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Bobk,

I got a question for ya' Iggy. How come I always see (in the movies, mainly) Cowboys wearin' leather vests......even in the hot summer???? I wear a T shirt, to keep cooler.

Pockets and protection. Ever thing out in this part of the country kicks, bites, sticks, or stings. It can be 60 degrees and a wind doin' 30mph with gusts even higher and it still gits chilly.
In fact that vest in that picture was sheepskin lined.

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A few years ago I spent 4 years working maintenance in a mobile home park... the residents always thought I was crazy for wearing a long-sleeve flannel shirt* on sunny 100 degree days.

I just smiled, as I was using it as a personal swamp-cooler... I was tasked with watering the vacant lots - and whenever I started to get hot I would just walk through a sprinkler... the shirt would stay wet for another 20-30 minutes, cooling me nicely as the water evaporated out of it!


The same thing can be accomplished with use of a canteen or water-jug - and doesn't require that the water be safe to drink.



* with the front open, over a T-shirt.
 

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Here are my cowboy guns, the rifle is a Taylors and Co 1873 Deluxe Trapper, the left to right handguns are a Cimarron New Sheriff 3 1/2 in, a Cimarron Eliminator 4 3/4 in, a EMF Great Western II 5 1/2 in. and a Cimarron Custer Cavalry 7 1/2 in. All in 45 Colt caliber. Also Lawdog in your original post you have a typo. Your rifle in 357 magnum is an 1873 not an 1876. The 1876 Winchester was their first large caliber rifle being built in 45-75, 40-60, 45-60 and 50-95 calibers. IMG_4405 (2).JPG
 

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A couple more lever actions. I used the 94 in the 1960’s. I brought it out of retirement last December and harvested a nice 7-pointer with. Son used the Marlin while growing up until I got him a Model 70. Both, the Winchester and Marlin has been deer killers.

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Here are my cowboy guns, the rifle is a Taylors and Co 1873 Deluxe Trapper, the left to right handguns are a Cimarron New Sheriff 3 1/2 in, a Cimarron Eliminator 4 3/4 in, a EMF Great Western II 5 1/2 in. and a Cimarron Custer Cavalry 7 1/2 in. All in 45 Colt caliber. Also Lawdog in your original post you have a typo. Your rifle in 357 magnum is an 1873 not an 1876. The 1876 Winchester was their first large caliber rifle being built in 45-75, 40-60, 45-60 and 50-95 calibers. View attachment 456853
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