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Old 09-22-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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I am seriously considering getting an 1860's model Sharpes. Do any of you guys have any experience with these? Can I even find Ammo for it or do I have to load my own? Any recs on where to purchase?

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Are .52 caliber cartridges even legal without a destructive device permit, or is there an exception for antiques and reproductions?

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The 1860s Sharps were loaded with regular black powder poured into the chamber after dropping a bullet in. The military issued paper Ctgs. and percussion caps. The Mdl. of 1874 used center-fire ammunition. The Sharps ammunition and reloading components are available thru Buffalo Arms, Midway etc.
You can get paper for rolling ammo for the early Sharps. My choice is the later 1874 model in .45-70 or 45-110. The .45-90 is a good choice and will work well with the .45-70 or 45-90. good luck.

I am slamming some 600 meter gongs with a Sharps 1874 "Gemmer" Long Range with a Leatherwood period scope. I am firing a .45-110 CTG. laoded with 110 grs. of Goex express with a 550 grs bullet poured 20-1 and paper patched over a .060. "Vegie" wad. Unless you are an advanced black powder reloader go with the Sharps in a .45-70 caliber.

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The 1860s Sharps were loaded with regular black powder poured into the chamber after dropping a bullet in. The military issued paper Ctgs. and percussion caps. The Mdl. of 1874 used center-fire ammunition. The Sharps ammunition and reloading components are available thru Buffalo Arms, Midway etc.
You can get paper for rolling ammo for the early Sharps. My choice is the later 1874 model in .45-70 or 45-110. The .45-90 is a good choice and will work well with the .45-70 or 45-90. good luck.

I am slamming some 600 meter gongs with a Sharps 1874 "Gemmer" Long Range with a Leatherwood period scope. I am firing a .45-110 CTG. laoded with 110 grs. of Goex express with a 550 grs bullet poured 20-1 and paper patched over a .060. "Vegie" wad. Unless you are an advanced black powder reloader go with the Sharps in a .45-70 caliber.
I definitely want one that shoots cartridges. I thought they started that in the mid 60.s. Looks like a mid 70s is what I am looking for. Any idea on pricing or good places to buy? I see them vary between 2k and 25k.
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I have shot a 1874 Sharps. Man, that thing has some serious recoil.

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Yes, pushing those big 500 and 600 grs. bullets is like being in car wreck.. I would look at the Cimarron Rifles by DPS.

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God I have problems sighting in my 30-06. Once I get about 10 rds through it Im done.

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get one in 45-70. the sheer massive weight of a octagon sharps makes it feel like a 223.

you cant use anything but low powered off the shelf stuff in one anyway.

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I guess some people could consider a Sharps to be the semi-auto of it's day (this area is about semi-auto rifles, right). I personally think it was the Henry, then the Winchester, lever actions.

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I have shot a 1874 Sharps. Man, that thing has some serious recoil.
I only shot one round out of it. And I kept checking my shoulder for bruising. I didn't get a bruise but, damn, that rifle hurt.
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