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pedersoli sharps question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by oklahoma caveman, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. oklahoma caveman

    oklahoma caveman Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    se oklahoma
    will a pedersoli sharps rifle withstand modern loadings or should i stick with the load data for the weaker actions?
  2. StrawHat

    StrawHat Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    NE Ohio
    Pedersoli Sharps and any Sharps are considered to have a moderately strong action. Stay away from the Ruger and Siamese loads. If you get the chance, read the article in the Handloaders Digest by Ken Waters. (When I find the issue, I will better cite the reference) It details most of the load info you are requesting.
  3. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Senior Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    never never land...never land here!
    Best bet....contact Pedersoli and put that question to them, also they will provide you with written documentation concerning the type, quality, strength, ect... of the loads authorized in their firearms.

    It pays to be safe-

  4. Sunray

    Sunray Elder

    May 17, 2003
    London, Ont.
    Pedersoli Sharps rifles are black powder cartridge rifles. There's BP load data on their site.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2009
  5. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Senior Elder

    Sep 8, 2005
    Buffalo Bore specifically names the Pedersoli as a rifle safe to use with its .45-70 Magnum ammo. That implies it will definitely handle modern loads.

    That said, people who want to pump up the .45-70 like that probably haven't ever used the black powder loads on anything.

    The Sharps is a falling-block single shot, not ideal for a dangerous game gun. However, what it WILL do is shoot HEAVY bullets. That's its greatest strength.

    Pedersoli Sharps replica, 68 grains of GOEX, 525 grain (or so) bullet from a Lyman mold, part wheelweight, part pure lead. 80 yards, one-shot drop, bullet went straight through and kept going. Still have some meat, over 1 1/2 years later.

    You don't need modern velocity to make that heavy bullet work. What you REALLY don't need in a .45-70, for hunting game, is an expanding bullet.


    I'd be more interested in the bullets the thing will shoot, and getting to know the trajectory, than trying to push light bullets as fast as possible. 405 grains is a light bullet, BTW, in this context.

    Smokeless powder is convenient to avoid corrosion and to make cleaning less urgent. It kinda sucks to shoot something like an elk or larger at sunset, have to field dress it on no dinner, and THEN have to clean the rifle...:)

    But the point of hot .45-70 loads, to me, is to make a Guide Gun into a more viable DG rifle. The Pedersoli has other merits.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2009
  6. Fairshake

    Fairshake New Member

    Jul 27, 2009
    Livingston, Louisiana

    Armed Bear , Why would you say that you would have to clean your BP Sharps after shooting an elk? Did I read or maybe I mis- understood your post. I 'm new to your forum and came across your post. I'm a BP shooter since 1971 and I shoot 3 CAS matches a month with BP loads. I sometimes such as now shoot on Saturday and don't clean till Tuesday. My guns are like new and show no ill effects. Later David

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