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Sharps Borchardt 1878 Military Government Model

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Sharps Borchardt 1878 Military Government Model

#1 Post by Kevinofborg » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:06 pm

Does anyone have a Sharps Borchardt 1878 Military Government Model (45-70) and shoot it? Any recommendations on commercial ammo? Cowboy loads?
Anyone have the book by Frank De Haas Single Shot Rifles and Actions?

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#2 Post by dezzertrat » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:55 pm

Searching the 'net reveals only about 7000 military model rifles were made. That's quite a piece.

I'm not very knowledgeable about these, my only black powder cartridge rifle is an 1884 Trapdoor.

I think any commercial lead bullet cowboy ammo should be safe to shoot. I believe all the cowboy ammo is safe for a Trapdoor, and the Sharps should be stronger.

For handloads, a 405 grain lead bullet and 26 grains of Accurate 5744 is plenty safe for a Trapdoor and should be fine for the Sharps.

There are some who believe only black powder should be used in these rifles. I won't argue with them, except I believe that published data for 5744 produces black powder pressures if the data from the Trapdoor section is used.

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#4 Post by CDFingers » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:50 pm

Oh, so, very cool.

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#5 Post by Enfield Shooter » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:26 pm

Very, very nice. How does it shoot?
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#6 Post by Kevinofborg » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:09 pm

Thanks AGB-1 for the lead on the book. I forget about EBAY as I have bought most of my used books from Amazon.

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#7 Post by AGB-1 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:59 am

https://www.facebook.com/GRPClub
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#8 Post by Kevinofborg » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:01 pm

That would be a good drive from me 130-140 miles one way but thanks for the tip.
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