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The Shiloh Sharps .45-70 Government

What makes you think more of the west and frontiers and more buffalo than you could shake a stick at. A colt peacemaker? A Winchester rifle? A Sharps rifle? None of those are incorrect in my book. The imagery of a mountain of buffalo hides stacked up, and men in chaps and spurs and wagons and horses just evoke a certain emotion in me. The west, the wild west.

A Sharps rifle is what is known as a falling block or drop block rifle. A lever is swung forward that allows the breech block to fall or drop out of the way allowing you to insert one round into the chamber from the breech. The lever is then closed, and the breech block is lifted back up into place securing the round in the chamber. The hammer is cocked, the trigger is pulled, and the round is sent down range. A unique design for a unique era in firearms evolution. I love these rifles. These were the distance rifles of the time. In a time when real long range shooting was just becoming a thing for guns. This was the “sniper rifle” of the West.

I decided I wanted to go out and test some of the commercially available .45-70 Gov’t ammo and see which ones would shoot the best out of my new rifle. All performed admirably considering the type and style of sights I was using. Though of course, some shot better than others.  Can’t wait to upgrade the sights and get out there and do some real long range shooting. statement of compliance: This product and ammo was purchased. We Like Shooting has not been provided with any financial compensation for this review.

About The Author


Jeremy grew up in a small farm town in Ohio He started shooting at 8 yrs old with a lever action Marlin Gold Trigger. He spent four Years USMC and was awarded the company high shot. He also spent five years riding bulls, and worked several years as a security agent for a heavy metal band. Jeremy is also a NRA pistol instructor. You can also find Jeremy on his website at

1 Comment

  1. Dave (Tex) House

    I’m an old gun lover also and love my 45-70 Sharps.
    I have a Soule rear and globe front on mine and have shot out to 1,000yds with it.
    I normally use my cast bullets (495gr spitzer, 510gr RN or 535grn Postell) with SPG lube.
    I have used Black Hills Ammo out to 500yds on steel.
    One bit of advise. I always put my hammer on half cock before I open the lever.
    The “old guns guys” told me there’s a chance when opening the lever there could be just enough pressure on the firing pin that you may bend it.
    Could be just an old gun guys tale but its just a habit I got into.
    Hope to see y’all at SHOT show 2017!
    Keep up the good work.

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