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.
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