45 cal .63 percussion

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loophole
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45 cal .63 percussion

Post by loophole » Fri May 20, 2016 2:34 pm

Did sharps build a .63 military rifle in 45 cal.? If not, why do you think shiloh built
one in Farmingdale?
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Amigo
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Re: 45 cal .63 percussion

Post by Amigo » Sat May 21, 2016 1:51 pm

Yes there were dome Farmingdale Shilohs built in 45cal in the 63 military version I had one.It is one of the guns I should t of sold,I had ordered a 54 military from the dealer here in Canada at the time but got a 45 by mistake.I was a bit ticked off until I realized that I could use all the bullet molds I used for my 45/70 rifles.I t was an accurate rifle in this cal
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Re: 45 cal .63 percussion

Post by loophole » Mon May 23, 2016 10:15 am

Thanks. What bullets did you use?
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Amigo
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Re: 45 cal .63 percussion

Post by Amigo » Tue May 24, 2016 5:17 pm

I used a 405 gr bullet cast from an old ideal mold,a lee 500gr bullet and one of the Shiloh Radcliffe style buffalo bullets which I think I still have the mould for. The best bullets to use are the ones with large grease grooves to hold plenty of lube
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loophole
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Re: 45 cal .63 percussion

Post by loophole » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:19 pm

My Shiloh '63 military rifle keyholes anything larger than 405 gr bullets at 50 yds. 405gr appear to be unstable and are not accurate at 50yds.
The 385gr lyman shoots 1-1/2" at 50 yds. I have used Montana Bullet Co. 300 and 325 bullets with about 1-1/4 groups.
I measured the twist rate and got I in 48". Off bench rest with 4X lyman Centennial scope, foggy 70 year old eyes.
This is a great rifle--almost no recoil with 65gr FFg.
I love the sharps percussion rifle. Too bad this part of the forum is almost dead.
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