1863 chamber sizes?

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1863 chamber sizes?

Post by bohemianway » Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:06 pm


I have a 54 caliber carbine and rifle and the rifle has a .470" longer chamber. That aside. I am looking to get an 1863 Sporting rifle but in a .45 or smaller caliber for reduced recoil and better long range performance. I roll my own paper.

The Question(s):

1) what are the available chamber sizes for each caliber?

2) Would the shorter carbine chamber be better for the rifle?

Thank you,

George Babits
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Re: 1863 chamber sizes?

Post by George Babits » Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:21 am

The chamber in my original Sharps carbine is a good bit smaller than the chamber in my Farmingdale Shiloh Sharps infantry rifle. I roll my own paper cartridges and use the same ones in both the rifle and carbine with equally good results. Don't know if that helps you or not.


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