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I know most of you are into modern single shots, I prefer the old 1800's cartridge guns. Frank Mayer dictated a book about his days as a Buff Runner. It is a very interesting read. He discusses cartridges, loading cleaning, even rifling.



"It's common for modern riflemen to look down their noses at these old rifles of ours, dub them "smokesticks" and believe no accuracy is possible without a military type rifle and modern smokeless powder ammunition. I guess it doesn't do them any harm to believe in fairy tales, but let me tell you something: no rifles made could match these old Remingtons and Sharps we runners used.

Prove it? Sure. Why not? With carefully handloaded ammunition and perfectly adjusted telescope sights, we could make full possibles at any range from fifty to 500 yards. We could do it in the face of heavy wind, straight on, fishtail, or full cross currents. At distances above 500 and up to 1,000 yards, the .45-120-550 Sharps with patched bullets is absolutely unsurpassed by any weapon known to man. In these performances there are never any unaccountables with Sharps: the rifleman knows why the missles went wrong and can instantly call them. Can this be done with any modern so-called "super-gun"? It cannot.

I have seen the .45-120-550 Sharps lay down 200 buffalo with just 200 shots, most of them at distances ranging from 300 to 600 yards. Is there any modern rifle, even the magnums, which could do that? Show it to me if you find it, will you?"





To read an excerpt ....Poke here:

http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/resources/archives/five/buffalo.htm
 

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I have been to the sillywet matches at Shippensburg, shooting to 500 meters with my Trapdoor and open sights. 65 grains of ffg and a 500 grain bullet, I was knocking them down regularly off the cross sticks. That was back in 1988&1989. Sure confirmed for me the range of those big bullets.
 
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