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Old 02-17-2008, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snow showin and hunting rabbits with a .45-70

Decided to go to a fav place to check out the Sharps. Knew it would be snowed in so I hauled out my "antique" 56" wooden trekkers (snow shoes) to hike in on.

Spent the morning walking to get away from the crowd of skiers and snow mobliers and did a 1/2 box worth of 405 gr BPCR stuff to get a handle on the sights and the feel of the new Sharps . Popped a few pine cones at around 75-100yds and mebbe I might have taken one or 2 at the local squirrels that were annoyed with me playing with their food supply.(sorry no pics, having too much fun to remember the camera )..

While I was removing the shoes at the trail head near the parking area, another couple began putting their shoes on and the guy happened to notice what I had. Turns out he has a C.Sharps Borchard (later model Sharps with enclosed hammer basically). Well we got to jawin' and he mentioned that was the 1st time hed seen someone out rabbit huntin' with a .45-70 and I said that I was just out plinkin'. There was an obvious "R.....I.......G......H.....T , B.S. look and with another shake of the head and over the shoulder remark about rabbit huntin' with a .45-70....

Well I get back to the car and happen to notice that my shootin' bag flap was open exposing my "antique" canine fur overmittens I carry when I'm out in the snow were in full view....

All in all a good day to be out and a good day "playin" with the new toy.

Next week we hit the local range (gotta sign up an pay fer the year to use same). Mebbe then we can remember to take a few pics and let y'all know exacltly how the Sharps shoots.

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I'm sure there wasnt enought of the tree rats to take a pic of...
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sure there wasnt enough of the tree rats to take a pic of...
We Run what we brung...

Truth be told I missed, but its been a while since I scared one that bad. It hit the branch just below the little beggar.

I'm just getting the hang of the full buckhorn and silver blade thats on it. I'm used to silver blades but the full buckhorn sight ia a tad different and has a slot thats a touch more narrow than I'm used to like the semi buckhorn on my Hawken, it'll take a bit of practice to get a full handle on snap shootin with it. Will say that even with the Sharps tipping the scale at 12 lbs its a real pleasure to shoot offhand. EXCELLENT quick mounting (my request for a 15" pull helps there) and the balance is perfect. It'll be a real nice deer-elk rifle this fall...


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Old 02-19-2008, 05:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've always wanted a .45-70 sharps, H&R makes what they call the Buffalo Classic. I call it the poor mans sharps. I handled one at the gun show this weekend and I may have to get one when I get my tax return.
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(my request for a 15" pull helps there)
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I've always wanted a .45-70 sharps, H&R makes what they call the Buffalo Classic. I call it the poor mans sharps. I handled one at the gun show this weekend and I may have to get one when I get my tax return.
Cool looking gun with a hell of a long barrel , I was looking at a SS .450 Marlin last night ( a slightly warmed 45-70) .
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HEY!!! I resemble that remark...
I learned the hard way via various instances of cheek bashing and getting smacked by ones own fingers that one relies on the 1/8" per 1 inch over "average height" (5'10") added to the pull to get sightline, etc. in the proper place...




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Cool looking gun with a hell of a long barrel , I was looking at a SS .450 Marlin last night ( a slightly warmed 45-70) .
Bah! 32" barrels are short leastwise in comparison to a traditionally built ML which is "usually" at least 36 but can be up to 42". That extra sight radius helps and having some extra barrel to cut dovetails further down towards the front helps when dealing with old eyes and iron sights...

.450 sounds fun but any particular reason fer that over the .45-70? Just curious...
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.450 sounds fun but any particular reason fer that over the .45-70? Just curious...
Not really, not much of a improvement over the 45-70 IMO. The shop just happened to have a "like new" SS Guide Gun on the rack. It looked like a nice compact package that makes a big hole
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Not really, not much of a improvement over the 45-70 IMO. The shop just happened to have a "like new" SS Guide Gun on the rack. It looked like a nice compact package that makes a big hole
Well thats as good a reason fer looking as Ive run into. Will say theres a decided advantage for big holes and big slugs, MUCH easier to spot without the need of glass when sighting in...

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Love the SS guide gun. How much was it BTW?
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Decided to go to a fav place to check out the Sharps. Knew it would be snowed in so I hauled out my "antique" 56" wooden trekkers (snow shoes) to hike in on...

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Hey, I saw this same post over on hellokitty.com.

All this talk of 45/70 make me want a Marlin '95. I passed one up last year and still regret it.
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Hey, I saw this same post over on hellokitty.com.
What can I say, I LIKE my new toy...

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All this talk of 45/70 make me want a Marlin '95. I passed one up last year and still regret it.
Well you do have a swede. What more could you want..

Reminds me, theres a probability I'll be down for my grandkids upcoming birth in June. Think ye might be up for a bit of pinecone popping-squirrel scaring iffen I can convince the wife that menfolk are in the way?

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