Black Powder rifle facts

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Black Powder rifle facts

Postby Sagebrush » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:16 pm

Did you know that 50-60 million buffalo roamed the great plains.
They were shot for their hide and tongues and meat and some Buffalo hunters killed as many as 250 a day .
Some even used the 45-110 , the king of the buffalo guns. By 1884 there were only 1,200-2,000 surviving buffalo.

The Hawkens 33-36 inch barrel, .54 cal was capable of 400 yards shots and even had a .68 cal ball rifle but was later replaced by the open gate single shot 50-60 Spencer, which was more accurate and had a faster loading time.

In 1874, Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls Texas, with the use of the 50-90 Sharp, shot an Indian off a hourse at the estimated range
(shortest) of 1028 yards. Before that time it was said to be good to 500 yards, for a bullet only going 1200 fps.

Just thought this might be interresting to some...............
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Re: Black Powder rifle facts

Postby Duplex lover » Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:38 am

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Re: Black Powder rifle facts

Postby clampdaddy » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:05 pm

I have a C. Sharps Arms semi custom Hartford model chambered in .45-2 7/8ths (AKA .45-110) and it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Those big 500 grain slugs make a neat sound as they cut the air on their way to a distant target. When all of the friends and family get together for an informal shoot day, it doesn't matter which rifles are layed out on the bench, everyone always wants to shoot the Sharps.
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