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Sharp's paper cutter
« on: March 20, 2016, 03:33:16 PM »
1863 business rifle.



A couple of my dip lubed paper cartridges. Bullets are .557-490 ring tails, powder charge is 80 grains of FFG Swiss.



Cartridge slid in til it stops.



With the first band crunched into the rifling.



Should have used macro setting and outside but it's cold and windy today. The business rifle differs from the sporting rifle in that it has plain wood and a single trigger. Mine has a 29 inch octagonal barrel. A few Sharps did have octagonal barrels but I dunno who's imagination dreamed up the fold down rear sight on mine.
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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2016, 03:51:40 PM »
I had a chance to buy the same model but opted for the metallic cartridge 1874 instead.   I am considering buying the paper cutter too.   I know the guy still has it and I like the 1863 in .54 cal.

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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 04:28:48 PM »
I got a super de dooper deal on this one and he let me pay in installments or I wouldn't have a Sharp's at all but if I had my druthers it would be a 45-90 or 45-110. As it is I guess it's a 45-80.  (7+"

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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2016, 08:02:40 PM »
Hawg, that is uber-cool! I had my eye on a paper cutter .54 at the LGS I used to work at part-time back in the '80s; At the time I could have scored it it 10% over cost...cost was around 350 if memory serves. I passed because it was too rich for my blood at the time (if only!) and opted for my Trade Rifle instead.
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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2016, 08:57:54 PM »
I wish I'd had the foresight to buy some of the stuff I walked away from. Winchester yellow boy repros in the 80's for 300 and original 73 winchesters in the 90's for 300

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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2016, 08:18:27 AM »
... As it is I guess it's a 45-80.  (7+"...

You mean a 54-80?  Either way, a neat rifle and one of the few Sharps rifles I would like to own.

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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2016, 11:22:10 AM »
... As it is I guess it's a 45-80.  (7+"...

You mean a 54-80? 

yeah a 54-80  L@J

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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2016, 01:58:46 PM »
Hawk,

I have a 54 carbine also, mine is a Burnside.  I can get nearly 70 grains of powder in the case but prefer a 55 grain charge with a stubby 54 caliber bullet or round ball.

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Re: Sharp's paper cutter
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2016, 06:00:57 PM »
Hawk,

I have a 54 carbine also, mine is a Burnside.  I can get nearly 70 grains of powder in the case but prefer a 55 grain charge with a stubby 54 caliber bullet or round ball.

Kevin

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