I ordered a new mold for my Shiloh Sharps, man does that baby shoot!
It is called a money bullet, it was designed by a guy called Dan Theadore. This guy knows the ins and outs of what makes a Sharps shoot. He is like Wayne is for the Colt revolvers. You can look it up on Buffalo Arms under bullet molds. It is 520 grns. and it cuts the wind better than anything out there. I can load this one out with 2 grease grooves showing out of the case, that is where it hits the rifling in my chamber. The front band on the bullet is .001 smaller so you can set the bullet out. That lets me load 76 grns. of powder in a 45-70. I hit 9 out of 10 Rams @ 500m., 9 out of 10 Turkeys @ 400m. I only hit 7 out of 10 Pigs at 300m. that was disappointing, we had a head wind that was popping up and then disappearing, my 3 missed shots went right under the target, so I think the head winds got me. It was not a good load for shooting offhand for the chickens at 200m., that rifle was knocking the $hit out of me with 76grns. of Swiss powder, the other shots were in the prone poisition. It is hard to get good sight sightings shooting off hand at those chickens, you can't hold the rifle still, no one can. So you just see the chicken fly thru the front sight and then it is gone, then you see it fly thru again. It is about like shooting at Quail, Hee Hee. You can shoot off the bench and get a sight setting but it will be different when you go back to shooting off hand. Anyway, this load will not work for offhand shooting, it just kicks too bad. I will try changing to Goex 1F and that should drop the recoil and the speed down so I can shoot it off hand. I shot this load at 100yds. and put 3 rounds in the same hole, not a ragged hole, I'm talking in a .45 caliber hole, 3 bullets in a row. It will shoot 10 rounds in a 1.75" hole @ 200yds. I will try to post some pics. later of the targets and bullet.
If you need any info. about loading and shooting a Sharps rifle take a look at the Shiloh rifle forum and you can find all the info. about any part of loading, casting, shooting and anything else you will need to know. My revolvers are jealous of the Sharps, I haven't shoot them in a while, but I will get back to them just as soon as I get an offhand load worked up for the Sharps.