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How strong

groundhog244groundhog244 Member Posts: 53 ✭✭
How strong is the action in reproduction Italian Sharps rifles(1874)in 45-70 gov. compared to todays Ruger or Marlins rifles in 45-70.?????


  • CapnMidnightCapnMidnight Member Posts: 8,520
    edited November -1
    Should be just as strong, modern metal and a very stout design.
  • Hawk CarseHawk Carse Member Posts: 4,320 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Pedersoli "rates" their .45-70s for use with smokeless up to 29007 CUP. Their Sharps copies are NOT as strong as a Ruger and probably not as strong as a Marlin.
    This will still get you onto the "1886" page in the Lyman manual. Pedersoli recommends the Accurate Arms manual, look under "standard pressure, approx. 28000 psi"
    Is a 400 grain bullet at 1700 fps enough for you?

    Any Italian made .45-70 will have been proof tested for that pressure, so it won't blow up, but that is not saying how long the cheap ones will hold up with a "steady diet" of top loads.

    If you want more power in a Sharps, get a Shiloh and talk to Kirk, the owner, about heavy loads.
  • groundhog244groundhog244 Member Posts: 53 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks for the up-date on the pressure. groundhog244
  • eastbankeastbank Member Posts: 4,215
    edited November -1
    get a ruger if you want to turn a 45-70 into a 458 mag. your shoulder will give up way before the ruger does. mr myopic.
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