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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: gunner500] #16146830 06/06/21
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Good stuff for sure. Seems Quannah Parker’s pard took a big 50 slug. Those old guns were and still are pretty fearsome, especially in the hands of a master marksman.

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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Dirtfarmer] #16150802 06/07/21
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You bet DF would thoroughly blow to have an old Sharps Buffalo hunter cut down on a man back in those days, i remember of another story from Saint Bagwell of an outlaw getting shot with a Sharps, the Sharps shooter walked up on the dying man, he asked, "what rifle is it that sounds like a hummingbird?"

That dying man heard that blue whistler coming right before it went through him ; ]

Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Riflecrank] #16151268 06/07/21
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The Injun Billy Dixon shot wasn't really even wounded. Dixon did hit him though. I think the bullet pretty much bounced off. The fight was pretty much over anyway as the Comanch and their allies had given up assaulting the 'walls. They quit the country after the shot though. Injun's pards hauled him off.


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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Riflecrank] #16151954 06/07/21
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Have been in the pits during many target rifle matches, and if a bullet coming over your head sounds anything like a bumble bee or humming bird , if it hits the target is likely to leave either an egg shaped hole, a full side profile. Most of the time it'll be a miss.
In midrange you'll hear the shot about the same time as the bullet gets there. In long range/Creedmoor you'll hear the swish of the bullet and see the bullet impact before you hear the shot, If you hear the shot.

That said shooting steel at 1000 yards about the most you'll find from a bullet that hits the target is the base of the bullet about the size of a dime. So even at that range a hit to flesh is definitely not going to bounce off. A 44 or 45 caliber heavy bullet will cut the 2x4 of the target frame in two especially if it hits a knot.

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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Riflecrank] #16153841 06/08/21
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A beautiful Original Sharps! Pretty Cool! Thanks for Sharing!

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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: EthanEdwards] #16155733 06/09/21
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Originally Posted by EthanEdwards
The Injun Billy Dixon shot wasn't really even wounded. Dixon did hit him though. I think the bullet pretty much bounced off. The fight was pretty much over anyway as the Comanch and their allies had given up assaulting the 'walls. They quit the country after the shot though. Injun's pards hauled him off.

I wouldn't want to be whacked by one of those big bullets, even after flying thru the air for a mile or so.

I think it would make a dent. Wouldn't want to be the test victim.

I was with some guys year ago, shooting military '06 ammo at a gravel pit. After a while, a car drove up, a guy got out holding a .30 cal. FMJ bullet. He said it hit someone in their party. Our group had no idea they were there, couldn't see them. The bullet didn't break the skin. Pretty scary stuff. The bullet didn't look deformed at all, maybe a ricochet? Who knows. Bullets can do some crazy stuff.

I was shooting tracer .308 ammo off a bridge into a major canal at my farm. It was dark enough to see the tracers. It's amazing what those bullets can do. I saw a tracer hit the water, fly up in an arc out of the canal, land in a pasture where I had cattle. It was scary enough that I didn't shoot any more into the water. It was fun, however, shooting them straight up in the air. Pretty cool.

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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Riflecrank] #16156038 06/09/21
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I have participated in (2 ) 1 mile shoots with the Sharps that's 1760 yds surveyed. The guy who owns the range showed us some bullets that hit the steel target their noses were expanded at a angle to the body because of the angle they were coming down at. Yeah they were still moving at a velocity fast enuff to penetrate flesh easy enough. Don't anyone bullsh*t you on the lethality of big lead bullets. Mb


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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Magnum_Bob] #16156455 06/09/21
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Originally Posted by Magnum_Bob
Don't anyone bullsh*t you on the lethality of big lead bullets. Mb

I’m a believer.

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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Dirtfarmer] #16160469 06/10/21
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Originally Posted by Dirtfarmer
Originally Posted by EthanEdwards
The Injun Billy Dixon shot wasn't really even wounded. Dixon did hit him though. I think the bullet pretty much bounced off. The fight was pretty much over anyway as the Comanch and their allies had given up assaulting the 'walls. They quit the country after the shot though. Injun's pards hauled him off.

I wouldn't want to be whacked by one of those big bullets, even after flying thru the air for a mile or so.

I think it would make a dent. Wouldn't want to be the test victim.

I was with some guys year ago, shooting military '06 ammo at a gravel pit. After a while, a car drove up, a guy got out holding a .30 cal. FMJ bullet. He said it hit someone in their party. Our group had no idea they were there, couldn't see them. The bullet didn't break the skin. Pretty scary stuff. The bullet didn't look deformed at all, maybe a ricochet? Who knows. Bullets can do some crazy stuff.

I was shooting tracer .308 ammo off a bridge into a major canal at my farm. It was dark enough to see the tracers. It's amazing what those bullets can do. I saw a tracer hit the water, fly up in an arc out of the canal, land in a pasture where I had cattle. It was scary enough that I didn't shoot any more into the water. It was fun, however, shooting them straight up in the air. Pretty cool.

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I'm sure it could have killed him, had it hit him in the head or maybe the heart, even if it hadn't broken the skin. It wouldn't surprise me if he had a broken bone or two.


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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: EthanEdwards] #16162073 06/11/21
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Well it reportedly made a believer out of him and ultimately the whole band.

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Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Riflecrank] #16162215 06/11/21
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gunner500,
I truly enjoyed your Pics, and information, on your loads and shooting! Been looking for one like yours for a long time! Especially in that Caliber! I'd be re missed if I didn't say! I'm sure that you've heard it before, and I know that you'll hear it again, but if you ever decide to move it, please put me on the Long list! I've been known to not only step up, but also get creative with trades and the Likes! Thanks for Sharing!

Re: gunner500's 1874 Sharps .45-110 of 1877 production [Re: Riflecrank] #16164084 06/12/21
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Truly enjoying this post and all the enjoyable stories, relating to the history of the Sharps rifle, along with Adobe Walls, and the likes, with the larger caliber led being slung down field. It kinda reminds me of Lonesome Dove when Gus, (Robert Duval), says "that's enough", adjusted his sights on that old Henry Rifle and hit one of those Bush Wackers, taking pot shots at him, right square in the mid section! Classic!!! Those were hard days, way back when! Great post!

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