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Thread: Sharps .54 percussion

  1. #21
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    brisbane ,qld,australia
    Does work if the wad has a hole in the base.....but ,the felt is jammed into the check ,which may or not be a problem......Ive made much better "obturators" by cutting down plastic shotgun cases,and a proper moulded heavy plastic piece would work OK.....but you need a little hook to pull it out......Incidentally ,the Small Arms Commitee opinion of the WR Monkey tail....."accuracy is adversely affected by the wad in front of the bullet"..........Nows ,heres a question.....one of these guns used a bullet as a base obturator,the paper cartridge had the bullet in the base ,and first shot ,a bullet had to be inserted first........confusing for a soldier under fire,but the system worked well.

  2. #22
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Out in the sticks of NC
    I shoot an IAB Sharps in N-SSA competition and have no issues with it. It's had the breech done by Larry Flees and I use Charlie's Tubes to make the ammo. Both Larry and Charlie do a great job on Sharps blocks. I use only RWS caps and reliability isn't an issue with either of my Sharps carbines.
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  3. #23
    Boolit Man yulzari's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    France Nouvelle Aquitaine
    The Monkey Tail seems to have worked fine in service and with Boer farmers with the wad before the bullet.
    I came back to this and had the same thought of the felt wad with a hole in it for the flash channel. No need to hook them out if the next round pushed them forward to be fired out ahead of the bullet.
    I don't know about something needing a bullet inserted first. Just stuff in a cartridge, close lock, cap, fire and repeat.
    It will be a long time before my budget runs to a Sharps carbine though.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check