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Old March 3, 2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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Shooting the Cimarron .50-70 caliber McNelly Sharps Carbine

Cimarron Firearms' McNelly Sharps carbine is a replica of the guns used by Capt Leander McNelly's Texas Ranger Special Force in 1875 to tame the bandits of the Nueces Strip in south Texas. The carbine, built by Armi Sport is a reproduction of the Sharps percussion modeo 1859 carbines that were converted to fire .50-70 Government cartridges in the late 1860s.

The only downside to shooting this little gem is that factory made ammo is wicked expensive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JCA9yjQi7k
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Old March 3, 2013, 07:30 AM   #2
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Great video! That is one awesome rifle. But as you say, a person had better learn to cast and load for it if they want one.
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Old March 3, 2013, 11:21 AM   #3
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Another Great Video! Thank you! Mike, did you know there ISN'T a Shoulder stocked 1860 video on youtube? hint, hint, nudge..
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Old March 3, 2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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Loved the Video, I do not own a 50-70 anything so I love living vicariously with someones elses 8 dollar a bullet gun.. But I have looked at other 50-70 guns. Was always stopped by the ammo costs.. So let me ask to all you that know..

So now after this test the Duelist will have 20 empty brass cases.. How much will it cost to reload that brass for then next 20 shots????

And thanks for showing this duelist, I love the look of those rounds..

Does the box tell the Muzzle Velocity of that round..???

And Just a total dumb Question, are the rounds so expensive new because the brass costs so much??? So Few made per year???
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Old March 3, 2013, 12:47 PM   #5
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Thanks mike, I could almost hear the cash register ring as the target was hit...
Keep up the great work.

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Old March 3, 2013, 01:43 PM   #6
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Yes. Good video

Sharps is the next rifle I want to get hold of. And like you (Mike) said, I will probably go for a .45-70.

After viewing the video I went looking at brass for .50-70 and was stunned.

I can get .45-70 brass for about 40 cents a piece.

But the cheapest .50-70 I could find was about a buck and a half per case.

I was thinking it would not be so bad to start reloading .50-70. I suppose I will start in on .44-40 as well.

When I began I thought I'd just stick with .45 LC.

Silly me.
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Old March 3, 2013, 02:47 PM   #7
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Indy, I chronographed that load for the magazine article - 1,128 fps

The expense is due to supply and demand...demand is low, but supply is even lower. Brass can run up to $3 a shell, and there's quite a bit of lead...I guess it all adds up.
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Old March 4, 2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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Hey Duelist... also wanted to thank you for showing the rise and drop of that 50-70 bullet.. I knew that bullet had an arc .. But with simple photography and dialog you really visually demonstrated the bullets arch...
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Old March 6, 2013, 11:38 PM   #9
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Not too bad after you get the brass and a mold for them. Then its fairly cheep shooting then on as how many cases does a person really need for a single shot. Also takes a pretty tough shoulder to sit down and fire off 100 rounds through a carbine. But all in all a neat round to play with.
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Old March 7, 2013, 02:52 AM   #10
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I agree.

Without considering the price of the brass, the cost would be no more than loading .45-70 which is actually not terribly expensive to shoot. Especially when the weapon is a single shot model.
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