View Full Version : Pedretti and sons Sharps .54 carbine???

Joey V.
December 6, 2010, 02:42 PM
I have a Pedretti and sons .54 sharps confererate carbine paper cutter sharps rifle. Now thats a mouthful of a rifle name huh... Anyway I can't get this thing to shoot worth a crap and I think it is the bore size maybe... I shot everything under the sun including 435 grain ringtail sharps bullets .547 diameter and I can push them out the barrel with little effort ising a ramrod. Also this rifle calls for no more that 80g of FF. The chamber can hold over 110g of BP to fill it full. As you all know leaving dead space in the chamber bettween he bullet and powder can be devastatingly dangerouse. I can make paper cartridges for it and fill them half with cream of wheat to take out the dead space but still it doesn't hold a good group at all. What options do you guys think I have to get this to be a shooter? In my experience ANYTHING can shoot good you just need to find the right food for it. Anyone care to lend some insight?
It has a 1-48 twist 22" barrel.
Joey V.

December 6, 2010, 03:15 PM
Have you slugged the bore ???
My IAB is a .54 paper cutter also but it slugs at .550"

Joey V.
December 7, 2010, 11:06 AM
Mine is about 55 cal sligtly under .548. That is my issue where can I buy 55 cal conicals for this thing as I do not melt my own lead??? Any info you can give me would be much appreciated!!