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Pulled out the Sharps
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:04:56 am »
This past weekend was the Delaware state championship and I got to take the '74 Sharps carbine out for the side matches Friday.  The target was set at 100 yards and I was able to get off 5 rounds of 45-70 in just over 31 seconds.  I came in second; the winner getting the shots off in around 24 seconds.  He was shooting a trapdoor. 

I had a wonderful time! 
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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 06:24:36 pm »
Do you keep rifle on shoulder for the reloads.  If not you may be able to shave a little off the time.  Suggestion i got from Split Rail at WR last year.
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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013, 07:35:00 pm »
Captain, I thought about that.  However, with the Sharps rifle for me to get the spent brass out of the breech it would require me to raise the gun higher than I was comfortable with the safety requirements with the berm.  So I did lower it to remove empties and reload.  The remaining cartridges were on the table so it wasn't really that much of a stretch.  I'm sure there are ways to improve my time, especially with practice.  Something to work on for next year's match.
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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2013, 02:06:02 pm »
You may find a slight elevation and a sharpish working of the lever may turn the extractor into an ejector
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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 11:33:02 am »
Captain, I thought about that.  However, with the Sharps rifle for me to get the spent brass out of the breech it would require me to raise the gun higher than I was comfortable with the safety requirements with the berm.  So I did lower it to remove empties and reload.  The remaining cartridges were on the table so it wasn't really that much of a stretch.  I'm sure there are ways to improve my time, especially with practice.  Something to work on for next year's match.

Hi

While I'm a Safety Engineer, unless you don't feel a normal recoil when you pull the trigger, I wouldn't worry about how high you raise the gun between firing and reloading.  It IS a single shot after all.  It's not NICE to do that, but it should be safe.

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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2013, 09:56:11 am »
Perhaps my comment was misunderstood.  The safety rules at the shooting club prohibit raising the barrel of the gun above the berm for safety reasons.  To violate this rule means match DQ.
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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 02:49:26 pm »
It'd be tough to shoot a rolling block there.
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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2013, 02:54:42 pm »
Perhaps my comment was misunderstood.  The safety rules at the shooting club prohibit raising the barrel of the gun above the berm for safety reasons.  To violate this rule means match DQ.

Yep it was.  I've only talked to Bullseye shooters when they raise a loaded barrel above the berm.  I even stop the air pistol shooters from doing that.

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Re: Pulled out the Sharps
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2013, 07:11:54 pm »
My research and practice leaves me to believe, that for single shots (ONLY for single shots) trying to maintain the weapon on the shoulder makes little difference in times.  Whatever time lost in mounting and dismounting are countered by the longer travel of cartridge to breech, as well as the more difficult manipulation required to both eject and chamber the round.

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