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Plow Jockey, most of the single shot 45/70s you can shoot off the shelf ammo. Some of the old Springfield Trap doors should be checked by your local gunsmith first. Cor-Bon and Black Hills load up some healthy loads for the 45/70 and can be tough on a replica. Are you gonna just load jacketed and cast, or are you gonna load black powder with cast? The black powder with cast is a whole new world of shooting (and dirty also) but still a lot of fun.

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PlowJockey, youve buried yourself by stopping at the Sharps store, you wont be able to sleep or eat right till you get one. One of my friends is a sharps collector and attends all the antique gun shows all over the country. Awhile back he handed me a FRUMES(sp) Bros. 45/70 sharps, it was one of 13 known in existance. The gun had engraving all over and a roller type cam extractor, that worked in reverse to help seat the case. As I was handling it he told me how much he paid for it at the auction, $25,000.00, thats when I just about crushed the forarm and pistol grip trying to hand it back to him. He collects a lot of the Frumes(sp) items including holsters and belts. I think he shows me these item to watch me shake. He will come by the gun shop and identify old firearms for people at no charge. If they want a typed statment then he will charge them. You may not be looking for something quite that pricie, but a sharps is gonna put a dent in the grocery money. As stated elseware if you are gonna get this type of gun why not shoot black powder and cast in it.

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