Practical information is interspersed with interesting historical tales. This is the definitive book on shooting the old black powder rifles of the great buffalo harvest era. These handsome capandball six guns were among the most popular in the old west. The heavy barrel, the doubleset triggers, and the powerful chambering, all pointed towards a big game rifle of the 1870s. Sargent york of wwi fame, learned off a kentucky type rifle.
If you are interested, complete rules are listed on line at nra rulebook. However, for loads for hunting and target shooting for ranges below 200 yards i generally shoot 400 gr bullets in my single shots and 300 to 350 gr ones in my lever action rifles. Too big doesnt exist for buffalo, but you must shoot something you can handle and shoot well with, first and foremost. Shooting lever guns of the old west, softbound book, by. All4shooters field tested three different versions of pedersoli sharps rifle. Single shot and buffalo single shot firearms must be originals or replicas of single shot rifles manufactured during the period from approximately 1860 until 1899. Before that, most arms were produced by small gunmaking operations. Old west firearms cowboy action shooting is a multifaceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the old west. This is a place to meet, ask question or share knowledge and experiences about long range shooting matches and about the rifles used in the old days to harvest buffalo hides.
To get started buy mike ventorinos book shooting buffalo rifles. Towards the end of the dry season, as buffalo rapidly lose condition, it becomes more common to have exit wounds. Throw in well researched and documented information on reloading black powder and smokeless loads in each caliber for the various lever guns and you have one of the most comprehensive books on classic lever guns. Buffalo revolver and rifle club in west seneca has a new range. It also discusses in detail reloading cartridges for many calibers that were popular in these rifles. Assra forum shooting buffalo rifles of the old west. Check out shooting buffalo rifles of the old west by m.
If were talking buffalo rifles as theyre usually thought of, there were several calibers professional hunters used. Although there is a fair amount of material available on handguns used by the texas rangers in the old west a major story interest of mine, information on the other weapons they used is more scarce. Wellknown black powder cartridge rifle silhouette shooter and author mike venturinos new book shooting buffalo rifles of the old west covers every aspect. I also killed buffalo with a 9,3x74r, but it isnt my choice as a buffalo round.
Books, media, magazines, art books page 1 wolfe pub. Homemerchandisebooks shooting buffalo rifles of the old west mike venturino. Dec 19, 20 the firing lines are mobile and can be moved out of the way. Named for the republic of texas navy, over 200,000 were manufactured between 1850 and 1873. An 1887 government survey cited the sharps singleshot rifle with shooting more buffalo than any other gun during the hidehunting years of 1867 through 1882. Talk w the rso and theyll let you roll it out of the way for prone shooting. Rifles 1874 sharps rifle there were several new series of these guns, both following the old time gunsmiths personal initiative and obeying the specific request of the customers. Buffalo are seldom shot at a range exceeding 100 yards, and are often shot at 2050 yards. The sharps rifle has always been a versatile firearm design, easily adapted to different calibers. The buffalo were saved from extinction and today it is estimated that there are over 150,000 bison on public preserves and in private hands. The old buffalo hunters i talked with, and who are now gone to the happy hunting ground, differed in their descriptions of the cartridge used by the big fifty, some claiming it was.
Shiloh sharps shooters forum a shooting sports community. Clip from a old video cassettevhs i recorded some years ago. The 4h western heritage project combines a study of the old west with a different type of. And consider the extra hazzard in those methods as compared with engaging the buffalo from 400800yds and shooting them with heavy caliber rifles. If you own a single shot rifle or shoot black ppwder, this book is an excellent addition to your library. A thoroughly researched book that details the history of the lever guns of the old west, as well as their modern replicas. At that range with a 460 on a buffalo in a herd, id have wounded at least one other buffalo and maybe several. Mike again has put his vast knowledge and years of experience in shooting all types of lever action rifles from the old west.
This model 1874 sharps arrived in the collection in 1975 and really had no history attached to it other than being an old gun from a donor in montana. Mike venturinos shooting buffalo rifles of the old west has a pretty extensive section on reloading black powder, at least in the larger buffalo calibers. The springfields, sharps, remingtons, ballards and winchesters of the blackpowder era are detailed in 288. Sharps big 50 buffalo rifle national firearms museum. Shooting buffalo rifles of the old west shiloh rifle forums. Massive hunting parties began to arrive in the west by train, with thousands of men packing.
We know that you may not be ready to purchase just yet. On paper these old rifles dont show up so well when set alongside modern rifles, but when you are shooting game as we did you arent computing on paperyou are counting hides. Shooting practice and, eventually, competitions became a more regular part of training, preparing soldiers to use the rifle with crackshot accuracy on the open prairie. Matches are held on the forth saturday of each month of the year. The old buffalo hunters i talked with, and who are now gone to the happy hunting ground, differed in their descriptions of the cartridge used by the big fifty, some claiming it. Things you should know about shooting the black powder cartridge rifle. Shooters bible guide to tactical firearms index of es. Later this year ill be shooting cape buffalo with my great old fn action sako 375 wby with 350gr pills, softthen solids. Shooting buffalo rifles of the old west 9781879356924. These men, after all, were not sport hunters, but market hunters after hides. Armed with powerful, longrange rifles, individual hunters could kill as many as 250 buffalo a day.
From shooting the originals by winchester and marlin, as well as the many replicas made today. Where the buffalo no longer roamed history smithsonian. Founded in 1816 by eliphalet remington, remington arms co. The latest reprint of mike venturinos series on old west firearms, shooting buffalo rifles of the old west, evokes memories of these historic rifles, and the colorful characters who shot them, from a seminal period in our nations past. Shooting buffalo rifles of the old west rifle shooter. I am a firm believer in not wasting bullet alloy unnecessarily.
Shooting buffalo rifles of the old west, he helps decipher black powder cartridge specs as they were used by buffalo hunters. Mike has put his vast knowledge and years of experience in shooting buffalo rifles into this book. Talk wthe rso and theyll let you roll it out of the way for prone shooting. Shooting buffalo rifles of the old west, includes the springfields, sharps, remingtons, ballards and winchesters of the blackpowder era. They have connections with east aurora fish and game club for summer cmp qualification shooting, limitedsupervised qualification shooting.
Shooting lever guns of the old west, softbound book, by mike. The buffalo rifles hold our matches on the rbgc silhouette range. Today, in the 21st century, we shoot these rifles for the sheer fun of it, for score at the target range, and for the ethical hunting of game for table fare. Black powder cartridge reloading primer newly revised 9th edition.
If the opportunity to hunt buffalo in the northern territory comes your way, you have the chance to use a big buffalo gun as it was meant to be used for shooting big game in the bush at close range. Buffalo rifle generally refers to largecalibre, generally singleshot black powder cartridge firearms which were used to hunt the american bison or buffalo to. Buffalo range shooting park outdoor gun range pistol. Jul 17, 2012 massive hunting parties began to arrive in the west by train, with thousands of men packing. Arguably the most famous and recognizable rifle of the old west, the 1873 is a true icon of the frontier. Fly fishing books shooting buffalo rifles of the old west.
Buffalo arms is closed on the following holidays so that our employees can spend time with their families. One of the problems with this question is that muzzle loading rifles stayed in use well into the 20th century. Mike venturinos book, shooting buffalo rifles of the old west, has become a standard reference for these fascinating firearms. Lever or slide action, tubular feed, exposed hammer rifles or carbines are allowed, providing they are in safe working condition. As gun writer ned crossman stated in 1920, the 73 was the rifle that put the name. Three types of rifles in particular were used by professional buffalo hunters, namely the springfield rifle, remington no. Mike has a unique talent for including interesting and intriguing details on the subject about which he is writing. The firing lines are mobile and can be moved out of the way. Shooting buffalo rifles of the old west by mike venturino. Discuss buffalo rifles of the old west on the cascity forums. New years day, memorial day, independence day, labor day, thanksgiving and the day after, christmas eve open until 12. Buffalo rifle generally refers to largecalibre, generally singleshot black powder cartridge firearms which were used to hunt the american bison or buffalo to nearextinction in the late19th century.
This shooting buffalo rifles of the old west tend to be reliable for you who want to be a successful person, why. Shooting buffalo rifles of the old west mike venturino. See more ideas about old west, guns and lever action. My first one was taken at about 30 feet for the first shot and a second raking shot at 50 yards. Cowboy action shooting is now practiced in many places with several sanctioning organizations including the single action shooting society sass, western action shootists association wasa, and national congress of old west shooters ncows, single action shooting australia sasa, western 3gun as well as others in the u. Annie oakley, when she was a market hunter in the late 1860s and early 1870. Christian sharps 18111874 was the originator of a line of sturdy, practical, and popular military and sporting rifles and handguns that were associated with several events that shaped american history in 19th century, including armed conflict in kansas during the 1850s, the civil war, the era of the plains buffalo hunter, and the rise of modern longrange competition shooting during the 1870s. We look forward to spending the day with you and strive to bring you the best experience around.
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, old west style. There are lots of good loads, tips on bullet casting and. The latest reprint of mike venturino s series on old west firearms, shooting buffalo rifles of the old west, evokes memories of these historic rifles, and the colorful characters who shot them, from a seminal period in our nation s past. It also did more to destroy the plains indians nomadic way of life than any other firearm. From shooting the originals by remington and trapdoor springfields, as well as the many replicas made today. Shooting lever guns of the old west by mike venturino. Inspired by the great remington rolling block design, the author decided to build a buffalo gun for hunting and shooting cowboy singleshot longrange events. Game birds a celebration of north american upland birds. Pbs the west the buffalo harvest, by frank mayer with.
Accordingly, their reputation for smooth handling and perfect balance made these. Christian sharps 18111874 was the originator of a line of sturdy, practical, and popular military and sporting rifles and handguns that were associated with several events that shaped american history in 19th century, including armed conflict in kansas during the 1850s, the civil war, the era of the plains buffalo hunter, and the rise of modern longrange competition shooting during the. The buffalo runners of the west simply stayed out of reach of the big beasts, usually shooting from a rest at ranges around 200 yards and sometimes more. The explanation of this shooting buffalo rifles of the old west can be on the list of great books you must have is definitely giving you more than just simple studying food but feed you actually with information that probably will.
There were features on the rifle that provided some clues. Cowboy action shooting cas, also known as western action shooting, single action shooting, cowboy 3 gun, western 3gun is a competitive shooting sport that originated in southern california in the early 1980s, at the range in norco, ca. Rifles, shotguns, and knives in the old west shotdoc home. We are centrally located 5 miles west of ottawa and 5 miles east of utica near the illinois river and the historic starved rock state park. The great remington rolling block buffalo gun project.1533 1438 218 1015 1131 762 170 752 1186 894 1236 765 954 250 437 668 1057 1160 1216 976 114 43 8 583 1252 24 652 697 223 189 113 479 883 62 527 371 242 1460 234 982 572 1247 816 249 955 20