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Old May 20th, 2021, 08:46 PM #1
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BPCR Shooting

Does anyone here do BPCR shooting, either Silhouette or Long distance? I am thinking about trying it this summer. I would like to get some ideas of what rifles you are shooting, recommend or possibly selling that may help me get started. Also, what range do you shoot? I know Thurmont does one a few times a year.
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Old May 21st, 2021, 08:18 PM #2
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There are a few of the Hooligans that shoot BPCR. 4570inMD and BigRick have been shooting up in Shippensburg, PA. I hope to join them next month. We are mostly shooting 1847 Sharps in various flavors. Shiloh and C. Sharps. J8064 has a really nice Perdersoli in 45-70. The cartridges we shoot vary between 40-65, 40-70 SS, and 45-70. I suggest you hop on over to the Shiloh forum for more information. I can say that this type of shooting is a labor of love. It also ain't cheap but, it is worth every penny. Hope this helps.
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Like CombatAK said 4570inMd and I both shoot at Shippensburg, PA and Ridgway PA. 4570 shoots a Shiloh Sharps 1874 in 40-70 sharps straight and a Shiloh 45-70 if you haven't guessed. I shoot the same calibers except my 40-70 is a C. Sharps and my 45-70 is a Shiloh Sharps. If you go to Shippensburg's web site https://www.shippensburgfishandgame.com you can get the schedule and next month is the Super Shoot. Ridgway is hosting the 2021 BPCR Nationals at the end of July. http://ridgwayrifleclub.com. If your looking for a rifle to get started J2 Defense had a 45-70 C Sharps that had never been fired. Not sure if they still have it but I would be a great gun to get you started. 4570 is the resident expert and I'm sure he'll be around to give you all the info you need.
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Thanks BigRick and CombatAK,
I have a line on two rifles. One is a Pedersoli High Wall that has had a trigger job and also the new. Had a half a dozen shots through it. But, it will need a rear staff. Includes a MVA front sight and a MVA rear base chambered in 45/70 or a custom C Sharps about 20 years old that has a Lyman #2 rear tang sight and globe front chambered in 40-60. Included is 40 rounds of brass, 50 cartridges loaded and reloading dies.
Both are within $200 of each other in costs.
Not sure which one to go with but I need to make a decision ASAP..
Any Suggestions?
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Old May 23rd, 2021, 11:13 PM #5
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Thanks BigRick and CombatAK,
I have a line on two rifles. One is a Pedersoli High Wall that has had a trigger job and also the new. Had a half a dozen shots through it. But, it will need a rear staff. Includes a MVA front sight and a MVA rear base chambered in 45/70 or a custom C Sharps about 20 years old that has a Lyman #2 rear tang sight and globe front chambered in 40-60. Included is 40 rounds of brass, 50 cartridges loaded and reloading dies.
Both are within $200 of each other in costs.
Not sure which one to go with but I need to make a decision ASAP..
Any Suggestions?
Iím assuming that the C Sharps is 40-60 Maynard. If so that is an accurate round. Me personally if I had to choose between the 2 Iíd go C Sharps. Thatís just me. I own a C Sharps and I prefer my Shiloh over that. I know nothing about high walls so I canít say anything about the pedersoli. I do know that a gentleman that shoots with us at Ridgway and Shippensburg shoots a C Sharps high wall and heís a national champion and the only person to shoot a perfect score in BPCR silhouette.
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Welcome to the BPCR community.

Another vote for the C Sharps here, based on their successes at the BPCR matches. C Sharps rifles are known for their high-quality, precision, and accuracy.

BPCR shooting is great fun & calls upon your reloading and shooting skills. As mentioned earlier, it can get a bit pricey.

Other BPCR competitors are usually attempting to improve their personal scores and very willing to help others improve. You will be welcomed & assisted wherever you show up.
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I shoot puny rounds compared to y'all. I shoot a Ballard in .32-20. But I only shoot to 100 yds. 17 gr 3f 100gr Lyman #2 bullet.
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I'm working my way into in a strange, roundabout fashion. A late family friend had a large collection, and some time after his death most if it came to my family. I have his Pedersoli 1874 Sharps in .45-70 and his CPA Silhouette Stevens 44 1/2 in .40-65. I have been delinquent in gearing up for them (too many other competing hobbies; definitely not grounds for complaint). But my goal is to get a load developed for each and to shoot silhouettes at Shippensburg this year.

I also would go with the C Sharps. I like the Pedersoli Sharps a lot. The Sharps is kinda THE quintessential BPCR. I'm sure the Pedersoli Hi Wall is a good rifle, and .45-70 is the easiest cartridge to get started loading, just because the components are more common. But if the choice is between a hi-grade like a C Sharps, for the same money, that's where I'd go. Once you have the components to load for .40-60, it'll all be a wash. Molds, powder, lead, and primers all cost the same. Just getting the brass and dies is the hard(er) part.

Buffaloarms.com probably has the biggest selection of stuff.

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Thanks for the replies, input and suggestions. After careful consideration, I went with the almost new Pedersoli hi wall classic in 45/70. It had trigger work done and only 4 shots through it. The C Sharps was very nice but it was very well used. Also, the Hi Wall came with a MVA front glove sight and a MVA rear base. All I have to do is Roeder the staff. I already have the dies, brass powder and primers to start loading for it.
I too hope to start shooting at Shippensburg once I get set up.
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Thanks for the replies, input and suggestions. After careful consideration, I went with the almost new Pedersoli hi wall classic in 45/70. It had trigger work done and only 4 shots through it. The C Sharps was very nice but it was very well used. Also, the Hi Wall came with a MVA front glove sight and a MVA rear base. All I have to do is Roeder the staff. I already have the dies, brass powder and primers to start loading for it.
I too hope to start shooting at Shippensburg once I get set up.
I'm glad you made your choice. I might have an extra 535 grain mold that I ordered 2 of by accident that is perfect for the 45-70 if your interested. I know that Buffalo Arms is sold out of a ton of stuff and not sure how long the backorder would be on them. Congrats on the new purchase and can't wait to see you at the range!
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