South-Eye Ned Posted March 24, 2020 Share Posted March 24, 2020 I recently purchased an Uberti Sharps 1874, and am pretty excited about it. I intend for this to be my jumping-off point for beginning to reload my own cartridges, but that will have to wait a bit. But, for now I have a couple of questions. Please, indulge me if you know the answers. I bought the Sharps third-hand, and as a part of the sale, received a box of 50 reloaded cartridges marked .45-70 govt on the brass, but the cartridge has a COL of 3.003" and not the standard spec of 2.550", as indicated in the usual manuals. These are black-powder cartridges, BTW, but isn't the length too long? It fit in the chamber, but I did not try to close the block. I was told by the seller that the cartridges were reloaded by the original owner to fit his competitive shooting specs. Are there different specs for competitive shooters that are noted in some other source other than the standard spec manuals? I have the Sierra and Lyman Handbooks. Thanks for your expert answers. (Guessers go away!) I am South-Eye Ned Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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