Always do everything the same way.
While developing your load change only one element one time.
Limit your load to the lightest possible still giving a tight group.
Use corn meal filler to lift the ball to the level of the mouth of the chamber.
Use the same volume of corn meal in all the chambers.
Slug your bore and use a ball matching the groove to groove diameter of your bore.
Slug your chambers: it should size the ball close to your groove to groove diameter.
Slug all your chambers: all chambers must have the same diameter.
Check the gap between the barrel breach and cylinder at all the six positions. The size of the gap is secondary. Primary it must be the same at every chamber.
Check the size of the vent holes in the nipples frequently. Change the nipples when the hole is enlarged by 0.1 mm.
Always apply the same force when ramming the ball in place.
Check if your bore is perfectly in line with your chambers.
Use good quality soft lubrication on the balls.
Apply always the same amount of grease.
Use only clean burning good quality black powder.
Weight your bullets and powder charges as well with 0.1 grain accuracy.
If you shoot an open top revolver check if the cylinder axis is not loose, it fits perfectly in the hole on the barrel assembly. Check the wedge after each shot, to have the same gap between the cylinder and barrel breach each time.
The 45/70 was and always will be an excellent short range hunting round. With exceptional accuracy and good stopping power it is getting more and more popular here in Europe as well. Here is a short presentation of our Trapdoor carbine. The majority of this video is in Italian, but the last part about the hunting is in English.
We are really proud that we can support such excellent sportshooting events like the 23rd Annual Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match held June14-15, 2014 in Forsythe, MT. These people keep the spirit of those great old times alive. Please let me share with you the letter of Mr. Buz Coker, director of the Match.
“Dear Mr. Pedersoli,
I would like to thank you for your continued generous support of the Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match. This year’s donation of a Sharps 1874 rifle was one of the finest quality rifles you have provided us yet. It was a privilege to display it at the match and to present it to the winner at the prize drawings that conclude the match. The Pedersoli rifle was won by Dean Andvik of Kindred, North Dakota. He was very pleased at his good fortune as you can see in the picture provided below.
This year’s Quigley Match had 602 shooters competing from 36 different states and three foreign countries (Canada, Australia and Germany). It was a great success despite starting with a half-day rain delay on the first day of the match. The Quigley Match continues to be the largest rifle match of its kind in the United States and the unofficial “national championship.”
Thank you again for your kind support. Gloria did a wonderful job coordinating the timely delivery of the prize rifle.
Quigley Match Director”
The results of the match:
Twenty-Third Annual Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match
June 14-15, 2014
Sponsored by the Forsyth Rifle and Pistol Club of Forsyth, MT. In attendance were 602 shooters from 36 states and 3 foreign countries. Eight shots were taken at each of six targets from 350 to 805 yards for a possible of 48 hits.
2014 Quigley Match Champion Edward Tilton, Columbia Falls, MT 45 hits
2nd Place Overall Curt Hardcastle, Silver City, NM 43 hits
3rd Place Overall Harlan Sage, Sidney, NE 42 hits
4th Place Overall Ray Hanson, Twin Valley, MN 41 hits
5th Place Overall Corky Atkinson, Malone, WI 41 hits
6th Place Overall Mike Buchholz, Hot Springs, SD 41 hits
7th Place Overall Steve Bockman, Greybull, WY 41 hits
8th Place Overall John Venhous, Sandpoint, ID 41 hits
9th Place Overall Randy Anderson, Miles City, MT 41 hits
10th Place Overall Bruce Stevens, Sheridan, WY 40 hits
International Champion Thomas Buck, Hulben, Germany 34 hits
B Class – 1st Place Ross Christen, Fredericksburg, SD 25 hits
2nd Place Alan Brown, Kinsey, MT 24 hits
3rd Place Brooklyn Tronstad, Baker, MT 24 hits
1st Place Lady (Crazy Cora) Tiffany Sage, Sidney, NE 39 hits
2nd Place Lady Sherri Summers, Geraldine, MT 38 hits
3rd Place Lady DewAnn Smith, Sidney, NE 38 hits
Top Couple Harlan & Tiffany Sage 81 hits
Top Father-Son Team Dave & Jared Gamble 74 hits
Forsyth, MT and Sheridan, WY
Top Father-Daughter Team Rick Smith & Laurie Keller 72 hits
Forsyth, MT and Billings, MT
Top Three Generation Team Linda Clendenen, Bill Clendenen 102 hits
and Cash Clendenen
Amidon, ND & Spearfish, SD
Small-Fry (age 12 & below) Jocelyn Rarick, Pine City, MN 31 hits
Junior (age 13-16)
1st Place Savannah Hickey, Baker, MT 34 hits
2nd Place Colton Derenburger, Forsyth, MT 34 hits
3rd Place Evan Martin, Montana City, MT 27 hits
Senior (age 62 & above)
1st Place Curt Hardcastle, Silver City, NM 43 hits
2nd Place Ray Hanson, Twin Valley, MN 41 hits
3rd Place Corky Atkinson, Malone, WI 41 hits
Top Senior Lady Linda Herzog, Great Falls, MT 38 hits
White Buffalo (72 & above) Ken Heier, Bismarck, ND 38 hits
Top Lever Action Rifle Bill Clendenen, Spearfish, SD 35 hits
Top Original Trapdoor Bill Gloor, Billings, MT 35 hits
Top Traditional Ballard Harlan Sage, Sidney, NE 42 hits
Top Scoped Rifle Rick Herzog, Great Falls, MT 40 hits
Top 1st Time at Quigley Ryan Butorac, Kettle Falls, WA 38 hits
Quigley Match Rifle Drawing Winners
Shiloh Sharps Rifle Walt Farmer, Strasburg, CO
Pedersoli Quigley Rifle Dean Andvik, Kindred, ND
C. Sharps Arms Rifle Justin Haynes, Billings, MT
Jim Wilcox Memorial Pellet Rifle Jocelyn Rarick, Pine City, MN
Forsyth Rifle Club .22 Rifle Riley Harris, Henry, NE
Congratulation to all participants!