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Other than sighting devices, my build is complete. I've got a pair of MagPul BUIS that will probably go on until I find an optic and base/rings that suit me.

I'm more than ready to start reloading.
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I don't have the Remington bullets in my possession yet. It appears that they look like this.
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What’s the dual cannelure for?
 

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What's the dual cannelure for?
Don't know why the dual cannelure, but this bullet is built for the 25-20 WCF. It is a soft bullet and expands very well at 25-20 velocities. Should be explosive at 25-45 Sharps velocities.

years ago I used them in my 26" barrelled 25-06, IIRC 780 powder pushed them to 3300 fps. Made pink mist out of a whistle pig.
 

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I still like this 25-45 cartridge. I really thought it would catch on. Still wondering why it did not. They even came out with a wildcat to address the olgive in the case mouth issue for those who preferred the heavier bullets. It shortened the case a bit but did not suffer any performance issues because the heavier bullet took up powder space anyway.

I am looking forward to the range report on this rifle, especially the accuracy aspect. The cartridge has the reputation of being a 2 moa cartridge, and my example certainly lived up to that reputation, but 2 moa is plenty good enough for the intents of the cartridge, namely deer and pigs.

I am thinking of building me another upper in this caliber, especially if @GoesBang gives a favorable review. I will likely go with the 24" barrel because the cartridge needs it to live up to it's velocity potential.

Even if the cartridge dies out, it will be no problem as 223 brass is plentiful and easily formed to 25-45 Sharps brass.
 
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I had ordered some bullets about a week and a half ago. Some of the ones I had ordered (Remington) weren't really in stock. The owner of the company told me that he would replace/upgrade the order.

These arrived today.
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You buy some really old bullets.
 

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I never knew that there was an expiration date.
Just saying, they look like the boxes with $5 price tags on them that you find in some old guys gear when he passes and his widow asks for help clearing things out.

Bet you didn't pay $5 though.:p

I have some CCI plastic boxes of 100 mini mags with 2.50 price tags that my SIL got from his grandpa's place when they cleaned it up after he passed.
 

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I still like this 25-45 cartridge. I really thought it would catch on. Still wondering why it did not. They even came out with a wildcat to address the olgive in the case mouth issue for those who preferred the heavier bullets. It shortened the case a bit but did not suffer any performance issues because the heavier bullet took up powder space anyway.

I am looking forward to the range report on this rifle, especially the accuracy aspect. The cartridge has the reputation of being a 2 moa cartridge, and my example certainly lived up to that reputation, but 2 moa is plenty good enough for the intents of the cartridge, namely deer and pigs.

I am thinking of building me another upper in this caliber, especially if @GoesBang gives a favorable review. I will likely go with the 24" barrel because the cartridge needs it to live up to it's velocity potential.

Even if the cartridge dies out, it will be no problem as 223 brass is plentiful and easily formed to 25-45 Sharps brass.
I have two 25-45s and they both shoot sub MOA… Believe me,it’s not the cartridge or caliber. Not every barrel or rifle build is going to produce sub MOA accuracy.There’s lots of variables that have to come together to produce that type of accuracy so do your due diligence to figure out what went wrong in the build….
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I have two 25-45s and they both shoot sub MOA… Believe me,it’s not the cartridge or caliber. Not every barrel or rifle build is going to produce sub MOA accuracy.There’s lots of variables that have to come together to produce that type of accuracy so do your due diligence to figure out what went wrong in the build…. View attachment 73764
Don’t think there was anything wrong with the build. All of my AR builds shot better than my 25-45 Sharps, save one. And that one, a pencil barreled lightweight build, would out shoot the 25-45 for a few rounds until the barrel got hot.

Even so, the 25-45 was no slouch. It shot good enough that no deer within reasonable range would be safe, it just was not ground hog worthy beyond a few hundred yards.
 
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