Ideal Bullets .451- is the standard size of bullets for the original .45 caliber Sharp rifles. There were many rifles, however, made by the Sharp Company toward the last of their existence, that were bored, rifled and chambered for the .45-70 U. S. Government cartridge, which requires a ball .457 in diameter. This mix up has caused much trouble among owners of these valuable rifles. It is generally safe for those whose rifles will chamber the regular .45-70 Government cartridges correctly to conclude that the proper size ball for such rifle is the .457 Government and not the .451 Sharp.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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