New AR Cartridge for Hunting

Sharps Rifle Company will bring more power to the AR platform with the .25-45 Sharps this summer.

The .25-45 Sharps cartridge from Sharps Rifle Company is designed to fire an 87-grain, .25-caliber Speer Hot-Cor bullet at a muzzle velocity of 3000 fps. And since the new cartridge is based on the .223 Rem., the only thing you need to convert your AR-15 to .25-45 Sharps is a new barrel.

Dave Campbell wrote a good report on the cartridge for AmericanRifleman.org. Here's an update with info just obtained at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.

Tim Lesser, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, says AR barrels chambered in .25-45 Sharps will be available in June 2014. Black Forge and Black Rain Ordnance will produce complete upper receivers shortly thereafter. The 87-grain Speer Hot-Cor load will be in stock at Brownells, Midsouth Shooters Supply and Natchez Shooters Supplies in June as well.

We can't wait to try the .25-45 Sharps on whitetails this fall, and we'll give a full report on the "Field Test" blog.

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2 Responses to New AR Cartridge for Hunting

Mark Campbell wrote:
December 14, 2014

Ha!!!!! I got to get in to one of these at the start, before all the negative comments, particularly about the price of ammo. I ordered the upper and RCBS dies from Sharps Rifle, got it in a few days, mounted the scope, and then ran 200 .223 cases that I already had through the 22-25 die to neck them up. There is currently no load data on this, so I'm starting with 6X45 data. I nearly went with the 6X45, but didn't find any uppers in stock online. Then a buddy pointed out the .25-45, and when I read up on it, I realized it is exactly what I wanted. The most poop to be had from a .223 casing. Same standard bolt, same magazines. I may possibly end up with the same powder & charge I already use for .223, but certainly the same powder. It is not a .220 Swift, nor a .308 Winchester, nor anything else it is being compared to. But I believe I will find it to be the best longer range cartridge that can be made from a .223 casing. That is all I expect of it. Oh, and the ammo will be just as cheap as my .223 reloads.

William Bright wrote:
April 27, 2014

So that would be my favorite round in a AR platform? Basically a .250 savage.