My Shiloh Journey

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by bobw » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:09 am

In the early days of the buffalo hunt, just about any Sharps could be found on the plains and a lot of them were military type models. bobw
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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by Griff » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:41 am

One year ago today I stopped in at Shiloh and put down the deposit for my rifle! I'm celebrating the fact that it's getting closer! That day my bride and I took a nice drive up into the Crazies; today we're driving up into the Cascades. I'll be wearing the Shiloh hat that I bought last year and daydreaming...

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by martinibelgian » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:15 am

Fwiw, most people claiming that BN cartridges are finicky don't have much experience with them. Something like a 44-77 is still reasonable, not really overbore. When overbore, it actually doesn't matter a lot of straight or BN, they just are Tricky.
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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by mdeland » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:35 am

I've been pleasantly surprised with the little 43 Spanish BN cartridge I just got going last winter. Its a huge cartridge for the little bitty load of ten grains of Unique behind a 400 grain bullet and no wad of any kind but shoots like a house afire with the combination. Does really well with dulplex loads of reloader 7 and 1.5 Swiss.
Need to try straight black now that I have more cases to use. Making brass from .348 cases is a bunch of work and requires some lathe turning over the web area.
It's the first BN black powder case I've ever worked with.

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by bobw » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:34 am

Griff, you said you wanted it as original as possible looking well # 1 get the bone & charcoal case hardening # 2 get fire blued screws # 3 get the polished barrel these 3 things were std on Sharps rifles in the 1870's.44-77 2 1/4" sbn were never used with greasers for the buffalo hunt but a 297 grease groove express bullet was available later. So I'm say get a ppb mold and forget the greasers. By all means do as you like. Bobw
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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by rdnck » Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:00 pm

You need to listen to bobw. Otherwise, I see a train wreck shaping up. Shoot straight, rdnck.
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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by OLReliable » Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:21 pm

Also, barrel sights, or graduated tang sights would be period correct for a proper buffalo rifle. Soule sights came way too late and would not be right.
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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by Chief Beck » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:45 pm

Make sure you ask for bone/charcoal case colors and get a Hartford front sight from Stephen Borud, he makes a perfect, historical correct front sight for the Sharps.

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by Griff » Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:04 am

Thanks for all of the input, gents! I do appreciate it.

It's good to have passed the halfway point of the waiting list.

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by SSShooter » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:12 am

Just started my Shiloh journey. Order placed for a Sporter #1 in 40-50SS, fancy wood, AA finish, 30" std half-round fast-twist barrel, DST & steel buttplate. Should be good for BPCR & mid-range fun. Quoted delivery of 16-18 months.
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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by kenny sd » Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:11 am

add polished barrel. and the 40 50 SS is a little light. may consider the 40 70 ss. you can always load it down.
I have the 40 70 and love it. Ken

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by Griff » Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:36 am

I'm bringing up my old thread in which I documented the process that I am going through with my Shiloh order. I've always been just a touch foggy about the order process, but I thought that I understood. I learned something today which I wish that I'd known some time ago.

I first placed my order in August, 2019. At that time, I gave them some basic specifications, knowing that I'd likely make some changes along the line. Since I was still researching and asking questions, I did change my mind a few times on a number of those specifications. I didn't want to bug the kind folks at Shiloh by contacting them every time that I changed what I wanted (although I called and emailed a few times with questions), but I kept a specification list in my notes awaiting the letter announcing that the gun was about to go into production. In several of those emails, I did say that I was making planning to change several things from what I had told them initially.

I got my letter yesterday and called today to go over the specifications. One change from what I originally told them in 2019 was the barrel length. I had specified a 32 inch barrel, but I finalized on a 30 inch barrel. Here's what I didn't know until today: That change puts me into a different production lot. They are about to start the 32 and 34 inch heavy barrel rifles. After that is another lot that is likely 30 inch light barrels. The one after that might be for 30 inch heavy barrels, but she wasn't sure. I was SO tempted to go back to a 32 inch barrel just to get into this production lot, but I decided to try to be patient.

I'm just disappointed. If I had known that the change in barrel length would change the production lot (and push me well into 2022 for completion), I would have updated my specifications as I went along. I thought that I was being polite by not bugging them every time I decided to change something; I didn't know that it would cost me many months of waiting. Like I said, I thought that I knew how this worked, but I guess that I didn't.

As long as I'm updating my thread, I should mention what I decided. My goal, as I've stated before, is to mimic a common Sharps from the early 1870s. I'm going with a Hartford Model, 44-77 with a 30 inch heavy octagon barrel.

Like I said, I wish that I had known that a change in the barrel length would lead to a much longer wait, but now I know. Don't scold me too much for my ignorance...

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by charlie young » Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:06 am

I have 3 of them with Barrels 32" and over. Wouldn't change a thing.

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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by Don McDowell » Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:30 am

I really like the 32 inch barrels.
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Re: My Shiloh Journey

Post by MikeT » Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:23 pm

Griff,

Since you may have a lot of time on your hands now, how about sharing the specifications
of the rifle you will be expecting next year.

Keep on hav'n fun!
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