Gopher hunting with a Sharps

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rwnblack
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Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:00 pm

I built a breech block, extractor and slip in barrel linner for my 74 Sharps so I can shoot 22 shells in it. I took it out to my parents farm this weekend to shoot gophers and what a great time that was. My son used my 17 hornet and my buddy used a 10/22 but I used my Sharps and it was deadly. If I could see them or part of them, they were toast. I kept up with the others no problem. I think my Shiloh is my new go to gun for gophers.

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Here is a 6 shot group at 50 yards.
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Here is a post where I show a few pics of the process.

Has anybody else used their 74 for gophers?

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:53 am

Sorry forgot to attach the link to the forum where I posted more on the conversion.

https://www.canadiangunnutz.com/forum/s ... conversion

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by pacecars » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:46 am

Very nicely done!
Real gun powder is black.

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by jackrabbit » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:14 am

Wow! That is awesome!

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by BFD » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:24 am

I don't think the gophers are too concerned, but the ground squirrels sure should be worried. That thing shoots pretty darn well. I like it. Esp with that functional extractor.

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by SFogler » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:29 pm

What a great picture!!!! Not too often you see a Sharps and gophers in the same frame! Great job with the insert!

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by Up In Smoke » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:00 pm

Eventually I intend to get out with mine and try to put the hurt on some prairie dogs, with and without the .22 liner.
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by Gussy » Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:55 pm

Going next week for a 3 day hunt. I will be using an 1885 Browning in 22 Hornet most of the time, 10-22 the rest of the time. :D

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by desert deuce » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:09 pm

45-70 Shiloh, .458" pure lead roundball, a very light charge of bullseye, enlarged flash hole, great for small game. Virtually silent.
Sometimes you get the chicken, and sometimes you get the feathers!

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:41 pm

Round ball sounds lovely like a cool idea. As a kid I shot a lot of gophers with light loads of RedDot and that was good fun and no recoil. Might have to load some light loads for my Sharps and try them out again.

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by Gussy » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:19 pm

Weather on the first hunt was cold, rainy and just plain lousy. Might make another trip next week as the forecast is warm and sunny.

We are after sage rats/whistle pigs which are a lot smaller than ground squirrels. Had trouble hitting them at 150 yds in the wind. Might take the 222 this time.

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:13 pm

There is a 22 BPCR shoot next weekend so I sighted this in at 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200 yards on scaled down swingers. I can't believe how accurate it is. Once on target it shoots much better than I can see. I took a freind to the range that has done very little shooting for a few years and he was smoking them as well. Even off hand and the chickens it is deadly! I think I hit 7 in a row when I figured I better not push my luck any futher. The shoot this weekend should be a lot of fun. This rifle is definitely a keeper.

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by Trigger1212 » Wed May 03, 2017 9:55 pm

rwnblack

Apparently you cannot view your forum site link unless you register?

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Thu May 04, 2017 9:22 am

That maybe the case. I can post some of the pics of the process on this site when I get the chance.

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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Thu May 04, 2017 7:12 pm

Here are some pics of the process. It has turned out to be more work than I thought so probably wouldn't do it again.i started with 1x2" mild steel bar. Next is to casharden it and build the slip in 22 liner.

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