Gopher hunting with a Sharps

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rwnblack
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Thu May 04, 2017 7:14 pm

Here are some more pics of the project. The barrel is an old 22 turned down, i epoxied both ends tonight. Hopefully tommorow I can chamber it and turn down the delron spacer. Then all that is left is making an extractor and casehardening the block. The barrel is only 16" long so may not have the velocity for 200 yard competition, we will see. If not bits and pieces is getting some liners and i will buy a few for this and other projects.

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rwnblack
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Thu May 04, 2017 7:17 pm

I finished the casehardening and it looks pretty good. It should be obvious why this is done outside with lots of safety gear on. The flash only lasts a second but it is a good one.

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rwnblack
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Thu May 04, 2017 7:18 pm

I made the extractors this afternoon. The slip in barrel is chamered and the firing pin lands exactly where I wanted it to. I TIG welded the side piece on, now I have to fit the extractor and make a trip to the range,

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rwnblack
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Thu May 04, 2017 7:20 pm

I tried the first liner out yesterday as the sun was rising and it was nice and calm, snowing and about -13 C. It shot okay but I am looking for better. I bought an Anschutz barrel off of a model 121 Cil that looks like new and turned it down yesterday. I decided to pull it from the muzzle based on a friends suggestion. Here is the liner. I have since countersunk the brass nut and have installed it in the Sharps. It is ready to go to the range for a try.

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buffalocannon
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by buffalocannon » Fri May 05, 2017 8:55 am

Used to shoot prairie dogs with .22 Hornet in Northern Arizona. Lots of them there. Until I took my wife hunting. She could not believe I was killing those cute little furry animals. End of my "gofer" hunting days.

rwnblack
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Fri May 05, 2017 11:38 am

On the farm gophers - ground squirrels actually, are a plague. My father provides 22 shells to anyone willing to help him thin them out my son loves it. My daughter only went once but decided they were too cute as well.

rwnblack
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Sat May 06, 2017 4:21 pm

I used my Shiloh for the first time today in our 22 BPCR shoot and it performed perfectly. This thing is definitely a keeper and then some. To be fair this is a two day shoot and the first day is shorter range as a sort of practice run. The chickens and pigs were shot offhand at 25 and 50 yards and the turkeys and Rams are shot at 75 and 100 yards off sticks. I shot a total of 38/40, 9 chickens, 9 pigs, 10 each of the other 2. Tommorow we shoot out to 200 yards so I am really keen to see how it performs.

rwnblack
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by rwnblack » Sun May 07, 2017 5:45 pm

Shot the Shiloh 22 out to 200 yards this morning. I had to leave early for a flight so had to rush through a bit. The rifle worked perfectly but I didn't. I only hit 4 chickens, did a great job of wobbling. I knocked down 9 pigs but hit 10. The one I hit at the bottom of the belly and it stayed put. I knocked over 7 turkeys but only 5 rams. Still a great day for sure.

D. Taylor Sapergia
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by D. Taylor Sapergia » Thu May 18, 2017 10:30 pm

Quite remarkable!

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Mike Johnson
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by Mike Johnson » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:02 pm

Incredible. Thanks for sharing.
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art ruggiero
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Re: Gopher hunting with a Sharps

Post by art ruggiero » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:47 am

great job; id build one also if i had any talent :D best art

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