Buffalo with a Sharps

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SFogler
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Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by SFogler » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:07 pm

We had shot a buffalo a couple of years ago and wanted a meat bull this time - already have a head, so this one was to restock the freezer. It was on 4000 acres in the Nebraska sand hills and completely grass fed. The guide was adamant that I shoot it in the ear due to some dangerous situations he had been in recently with wounded buffalo. I had brought a 45-70 Shiloh Sharps carbine as a back up so I sighted in both rifles one last time in the morning before we went out. The wind was up quite a bit and the preferred shot was standing with the barrel on a tripod stick. So for the sighting in, the bull barrel was like a rock while the carbine was like a weather vane on a teeter-totter. Obvious which one to use. My shot was near enough to the ear that he went straight down. My rifle is a Shiloh Sharps 16# bull barrel 50-90 ordered to look exactly like a buffalo rifle from back in the day. It has plain straight grain walnut and a 30 inch barrel. Nothing fancy. It has a Distant Thunder Sharps Sporter tang sight that Jim made for me. I used a 600 grain flat nosed bullet over 98 grains of Swiss 1.5. Our dog just loves when we come back from a buffalo hunt!
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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by rdnck » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:17 pm

Nice rifle, nice buffalo. Good job, and congratulations. Shoot straight, rdnck.
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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by Michael Johnson » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:09 pm

Good job and great photo!
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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by sandhillcowboy1 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:07 pm

Good shooting Steve! Nice looking rifle and buffalo. Is that the standard Shiloh blade on the front end?

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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by jackrabbit » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:48 am

Wow! Pretty cool, Steve, I am envious!

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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by SFogler » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:01 am

The only change/addition to the Shiloh was the addition of Jim's Sharps Sporter tang sight. This rifle shoots MOA groups easily at 100 yards with just the barrel sights and the 600 grain bullet.

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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by BFD » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:15 am

If I ever get another Sharps, that would be it. A simple, heavy .50-90. I never had any interest in such a beast but then I picked one up in the Shiloh showroom and it was REALLY hard to put it back down.

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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by Kurt » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:44 am

The big .50 is a good caliber. My rifle is a plain Jane Rough Rider with a heavy 34" barrel that looks rough from use. Bluing is rubbed off and the bare metal from the muzzle back to the front sight is gone from the muzzle blast but I never used it for hunting. My freezer is starting to show the bottom that needs another buffalo to fill is as soon as I find a good place to get one again. The Nebraska Sand Hills grass fed Bison's have a much better taste then what I ate from the North Dakota grass lands.

Rick I sure will miss the hunts at your place.
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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by sandhillcowboy1 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:59 pm

Kurt, out of all the BPCR calibers used here on buffalo, you were the only one to use a .44-77 ! A true buffalo rifle, and you shot it well, and it performed well. The Big 50 would be a great choice for a buff also. Miss you and Carol as well. Hope to get out that way sometime within the next year.

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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by pete » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:41 pm

Nice buffalo and rifle. Congratulations SFogler. Was this on Ted Turner's ranch?

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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by SFogler » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:18 pm

We went to Comstock Lodge in Sargent, NE. It's on the edge of the sandhills in nice country. The lodge was great - wife quality with three meals a day included along with Mitch, the owner, using his truck to get the buffalo to his cold storage where he skinned and quartered it for no extra charge. The animal was handed extremely well. I had a friend who butchered it back at home. The package includes 3 nights lodging and meals. He has meat bulls - no monster trophies right now, but we only wanted a meat bull.

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Re: Buffalo with a Sharps

Post by Kurt » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:13 pm

SFogler wrote:We went to Comstock Lodge in Sargent, NE. It's on the edge of the sandhills in nice country. The lodge was great - wife quality with three meals a day included along with Mitch, the owner, using his truck to get the buffalo to his cold storage where he skinned and quartered it for no extra charge. The animal was handed extremely well. I had a friend who butchered it back at home. The package includes 3 nights lodging and meals. He has meat bulls - no monster trophies right now, but we only wanted a meat bull.
Thank you. I will swing past there when I head to the Q next June and talk to the folks.
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