New Gun Day - Something a little different

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  1. RandomGuy

    RandomGuy

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    It's amazing how quickly plans can change. Last Saturday the Wife and I had just left the range and were on our way to buy a new CZ TSO. We decided to stop and grab lunch on the way and that's when it happened. I received an email for a new auction listing that completely changed the course of the day. As soon as I showed it to the Wife, she said "You've wanted one for decades, why don't you buy it?" So after a couple of phone calls to verify the details, that's exactly what I did.

    She wasn't kidding about wanting one for decades. I developed a severe case of "wants" in the late 1980's after seeing them used in competition. Then, in 1990, a certain movie came out starring the gun, oh and some guys named Tom Selleck and Alan Rickman, and thousands of people placed orders pushing the wait time for a new one from months to 5+ years. And the prices for used versions went through the roof. So when this one popped-up in great condition, and under market value, I just couldn't say no.

    It is a Shiloh Sharps 1874 Long Range Express chambered in .45-70 with a 34" heavy octagon barrel, pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece, and a shotgun-style butt to make it more comfortable to shoot. The original owner ordered it with upgraded wood and a steel buttplate, then added a long-range vernier tang sight with a globe front. I've written Shiloh for the original production date and detail sheet, but estimates are that it was manufactured in either 1999 or 2000. I just took delivery yesterday evening and realized I don't have a good set-up to take photos of a 54" rifle so I'll use those from the listing for now.

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    A few quick observations from handling it last night:
    • The set trigger is astonishingly light. I do not have a trigger gauge but I'm betting it is going to be measured in ounces.
    • Even at 13.5 pounds, it handles beautifully. That said, if I plan to shoot offhand very much, I'm going to need to work on my conditioning!
    • I'm going to need to order new cleaning gear. My longest cleaning rod comes-up a few inches short.
    I'm really looking forward to getting this one to the range and learning a whole new skillset. Anybody else have one or one of the other BPCR-style rifles?
     
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  2. ede

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    Damn that's nice. Always on my want list but doubt I ever manage it.
     
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  3. Gino

    Gino Millennium Member

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    That gun is too pretty to shoot...
     
  4. slym2none

    slym2none Ain't got the Wu Flu.

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    Something about the color-case hardening makes me... very happy.

    (What did you think I was going to say? SHAME ON YOU!) :p

    Nice gun, OP!
     
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    VERY nice and I too like the looks of case hardening. Enjoy the fine purchase. Don
     
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    That is absolutely beautiful!
     
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  7. RandomGuy

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    I know what you mean but that’s kind of like saying “that woman is too pretty to, ummm.... kiss.” :outtahere:
     
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  8. Barry581

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    THat's an amazing rifle! Congrats!
     
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  9. Mr. Pick

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    Beautiful. Bet it shoots as good as it looks too.
     
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  10. bac1023

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    That is beautiful
     
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  12. Terry G

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    Beautiful rifle. My Wife wanted me to buy one to hang on the mantle, not shoot. I bought a Springfield Trapdoor that was bubba'd instead for $75.00. (She doesn't kn IMG_0223.JPG ow the difference.)
     
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    Nice

    Does the 34" barrel do more for velocity or sight radius?

    How much velocity drop would there be if only a 24" barrel, for example?
     
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    Congrats . I’ve owned 7 Shilohs over the years and have visited the factory twice . Down to just one now . A #1 in 45-90 with a 30” heavy barrel.
     
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    Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam...lol.. Congrats... You have a rifle that about a zillion of us want...Ding some 1000 yard steel for me....
     
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  17. RandomGuy

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    the 34” is for sight radius and weight. I honestly don’t know about a velocity difference but most references I could find show 28-30” as more than enough for powder burn.
     
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    Very nice..very nice indeed! Enjoy
     
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    That is a beautiful rifle.
     
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  20. catman71

    catman71 Spewer of TROOF

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    Wow.
    I would have to buy a better house to hang it above an expensive fireplace.

    I’d have a hard time keeping it in a safe where I couldn’t see it.
     
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