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alemonkey
December 22, 2007, 01:17 AM
So I've had this weird single shot rifle fascination lately. Actually, I've wanted an 1874 sharps ever since I was a kid. Tonight I went and rented Quigley Down Under again - haven't seen it since it first came out. What a great movie. I looked it up on wikipedia and found this:

The famous firearm that is used by the main character Matthew Quigley is a custom 1874 Sharps Rifle. The gun used for filming was a replica manufactured for the film by the Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing Company of Big Timber, Montana. Tom Selleck later donated the rifle to the National Rifle Association as a fund-raising item.

I never knew he did this, but it seems to me that Tom is a pretty good guy. A heck of a lot better than your average Hollywood weirdo. That probably also explains why the movie was fairly accurate when talking about the technical aspects of the rifle.

Anyway....the Christmas Bonus Fairy was pretty generous this year, so I think a new Sharps rifle is in my future:D

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bvchurch
December 22, 2007, 02:55 AM
I take it you ordered a replica Sharps from the Shiloh manufacturing company?

What is interesting is they have an interesting little factory (more like a modest sized steel industrial building) in Big Timber. I have never been in it, but driven by it a number of times. Seems like a decent operation however.

Float Pilot
December 22, 2007, 03:23 AM
The rifles from Shiloh are SUPER!

They hired Mike Venturino, aka Iron Duke from the cowboy shooting folks SASS, as a tech adviser for shooting the Sharps in the movie.

Venturinos books Shooting Buffalo Guns of the Old West, Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West, and Shooting Sixguns of the Old West are must have items.

I watch the movie about every 3 months. Anyone who does not like it should be flogged in public.

Float Pilot AKA Iditarod Hammergun in SASS

Eightball
December 22, 2007, 03:34 AM
What calibre Sharps did you order? IIRC, wasn't the rifle in Quicgly a .45 or .50-110?

db_tanker
December 22, 2007, 08:53 AM
45-110 IIRC...


I have seen the "Quigley" model at Texas Jacks in Fredericksburg...hefted one side by side with a "standard" model 45-70...the Quigly was just...massive...not that the 45-70 was a lightweight rifle by any means....


Last time I was in there they also had a few 50-xx Sharps rifles...I need a bib for that place. :)


D

gcrookston
December 22, 2007, 09:15 AM
I had an 86 in 50-110. It was an "interesting" rifle to shoot. It was my only black powder rifle experience. Used to smokeless and having shot some large bore rifles, it could only be described as a "tha-rump" vs the "crack" of a modern cartridge. The recoil was a forceful shove, vs. a hard slap

stubbicatt
December 22, 2007, 10:37 AM
Yeah? Well, the recoil is still no maiden's caress.

alemonkey
December 22, 2007, 10:48 AM
I haven't ordered anything yet, but it's not going to be a Shiloh, probably a Pedersoli. I'd love the Shiloh, but I don't think She Who Must Be Obeyed would approve of me spending that much.

alemonkey
December 22, 2007, 11:51 AM
Update:

Well, I did it. I know it's not a Shiloh, but I've heard the Pedersoli's are decent quality. I thought the price was pretty good - $1,119. Still the most I've ever spent on a rifle :eek:

http://www.trackofthewolf.com/(S(rwgny5nbeobcg2btq00yyu45))/categories/partDetail.aspx?catId=12&subId=79&styleId=273&partNum=AAE-304

AndyC
December 22, 2007, 12:33 PM
No! Do not do this to me! I've just gotten in good with the wife after my last purchase and you have to post links to that... that... oh, my... prrrrrrrretty..... http://tntu.net/images/smilies/purplesmilieset/icon_drool.gif ;)

Dude, you gots ta post pics once you get it - swear! :D

iamkris
December 22, 2007, 02:27 PM
Pedersoli's a great guns. Mike Venturino says they are the only foreign made gun to keep up with the Shiloh and C Sharps at the BPCR Championships.

I have a Pedersoli Billy Dixon model. .45-70. It is very accurate (I can routinely -- but not all the time -- make 1-1/8" groups with my handloads at 100 yards and open sights), beautiful wood, nice metal work, great trigger.

Here's my really bad picture of it.

http://i1.tinypic.com/8f1nhmt.jpg

I have another pic somewhere of one of the groups. I'll look for it.

alemonkey
December 22, 2007, 03:41 PM
No! Do not do this to me! I've just gotten in good with the wife after my last purchase and you have to post links to that... that... oh, my... prrrrrrrretty.....

If you look at their other cartridge rifles they have another one for sale....it's a couple hundred bucks more, but it has nicer wood and checkering. It's slightly used but looks like it's in almost new shape.

I love the Billy Dixon models - I think the straight stock looks better than the pistol grip, but I couldn't pass up this one for the price, especially since it came with the globe front and tang sight.

Come on, do it, your friends will think you're cool.:evil:

I'll definitely get some pictures up when it gets here. It's supposed to ship out on the 26th.

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