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 Sharps 1874 Montana Rough Rider by Shiloh 
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I took a few photos today.
A 2 year wait for this custom build as I ordered it when I retired in 2018.

I cast my own 520 gr bullets using a BACO "Money Bullet" mold and make my own cartridges with black powder. Its a slow process but its a hobby that has history!

Caliber: 45/70
Barrel: 30" heavy Octagonal
Wood: Semi-fancy Walnut
Buttplate: Traditional Steel
Metal Finish: Pack hardened
Brass Escutcheons
Fireblued polish screws
Custom bedding
Custom long range sights by Steve Baldwin: rear Vernier Tang and bubble-leveled globe front with interchangeable silhouette patterns.


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Wow. That is a true work of art. Congrats!

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That rifle is pure viagra


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That is one beautiful rifle... Nice grain and figure on the stock particularly. Congrats SD. Wow a 2 year wait makes the NFA process seem reasonable :bigsmile:

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The Color case hardening is gorgeous!...and that Wood. :bow:

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That wood is a guaranteed woody.
And the color case hardening is... Well, as Robin Williams once said "I have a hard-on the size of Florida!"

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But...duzzit take Glock mags?

Beautiful rifle and shooting it can only give it character. Maybe I'll swing by one of these days to, y'know, help test it out...

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Any of you WA guns guys are always welcome.

Looks like first time range day is Monday.

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For those interested in the bullet build...


After measure Ogive, I made a dummy bullet (no powder, primer) and noticed the starline brass would not fit the chamber. These cases were used in my springfield trapdoor and I fixed the issue by doing a resizing full body length, then they fit the Sharps chamber fine!
After primering and belling the mouths, I proceded in making 20 test loads.
65 gr (*by volume, then trickle by weight) Old Enysford 2F black powder
.030 greased veggie wad
Compressed with a Montana Compression die .090
520 gr BACO "Money Bullet" compressed the load further by .100
Taper crimped ever so slightly to eliminate the bell (so they would fit the chamber)
Wiped their butts and chambered each load to insure they *fit*

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if you need front sight inserts, check this guy out
http://stores.leeshavergunsmithing.com/front-sight-insert-cards/

I've bought some for my Remington 513T and it's pretty cool to be able to change the reticle that's better for my eyes

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For those interested in the bullet build...


After measure Ogive, I made a dummy bullet (no powder, primer) and noticed the starline brass would not fit the chamber. These cases were used in my springfield trapdoor and I fixed the issue by doing a resizing full body length, then they fit the Sharps chamber fine!
After primering and belling the mouths, I proceded in making 20 test loads.
65 gr (*by volume, then trickle by weight) Old Enysford 2F black powder
.030 greased veggie wad
Compressed with a Montana Compression die .090
520 gr BACO "Money Bullet" compressed the load further by .100
Taper crimped ever so slightly to eliminate the bell (so they would fit the chamber)
Wiped their butts and chambered each load to insure they *fit*

What are you expecting for muzzle velocity?


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Arisaka wrote:
sportsdad60 wrote:
For those interested in the bullet build...


After measure Ogive, I made a dummy bullet (no powder, primer) and noticed the starline brass would not fit the chamber. These cases were used in my springfield trapdoor and I fixed the issue by doing a resizing full body length, then they fit the Sharps chamber fine!
After primering and belling the mouths, I proceded in making 20 test loads.
65 gr (*by volume, then trickle by weight) Old Enysford 2F black powder
.030 greased veggie wad
Compressed with a Montana Compression die .090
520 gr BACO "Money Bullet" compressed the load further by .100
Taper crimped ever so slightly to eliminate the bell (so they would fit the chamber)
Wiped their butts and chambered each load to insure they *fit*

What are you expecting for muzzle velocity?

1250 -1300

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