Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 30″ .45-70 Gov’t Single Shot Rifle, MFD 1991-2000

Sold For: $3225

LSB#: 200923FH10

Make: Shiloh Rifle Mfg. Co.

Model: 1874

Serial Number: B2890

Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1991-2000

Caliber: .45-70 (.45 2 1/0″)

Action Type: Single-Shot Breech-Loading Rifle with Double Set-Triggers

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Shiloh-Sharps Model 1874” in front of the rear sight, behind the rear sight is marked “CALIBRE 45 / 2 1/10”, the bottom (under the forend) is marked with the serial number and “45 70”. The left of the receiver is marked “SHILOH RIFLE MFG. CO. / BIG TIMBER, MONTANA”, the top is marked with the serial number behind the loading groove. The rear sight base is marked “SHILOH SHARPS”.

Barrel Length: 30″, Octagonal

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade in a slotted base dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding ladder sight presenting a square-notch semi-buckhorn when folded down, with a “V”-notch on a slider. The ladder is marked from 2-8, in hundreds of yards. The top tang is drilled, tapped, and filled for a peep sight (none included).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a schnabel forend, pistol grip, straight comb with cheek rest and checkered black shotgun-style buttplate. The stocks have a few light marks, most notable are drag-lines on the left of the wrist near the front. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 3/8″ and 13 3/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear with sharp checkering. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The bottom tang checkering is sharp. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock position. The lever locks up tight. The trigger is light and crisp when set, heavier but still crisp when not set. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Assessment: Christian Sharps introduced one of America’s first and most successful breech-loading rifles with design starting in 1850 and improvements continuing into the 1870s and the metallic cartridge era. This rifle is a very high quality reproduction of the 1874 model, a rifle which bridged the gap between muzzle-loading rifles and cartridge rifles. It is breech-loaded with a falling block and chambered for “Calibre 45 2 1/10″”, dimensionally identical to .45-70 Gov’t. Shiloh Sharps has a well-deserved reputation for making some of the finest Sharps rifles since the originals, probably much better given advances in metallurgy and machining. This rifle appears to have seen little, if any use, in Excellent condition. It should make for a great shooter for the lucky winner or a great addition to a Sharps collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 30" .45-70 Gov't Single Shot Rifle, MFD 1991-2000
Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 30″ .45-70 Gov’t Single Shot Rifle, MFD 1991-2000