SOLD FOR: $3125
Make: Shiloh Rifle Mfg. Co.
Serial Number: 8748B
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” and “CALIBRE 45 / 2 1/10”, the bottom (under the forend) is marked with the serial number and “45 70”. The inside of the forend has “8748B” written in black marker. 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.
Barrel Length: 28″, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a silver-colored blade in a slotted base dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding ladder sight, presenting a square notch when folded down. When folded up, the sight has a “V”-notched slider on a ladder marked from “2” to “8”. The top tang is drilled and tapped with a folding aperture sight adjustable for windage and elevation.
Weight: 11 lb., 7 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a pewter-capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and checkered shotgun-style case color steel buttplate. The stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ and 13 3/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has no notable wear with sharp checkering. Overall, the stocks are in 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 98% of its metal finish. There is some minor wear on the bottom of the barrel from the forend, concealed when assembled. The action has faint operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. 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: This rifle comes in a black plastic Plano Gun Guard case.
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!