SOLD FOR: $2575
Make: Shiloh Products Inc (Farmingdale, New York)
Model: Shiloh New Model 1863 (Custom Conversion Done By Larry Romano Rifle Co)
Serial Number: 1977
Year of Manufacture: Modern, Post 1990
Caliber: Converted to .50-70 Gov
Action Type: Single Shot Lever Operated Falling Block Rifle
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “SHILOH PRODUCTS INC”. The left side of the barrel is marked “54 CAL. USE BLACK POWDER ONLY” Below that is marked “LRRCO”. The top of the barrel is marked “NEW MODEL 1863”. The right side of the receiver is marked “SHILOH / NEW MODEL 1863” above that is marked “FARMINGDALE / NEW YORK”. The right side of the barrel is marked “SHILOH PRODUCTS INC.” The top of the tang is marked “1977”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed blade attached to the barrel, the rear sight is a two position “V” notch flip up ladder sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece smooth wood stock has a straight grip, straight grip and case hardened buttplate. The wood shows light to moderate handling and storage marks. There are a few scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. This stock rates in about Very Good to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, this bore rates a 9.5 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light wear from handling and storage. There are a few minor scratches, there is light surface erosion in a few places. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Sharps Model 1863 is a breech-loading rifle that was widely used during the American Civil War. It was designed by Christian Sharps, an American inventor and gunsmith, and was produced by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut. The Model 1863 was a significant improvement over earlier Sharps models, featuring a more reliable breech-loading mechanism and a higher rate of fire. It was chambered for a .52 caliber paper cartridge and had a range of up to 1,000 yards. The Sharps Model 1863 was primarily used by Union forces during the Civil War, including units such as the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters. Its accuracy and range made it a favorite among marksmen, and it was credited with numerous battlefield successes. However, the rifle was also relatively expensive to produce, and its use declined after the war as military budgets were scaled back.
This example is a modern Shiloh New Model 1863 originally chambered for .54 Caliber but then converted by Larry Romano Rifle Co to .50-70 Gov, it was manufactured and then converted sometime after 1990. This rifle is in Excellent overall condition, showing little use. This gun has a well preserved smooth wood stock, a beautiful blued barrel and case hardened receiver. This 1863 is in great shape and would go well in any Sharps or Civil War collection. Please see our photos, good luck and happy bidding!