I picked up my 1878 140 th anniversary 30-30 sharp's today. It has decent wood but not as good as I was hoping for. I had no choice but except it because of the no return policy. Also I could only find two available. And both companies had a no return policy.All in all a mighty fine rifle with excellent fit and finish was great.
thumbnail 1.jpgthumbnail 2.jpgthumbnail 3.jpg I like the front sight because it flips up for a globe sight and down for a blade sight. They also sent some insert to change the front globe sight. I haven't figured that out yet. If anyone knows how that works let me know.
Good looking rifle there!
Item for caution - be sure the hammer is in the half-cock or safety position BEFORE opening the breech, otherwise you may shear the tip of the firing pin. I know this can be an issue with the 1874 "Old Reliable" Sharps (an acquaintance didn't believe it - he does now!), not sure if it applies to the 1878, but better safe than sorry. Just say'in.
I certainly could be wrong, but I'm thinking that is a 1877 (small side hammer) opposed to the '78 Borchardt (no hammer, striker type)??
I have an original '78 Borchardt, JP Lower model that a friend gave me (checkered pistol grip & trigger- likely in the last 100 that went out the door before Sharps closed down).
What Skyhunter says is right regarding the firing pin on the '74s.
That's beautiful. Really pretty rifle.
Wood wise - that clear straight grain walnut may look kinda boring but it's correct for the rifle and it's also the most durable choice. Wavy grain stuff is beautiful but it's also a lot less durable in what was originally a military application.
boy oh boy that looks like fun. I have been shooting my remlin 30-30 out to 300 yds lately, loads of fun
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very nice! enjoy. you only live once.
That’s a Dandy lookin rifle!
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my baby sharps in 44-40 has killed deer and groundhogs, and a light carry rifle and if ranges are kept at 100 yards or less it works. 21.5 grs-2400 and a 200 gr jacketed bullet top target at 50 yards. crony,s at 1600 fps with out any pressure signs.
Pathfinder65 you are correct. This is a 1877 reproduction but is called the 1887 model because of the Lyman sight. I know its confusing but its part of Lyman's commemoration of its tang sight.