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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:56 pm 
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I had an original carbine that I dropped a centerfire block in.........was wanting to do a "Wilder's Lightening Brigade".........but ended up selling it. :roll:
Love that trapdoor! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:08 pm 
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Thank you very much Gentlemen........exactly what I was looking for.

Doug...I needed a little something to jump start my thinking....your questions did it....great

Mick ..... the "piggers" are great.......good ideas of the "look"
Great looking gear you've put together.

A couple of the local "clubbies" have done copies of the Custer sporter....they handle nice and look real good.

Thanks again
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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:02 pm 
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Creek........I believe I have a stag handled sharpening steel if you need one for your "tool scabbard".......I'll try and look for it. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
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Yessir....thank ya Mule....sure could.
Steels getting hard to come by at the flea markets any more. Been looking for a good one for 3 years or so.


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:46 pm 
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Send me your address again! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:35 pm 
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Thank you MM
I messaged it.

What period are you working on now ??


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:50 pm 
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Mick
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Rifles were a personal choice, and even men of money or means often used military "surplus" ' at times.


As I understood it .....when Sharps failed to get the government contract in the "1872 Small Arms Board" many of the military models were converted to civilian market. When I purchased my Shiloh, I chose the Business model due to period popularity based on sales as well as my own contemporary suitability for packing in a scabbard on horseback/mule...and finally because it was.... along with the carbine the cheapest stock model. Later while attending a Denver gun show I discovered one of those military guns that had been converted to a Business model, but with military patchbox as well as pewter forend. Admiring the original I decided to replicate the additions on my simple Business model.
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This allowed my rifle to portray an earlier Hartford Model of 1875 rather than the later Bridgeport with "Snabble" forend. .......well that was the theory anyway. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:36 pm 
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Dang good lookin rifles gentlemen!!

Now that Ive got my late 70s to mid 80s kit mostly sorted out, I'm going to go back and fix up a few 1850s clothes so I can incorporate my Hawken into my kit. Sort of a Henry Chatillon persona

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:23 am 
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Howdy!

"A wonderful choice." -Sean Penn, 'I Am Sam" :)

Yes, Sharps had already seen the writing on teh wall a bit in 1869 when their contracts for conversions ended so "just in case' they looked to the civilian market utilizing the Lawrence improvements mostly in the lock to make the New Model 1869.
Even though the "M1874" appeared in 1870 sales from 1869 through 1871 were low.. but started too rise in 1872.

I "always" wanted a cartridge converted NM 1863 rather than a M1874...just to be... different. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo hunters and skinners
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I agree Mick.........I too would like one in a 50-70!........also I have long desired a Sharps infantry model.

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