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New Kiwi Rifle
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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2016 08:33 AM
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Hi all, My new project was building a Sharps rifle on my lathe and now, after 2 1/2 years I have finally finished it. The Quigley down under 1874 Sharps is in 45-70 cal with a 27 inch barrel, 1-20" twist 6 grove cut rifling with octagonal barrel. A nice bit of black walnut for the stock and it weighs in at 12 1/2 lbs , so will be a range rifle and just needs proof testing then bluing of all the steel parts. I have posted the build of this rifle no two U S forums and it has gone to cyberspace, just google "Making a Sharps barrel on my lathe", and you will get it. :thumbs: Homebrew.357.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2016 12:49 PM
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wow that's cool, I always wanted to go to gun smithing school when I was younger but never happened. please post pic. after you blue and shoot that puppy. 86



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Damn I loved that movie and the GUN.. great job and enjoy your toy; Keep us posted on the finishing job as it goes along.



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VERY NICE!!!

I don't have that kind of talent, I had to buy mine!
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That is sweet:thumbs::thumbs:

Do keep us updated.



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Guys, Heres the link to Homebrew's rifle build. Very long thread. If you are a machinist you'll understand and appreciate it. I'm not but was very impressed none the less. It will easily consume an hour of your time.

If you simply want to see Howebrew's finished rifle go to page 7 posts 127 and 128. Great, great build!!

http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/gunsmithing/making-sharps-barrel-my-lathe-291506/



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Hi, Thanks again Rockdog, will keep you posted on how she shoots, and Win 86 I never went to gun smithing school as well, just a hobby home machinist. :sofa: ,Homebrew.357.

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homebrew, totally impress!!! 86



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The finished product is impressive but the ingenuity is even more so, to me. All of those parts from other things, used to get from point A to point B, flats, rifling and all, with a lathe, great project.
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 Posted: Wed Apr 6th, 2016 07:55 AM
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Hi all, She's not finished yet, just have to stamp the barrel top with "1874 SHARPS 45-70", then who made it under the barrel and then get it blued. Today the "beast" had its first taste of lead with a proof test of three shots, load was 406gr lead bullet,58grs Varget, ccib primer, all`s good, but it did cause some leading in the barrel, MV 1.800 not surprised. I fired the puppy seven more times with shooting sticks with only 50grs varget to set the sights at 50m, not to bad for a home made barrel,and as It is a black powder cartridge, that's what I`ll be working with, may even make up a paper patch bullet mould for it. :troll:, Homebrew.357.

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Yep, got the barrel hot,

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Homebrew, She shoots! Congratulations. Got to be a great feeling to finish a project with success. What size do your bullets MIC? Do you know the bullet hardness? What was the lube like? Very hard dry, or sticky and soft. RD



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Hi Rockdog, you have got a can of worms in pandores box there, so to be fair I will post this stuff on black powder cartridges and muzzle loaders site before I get in to trouble, :shameon: :beer:, Homebrew.357.



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Looks good HB, being form Montana where they are made I can appreciate the time and hand work it took to do. Well done. :thumbs:



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Amazing, got to see more pics, I'll have to check out your site. Amazing country you live in also. Spent 6 months in Wanaka and about a month wandering. Sure was hard to leave.



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Really impressive. Thanks for sharing this accomplishment with us.



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That's great. Thanks for sharing.

Same here, I watch Quigley Down Under at least once a year. The rifle makes the movie.



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I had been searching for machine drawings for the sharps. I have been wanting to do as you had and build my own rifle.. You, sir, have inspired me. Very nice job well done.



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Hi Silverback, I got my plans from Ebay, the Quigley 1874 sharps. Have been working on loads for the Sharps, trying it at 50mts and not to bad , the first two shots were high, had the sights set for 100mts, it`s no tack driver gut it`s getting there. Was having trouble loading my Hawken 45 with 270gr bullet, tight spot in the bore, it`s ok with p r b but with what I`v learnt I bit the bullet and made a new barrel for it using the same gun drill I used for the sharps barrel. So it`s now .457 Hawken with a lot smoother and straighter barrel, just needs the sights fitted and browning and lots of load testing, it`s a hard job but someone has to do it. :shrug: Cheers, Homebrew.357.

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The new barrel.

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