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Cimarron Sharps 1874 Silhouette .45-70 Gvt.

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Our recommendation: The Cimarron version had no checkering, but it did have a big buttplate and a pistol grip to help pull the big rifle into the shoulder. Both features were handy. But like with the Cabela's gun, we would so much prefer the Shiloh that only budget or time constraints would make us default to this gun. Moreover, if you have to pay full retail for the Cimarron version, Don't Buy It. The Cabela's version was a better deal. If you can get this one for the same price of around $850, it gets a Conditional Buy rating.

Cimarron Sharps 1874 Silhouette .45-70 Gvt.

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Essentially the same rifle as the Cabela’s gun, we wondered at the $1,095 retail price. This rifle also had an oil-type stock that was well done. The case coloring was reasonably attractive. The metal polish was comparable to that of the Cabela’s version, but the bluing here was far superior to the other. There were no streaks, and no abrasions.
In spite of its comfortable stock and outstanding barrel, this is a mighty plain-looking rifle. But many original Sharps rifles looked the same.
There were no mechanical problems with the rifle at all. Both the Cimarron and Cabela’s versions would need the sights to be regulated for one’s chosen ammunition. As they were, both hit our 100-yard target with no adjustments by us. Some shots were a bit high, some a bit low. The interior of the barrels looked extremely good, but as we noted, both of these had 1 in 18-inch twists.

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