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SPF TO Spoon River Sam - 1871 Buffalo Classic CAL 45/70 U.S. Gov $575 + Shipping

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Make: Harrington & Richardson

Model: Model 1874 Sharps Hartford

Serial Number: CBA 35XXXX

Caliber: .45-70 Government

Action Type: Single Shot

Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked ~ MODEL 1871~ “CAL. 45/70 U.S. GOV.”. The top of the barrel is marked “BUFFALO CLASSIC”. The upper tang is marked “49219”. The right side of the receiver is marked with Harrington & Richardson Ilion NY and the Ser # CBA 35XXXX.

Barrel Length: The tapered round barrel is 32” in length, and measures 0.97” at the receiver and 0.79” at the muzzle.

Weight: 7 lbs. 14.5 oz

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a thin Globe w/ aperture which is dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a Wilson Adjustable Peep sight which is screwed into the barrel.  The slider is filled for an aperture peep sight and has a single mark which aligns with the 4 lg & 16 sm markings on the right side of the base.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are nicely diamond checkered walnut with a straight grip and case colored butt-plate. The forend is also diamond checkered walnut. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt-plate which is in Excellent condition.  The stocks rate in about Fine Plus overall condition.

Type of Finish: The barrel has a nicely gray patina while the receiver, hammer, lever and triggers are case colored.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bore is nice deep blue/black and the rifling is excellent with no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99+% of its metal finish. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly, and the trigger has a crisp factory break at 7lb 14.1 oz.  Thumb Break on the right side of the hammer operates the Break-action for loading – NOTE the rife can be cocked with the action open.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Assessment:  This 1871 Buffalo Classic Rifle fires a 45/70 Government round which was used extensively in American history and the opening of the American West.  In the wake of the popular film “Quigley Down Under” there has been a resurgence of interest regarding long range in general. Several manufacturers now produce replicas, most of them custom built rifles that entail not only a waiting period but also significant expense.”. This 1871 Buffalo Classic Rifle fires a 45/70 Government round. It has a heavy 32” round barrel.  Should one replace the Wilson Adjustable Peep sight with a Smith Enterprise Buffalo Classic Buckhorn Rear Ladder Sight the rifle would be SASS legal for any long-range match. This is a very nice-looking rifle in about Excellent condition with 99% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright. It is clear that the rifle hasn’t been used much and is in great mechanical condition. This is a great rifle for use in BPCR matches and in SASS long range rifle side events. The gun balances well, and it is not too heavy or cumbersome if you want to take it out on your next hunting trip either.


 $575 + Shipping which includes the aforementioned Smith Ladder Sight (which will not be sold seperately). - 1st I'll take it will get it


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Edited by Charlie T Waite
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2 hours ago, Spoon River Sam, SASS #33194L said:

Hello Charlie.... I'll take it..

Please let me know where and how to send the Gold..

Thanks.. Spoon River Sam

It's yours - PM Sent

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