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Dixie Gun Works 1874 Sharps
Jun 23rd, 2021 at 3:41pm
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Hello. I am looking at getting a Pedersoli 1874 Lightweight/Hunter Sharps from Dixie Gun Works. I am wondering if anyone on the forum has purchased one of these lately and can provide feedback. I own a Pedersoli  rolling block and Iím not worried about the quality of build but Iím wondering where they cut corners to be able to offer it for a lower price. I donít want to order it and be disappointed by poor finish/bluing when it arrives.

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Re: Dixie Gun Works 1874 Sharps
Reply #1 - Jun 23rd, 2021 at 4:48pm
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My shooting partner bought two new Pedersoli.

Both had uneven machined rifle bores and they shot very poorly - and Pedersoli never honored their warranty to fix the poor machining.
Pedersoli would not respond back on his numerous attempts to contact them.

Partner was happy with the actions but he ended up barreling the rifles with custom RKS replacement barrels at an increased cost. 
Between the purchase of the Pedersoli and the cost to replace barrels he could have purchased a high quality Shiloh Sharps.
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 23rd, 2021 at 5:19pm
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I have read countless times about how great their barrels are and that they are a relative bargain, but the many visible deviations from what a '74 should look like are enough to prevent me from considering one.
Why they make such clumsy, poorly shaped stocks and forends is beyond me,it would take no more effort to get them right.

I did shoot one many years ago belonging to a friend and came away from it thinking the sear had not been hardened, trigger pull changed from shot to shot.Really gave me a bad impression.
  
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Reply #3 - Jun 25th, 2021 at 10:51am
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between my friends and me we had 4 of the Dixie Pedersoli 1874 Sharps, Cal. 40-65
the one I had the barrel was .399 bore, .407 Groove, Freebore/throat was at .415, needless to say with .410 bullets the thing leaded badly, opened a RCBS mold to .416, gun shot well with Black or Smokeless

only thing broke on it was a Lever spring, about 2-3000 rnds before I sold it, shoulder will not take the recoil any longer, was a good value when I bought mine, 850.00 IIRC, at the time they had Actions set up for 45-70 minus the barrel for 600.00
  
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Reply #4 - Jun 28th, 2021 at 10:01am
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You would be FAR better off looking at some of the auction sites like Gunbroker or Proxibid for a Shiloh Sharps. You can get a real American made hand crafted 1874 for not much more than a new Pedersoli. I bought a Pedersoli once when I first started shooting black powder - I didn't even shoot it - I resold it and bought a Shiloh on an auction. Killed my buffalo with it and I shoot 1000 yard matches with my target Shiloh. No comparison, no compromises.
  
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Reply #5 - Jun 29th, 2021 at 1:21pm
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Sometimes you can get a used Dhiloh for less than a new Italian one.   Last year I picked up a really nice Shiloh #1 in 40-70 at a really good price ($2000).   If I were to order one new, this one came mighty close to what I would get.   It also came with a lot of new brass, used brass, bullets, dies and other things.   Since I already had a 40-70, I didn't need any of the accessories and sold them off.   Net cost of the Shiloh was ended up being around $1500!   Darn hard to beat.   They are out there, it just takes time to find them.

In my mind there are three kinds of Sharps Rifles:  Originals, Shilohs, all others.   I have no interest whatsoever in the third option because, generally, you end up not saving any money and getting a lot of frustration  with one.  But that's just my take.   

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Reply #6 - Jun 29th, 2021 at 2:12pm
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Another side thought is the number of used Shilohs for sale at $1500 are few and far between compared to a Dixie at $750. Plenty of cheap used Italian 1874ís out there as well.
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 29th, 2021 at 2:18pm
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I have no first hand knowledge of the Sharps offered by Dixie.  You get what you pay for.   

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Reply #8 - Jun 30th, 2021 at 9:40am
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Thanks for all the feedback. I was kind of expecting more forum members to have had experience (good or bad) with this specific sharps model due to the 1225 price. Obviously the Shiloh sharps seem to be the overwhelming favorite but I question if Iíll ever be able to swing spending  1800-2500 on one gun that will split time with my rolling block and probably only get shot 100 rounds a year.

Thanks again
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 30th, 2021 at 4:07pm
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Reply #10 - Jun 30th, 2021 at 4:23pm
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My first Sharps rifle was from EMF which I believe is the same Italian manufacturer as Dixie. The action face was .015 out of square to the centerline of the barrel threads. There was only enough windage adjustment to zero at 100 yards. I took it back to the shop, they had received an original Sharps in the meantime. I traded and was very happy. Unfortunately, I traded the original Sharps six months before "Quigley Down Under" came out and the value tripled. 

I'd save my money or buy this with thirty day inspection rights.
  

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Reply #11 - Jun 30th, 2021 at 5:06pm
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Well, my first Sharps was also an original.   Hartford rifle in Caliber 44-77 but the serial number of barrel didn't match that of the receiver.   Bore was pretty bad.   Cost me $119.95!!   Took it down to Ward Koozer in Springfield (?), Oregon, and he sleeved the chamber then rebored it to 45-70 for $40.   That rifle really shot!! I stuck what I thought was a rediculous price on it at a gunshow and someone snatched it up.  That was probably around 1967 or'68.  Oh well.

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Reply #12 - Jul 17th, 2021 at 8:57pm
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My experience is a bit different.  I purchased the Dixie Sharps Target model and have been satisfied with it from day one.

The fit and finish are great and for me it shoots good.  The sights on this one are not really target grade, but for me it has been a good starting point.

I have not yet tried black powder loads though
  
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Reply #13 - Jul 19th, 2021 at 7:57am
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Thanks for all the replies and input. Since my first post Iíve seen a few of the lower priced Dixie sharps models listed 
on auction sites and after reviewing the pics of actual guns the fit and finish appeared to be well done.
  
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Buy quality...cry once
  

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