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bayouBore 08-23-2010 07:11 PM

H&R Buffalo Classic or Uberti 1874 Sharps?
Hello all,
I am stuck in a decision. I am trying to choose between the H&R BC or a Uberti 1874 Sharps. It is the Standard Sharps, the link to the picture is below followed buy the website:

Uberti 1874 Sharps Rifle

I will be using the gun for whitetail hunting. I can get the the BC for $380 or the Uberti for $900. I have been wanting a .45-70 for a few years now and i currently have the budget for a new gun. My intention for quite a while was to buy the BC but when I saw the Sharps at a local gun store two weeks ago I have been back and fourth since. I had been scoping out the sharps replicas in the last 6 months or so but figured that would be a purchase for later in life (basing that thought on a $1500+ price tag). I have much admiration and a love for western style guns. I have a feeling hunting with a single shot gun may be my primary hunting method in the near future. My only problem (and it is purely personal) with the Uberti is the barrel. I always imagined buying a sharps replica with a 28"- 32" octagonal barrel and this model at the store is a 30" round barrel (right length wrong shape). I am definitely buying a .45-70 in the next week or so. I have shot a friend's handi rifle and recoil is not an issue for me. I've read many great things about the BC and it's a lot cheaper. Should I just take the cheaper route and get the BC or get the dream gun? Both are within budget. What do you guys think i should do? Are there any pros and cons to round or octagonal barrels? Or is it just cosmetic? Any info and/or opinions are greatly appreciated.

stalkingbear 08-23-2010 07:38 PM

If you have the money get your dream gun. I've been wanting a high quality 1874 for YEARS. If you don't you'll eventually get the 1874 later anyway. I finally found a 1874 in a price range that I can afford and I'm going to grab it.

yazul42 08-24-2010 01:21 PM

I would go for the Sharps myself,,, had one a few years ago that I had to sell during a rough patch. Regret it big time, best shooting offhand rifle I ever owned. If I am able in a couple of years, I will look for a Shiloh or order one and wait a couple of years on it to be built. Have fun with whatever you pick up,, my No. 3 Ruger in 45/70 does very well, just a shade light, but an excellent piece.

Good shootin'

freefall 08-24-2010 03:23 PM

If you can afford the gun you want, buy it. Having a similar second best will make it a lot tougher to shell out the $ for the one you want later.

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