From the collection of Mike Venturino. Bottom is a Shiloh Sharps .45-70 with No. 3 style stock, meaning straight grip with steel, checkered, shotgun buttplate. Wood is fancy English walnut which Shiloh no longer offers. Forend has pewter tip. Barrel is standard weight full octagon 30 inches long. This rifle dates from the Farmingdale era of Shiloh Sharps and is so marked on the action. However, Mike bought it in 1984 after the company moved to Montana.
For those of you who have read many of his articles in the gun magazines this is the rifle he took to Africa in 1985, but then it was barreled as a .40-70 BN. He had Shiloh rebarrel it to .45-70 circa 1990. It is also the rifle he is shown holding on the back cover of his book SHOOTING BUFFALO RIFLES. As might be expected with a rifle that has been hunted with extensively for over 20 years, there are some slight nicks and dings in both metal and wood. Bore is perfect, and overall condition of the rifle is very nice.
It comes fitted with an RHO 6X telescope that mounts into the barrel’s dovetails so that no extra holes have been drilled in the barrel. The original rear buckhorn sight and silver blade front sight are also available at no extra cost if desired. RHO scopes alone now are priced at $850 new. Rifle and scope $2995.00
Could be purchased without a scope and a Montana Vintage Arms midrange sight.
Tades Accepted: No
Kirk is a Montana native whose father always told him he had a whiskey taste on a water income. That is true today...Kirk never considered himself a failure, he started out at the bottom and likes it there. His passion is for old Colt's and Winchesters and what he doesn't know about them he consults with Mike Venturino who has written about some of Kirk's less notable exploits. Kirk returns all calls and is mostly pleasant to talk to. Phone Cell,(406) 579-9343; home, (406) 586-5760