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    A question on a 1863 Sharps conversion to 50/70

    Hello. I bought this rifle on line and have some questions which I will ask the seller after verifying with you folks. His pictures were sketchy and now I know why. It appears to me that the breech block is not original and has a safety? switch on top. It appears to be a preproduction part.
    What do you folks think? Thanks in advance.
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    Definitely not an original block at least. I'd be thinking on a refund.
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    Looks like the gun was beat up.
    Several replacement parts, the block hammer screw looks off the lever pin look repop.
    Lever may also not be correct.
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    It's a repro, Italian made, that was imported and sold out of Florida about 20 years ago. I owned one.
    It's an 1859/1863 action convertef to center fire. Mine was a 45/70.
    Not a great shooter, but it got me started in Silhouette shooting.
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    The gun itself appears original to me, but the breech block and, I suspect the lever, are not. My wife used to have a 50-70 conversion and I can assure you there was no safety on the firing pin.

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    I have an older Pedersoli Sharps Carbine in 45/70 and the block doesn't have the safety shown on this block. Definitely a modern conversion.
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    I believe you are seeing an SILE breech block from a 45-70 Sharps reproduction. They had a safety lever in that location
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