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Boy-oh-boy but I do love me some Big Bore cartridges! I’ve been searching for a quite a while to find a video regarding this iconic rifle so you all are in for a great treat!
The 50-140 was created for big game hunting and was the most powerful of the Sharps Bison cartridges. However, it was introduced about the time near the end of the great Bison herds that roamed freely across the midwest.
An obsolete round, ammunition is not produced by any major manufacturer although reloading components and brass can be acquired or home-built.
The .50-140 Sharps rifle cartridge is a black-powder cartridge that was introduced in 1884 as a big game hunting round.
It is believed to have been introduced for the Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 rifle. The cartridge is very similar to the .500 Nitro Express.
This round was introduced by Winchester 3 years after the Sharps Rifle Company closed its doors in 1881. It is similar to, though larger than, the .50-90 Sharps.
Either way you look at it, this is a monster cartridge and if you don’t hold onto your rifle tightly, the discharge can knock you on your backside if you’re not careful.