Sharps

The .50-90 Sharps was introduced in 1875 as the premier cartridge of its day for buffalo hunting. It represented a substantial increase in power over the .50-70 Government which was used by many of the hide hunters.

The .50-90 is also called the .50-100 or .50-110 depending on the bullet weight and powder charge used. Although obviously suitable for any large North American big game, if not for the current limited production of Sharps replicas chambered for it, this cartridge would have been relegated to Old West legend.

The pressure limit set for the .50-90 Sharps was developed by firing 90 grains of FFg black powder and a 440 grain lead bullet. This produced a pressure of 20,000 P.S.I.

This data is intended only for firearms safe for use with smokeless propellants.

.50-90 SHARPS

Gun

C. SHARPS

Max Length

2.500"

Barrel Length

30"

Trim Length

2.480"

Primer

FC 215

OAL Max

3.200"

Case

Eldorado

OAL Min

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START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length

Comment

3B5 (L) FN

5744

39.0

1B55

5744

43.0

1795

20,300

2.870"

Penny's

435G

73.8

159B

435G

82.0

1814

1B,B00

31GG

7B.5

149B

31GG

85.0

1700

15,800

Compressed

87GG

81.0

13B5

87GG

90.0

1551

14,700

Compressed

440 (L) FN

5744

34.2

1370

5744

38.0

1557

18,300

3.000"

LY515141

435G

72.0

1539

435G

80.0

1749

19,500

31GG

7B.5

1492

31GG

85.0

1B95

18,300

Compressed

87GG

7B.5

1242

87GG

85.0

1411

15,300

Compressed

550 (L) FN

5744

31.5

1241

5744

35.0

1411

20,400

2.925"

RCBS

435G

58.5

1274

435G

B5.0

1448

17,000

31GG

B2.1

1220

31GG

B9.0

138B

1B,300

87GG

B4.8

1035

87GG

72.0

117B

1B,700

.528 13,41

.512 13,005

START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains

Vel.

P.S.I.

Length

Comment

Barnes 400 SP

5744

38.3

1542

5744

42.5

1752

17,200

3.000"

4350

75.6

1571

4350

84.0

1785

16,800

3100

76.5

1382

3100

85.0

1571

13,100

Compressed

8700

81.0

1276

8700

90.0

1450

14,800

Compressed

Please note that a firm crimp is necessary for good powder ignition.

Please note that a firm crimp is necessary for good powder ignition.

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