The big Sharps is back as a little rifle.
- Written by Phil Spangenberger
- Published July 10, 2012
When most people think of the Sharps rifle, it’s a good bet they probably think “Buffalo Gun.” The “Old Reliable” Sharps single-shot rifle was generally the first choice with hide hunters of the late 1860s through the 1870s.
These big, heavy rifles—some weighing over 12 pounds and chambered for some of the biggest blackpowder cartridges of the day such as the .44-77, .45-70, .45-110, .45-120, .50-90 and .50-140—were certainly the big guns of the buffalo-hunting era. The romance of these powerful, straight-shooting rifles lives on today with collectors of original arms and through high-quality replicas with modern shooters.
However, there’s a new kid on the range, and it looks just like the old-time 1874 Sharps buffalo guns, with one exception—it’s a lot smaller. That’s right, Lyman now offers a spittin’ image of the legendary Sharps buffalo...
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