There’s just something about the Sharps “Big Fifty” cartridge. I think we all have gone through “Big Fifty Fever” at one time or another in our shooting careers and I have to admit to having numerous reinfections of the disease. If there is one thing the .50-90 does better than just about any other black-powder cartridge, it is putting game down for keeps. For a purely hunting cartridge, it is very hard to beat.
Mike Nesbitt agrees and has done an excellent article on the Sharps Big Fifty as well as providing us with a great cover to boot. Here’s a warning; reading his write-up may induce Big Fifty Fever and, as anyone who has owned a rifle chambered for the big Sharps cartridge will tell you, there is only one cure.