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The .50-90 Sharps rifle cartridge is a black-powder cartridge that was introduced by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company in 1872 as a buffalo (American bison) hunting round.
The .50-90 was created with this purpose in mind. As a result, the cartridge became immediately popular with the professional buffalo hunters on the Western plains. At the time of its invention, there were no special powders or bullet types, and the knowledge of ballistics was reasonably limited.
Occasionally .50-90 rifles are used for vintage competitions, but the commercial availability of other contemporary cartridges (e.g., .45-70) makes cartridges such as the .45-70 much more popular than the .50-90.
- Type: Black-powder rifle
- Place of origin: United States
- Used by: United States
- Designer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
- Designed: 1872
- Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
- Produced: 1875
- Variants: .50-100, .50-110
- Parent case: .50 Basic
- Case type: Rimmed, straight-taper
- Bullet diameter: .512 in (13.0 mm)
- Neck diameter: .528 in (13.4 mm)
- Shoulder diameter: .528 in (13.4 mm)
- Base diameter: .585 in (14.9 mm)
- Rim diameter : .663 in (16.8 mm)
- Case length: 2.50 in (64 mm)
- Overall length: 3.20 in (81 mm)
- Primer type: Large rifle
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The .50-90 Sharps is similar to the .50-100 Sharps and .50-110 Sharps cartridges. All three use the same 2.5-inch (64 mm) case, the latter two being loaded with more grains of black powder. All rifles made for the .50-90 Sharps should be able to use the .50-110 and .50-100 cartridges due to the case dimensions being nearly identical.