.44 Caliber

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Introduced in 1869 by Sharps for their model 1869 Sharps rifle, this was one of the earliest center fire cartridges to be offered. It quickly became very popular and was used in the commercial hunting of the American Buffalo and for target shooting. Most of the Bison hunting occurred between 1871 – 1884 and .44 and .50 calibers were used extensively until 1873, when .45 calibers became popular.