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The Spring Wish-Bug has hatched

March 3, 2010

Sun light and melting snow, plus a late night with Quigley Down Under, has renewed my appetite for an 1874  Sharps “Old Reliable” — in the fabled .50 caliber of course.

Cruising the net, I see that Pedersoli makes a replica of the “Big .50″ that just fits the bill.  34″ half round, half octagon barrel with a 1-in-26” twist; double set triggers; soule rear sight; and a globe front sight with 12 apertures.  It even has a spirit level mounted in the rear barrel dovetail so you can tell when the 11.75 pound rifle starts to pull you over.

On the plus side, I could spend a good portion of my remaining days fiddling with black powder loads, casting and paper patching bullets.  But practical experience has taught me that this fun is going to cost me well in excess of the $2,193 asking price for the rifle.  There’s the brass, the new molds, a better lead pot, a portable bench, and all manner of new possibles that would have to be purchased to maximize the therapeutic benefits of my very own “Big .50.” 

And then there is the thrifty Norwegian with another set of priorities; I don’t think I’ll mention this to BKM just yet.

— Margadant

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 7:11 pm

    It’s a bargain. I had a co-worker who was into the western reenactment shooting thing. He studied books, had period correct clothing tailored, etc. In quest of authenticity he upgraded to original pieces – a revolver, rifle and shotgun. $$$! (He also has a set of unfired Winchester bolt actions in all calipers in addition to his hunting rifles. He is an intense person. Nuts.)

  2. March 4, 2010 8:11 am

    You do realize that BKM is like any good wife and is monitoring this blog don’t you?

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