A friend asked me about a cartridge he called a 50 caliber Sharps two inch, and I said it meant nothing to me. Looked in the usual places for information and came up with nothing. There is evidence Sharps made rifles described as “two inch” fifties, and they also offered ammunition.
This nonplussed me until in reading about the archeological work at the Little Big Horn in the mid 1980s I noticed a comment that several 50-70 cases of UMC manufacture were turned up which measured 3/16 in longer than normal. This ought to be 1.9375 I think. Is this then the Two Inch? Are their surviving examples of boxes so marked and advertising references? Jack
P.S. A related and more open and shut question: Does anyone have a UMC .50-70 with a case length of at least 1.875 (one and seven eighths) inch? Thanks, Jack