Sharps 50-70

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Sharps 50-70

Post by 50-70 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:15 pm

I have an old Sharps Carbine 50-70. My friend has given me the bug to get my old black powder cartridge out of moth balls... I'm trying to find out more about this rifle that I own. I bought it back in the early 80's. It's a Garrett Arms Sharps Carbine 50-70. The label it came with said "1871 Sharps Cartridge Conversion". It has maybe 15 rounds through it. At the most 20. I have done hrs of searching and found almost nothing about this model and Garrett Arms.

Would love to know what it could be worth? Would also like to know the history of Garrett Arms and its reputation? From what I've read, there are those who think it is junk and those who really like them.

I"m thinking of taking it to the range but want to find out its value first before I do something stupid (which is normal for me).

Thanks for any info, links, history, etc that you can provide. BTW, serial # is 65. I read that not too many of these were made. Its that true?

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Re: Sharps 50-70

Post by Ranch 13 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:34 pm

I wouldn't worry much about the value of that rifle. Those were imported from Italy and the quality did run from good to lousy.
Load it with blackpowder and enjoy.

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Re: Sharps 50-70

Post by R-71 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:24 pm

I would check the value on that Garrett, those were some of the closest "reproductions" made and have attained a following. Your rifle may be more valuable than you think. If I remember correctly the percussion guns had a functioning pellet primer system unlike the repros. made today.

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Re: Sharps 50-70

Post by 50-70 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:38 pm

R-71 wroteCOLONI would check the value on that Garrett, those were some of the closest "reproductions" made and have attained a following. Your rifle may be more valuable than you think. If I remember correctly the percussion guns had a functioning pellet primer system unlike the repros. made today.
Thanks R-71... You are correct that Garrett Arms was the only repro with a complete and fully functioning Lawrence pellet priming system. I posted over at n-ssa.net and they have a bit more info on my carbine. They love the percussion version of the rifle. Supposedly the rifles with Frank Garrett's cartouche/approval are the ones to have. Everything after he left the company was crap. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Sharps 50-70

Post by Singleshot » Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:04 pm

Hello 50-70,
Sent you a pm message.

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Re: Sharps 50-70

Post by Singleshot » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:19 pm

Is there any reason there are only pictures of the right side of the cabine and none of the hammer side? Would like to see address marking on the lockplate.

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Re: Sharps 50-70

Post by BILLYDIXON » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:26 pm

That's a beautiful rifle. I bought one in 1980 in 45/70. I only shot black powder in it without any problems. I only had RCBS Moulds 300, 405, and 500 gr. The only bullet that shot accurately was the 500 gr. I didn't use gas checks but it shot extremely accurate. The only problem I had was the recoil. I sold it when I bought another Shiloh. I would like to get one in .50/70 someday. My first Sharps was a Shiloh in 50/90 I bought as a barreled action in 1979. :D
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