Originally Posted by gunsmith1880
Gents, I have an original 1874 Sharps rifle that was shipped on December 21, 1877. It is stamped 45 calibre on the top flat of the barrel and 2 7/8 on the right flat. I just thought that I would add this to the discussion.
Thats how they marked em. Remington was even more vague. My 44-77 roller is simply stamped under the barrel as ".44S" and that doesn't stand for Sharps either. The S means "44 Remington Special"