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I have a cousin in Michigan that has dug up a brass cartridge case with a headstamp of 50-510.
I can find references to the 50-110 cartridge, but no pictures.
I assume the 110 has to be 110 grains of black powder. Since 510 is too large a charge, I must assume it has to do more with bullet weight as the change from black powder to nitro cellulose caused some changes in cartridge loading.
Can anyone find reference to this 50-510 mystery? Who made the rifle for it?
 

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My guess would be a 50 caliber "Sharps" 1874 round that was designed to hold 110grs of black powder firing a 510gr lead bullet. There is a section in the new "Accurate" loading manual with data for this cartridge, or one like it. I've not seen one, but there are a few "cast" loaders that still load this cartridge (I'm told). I believe it might be the cartridge of "Billy Dixon" fame almost a century and a half ago.
 

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Cartridges of the World, 12th Edition has listings for a 550 gr bullet in the 50-110 Sharps and 50-140 Winchester.
 
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