Hello! I know both sides during civil war used a variety of weapons,the Sharps .58 carbine and rifle seems one of the best,if not the best. I have heard this rifle could reach out to 1000 yard consistently-with real accuracy. Was this the original "buffalo" gun,spoken of later?:) Also,the Spencer "load it up and shoot it all day"-what caliber was that rifle,and how many rounds could it actually hold? Thank you for your blog and for your reply!
The breechloading Sharps Rifle, chambered in .52 calibre, famously used by the Union’s Berdan’s Sharpshooters was the rifle model not the carbine used by the cavalry. The 1,000 yard accuracy is mainly attributed to the Sharps target rifles, which had heavier target barrels enabling improved accuracy.
1859 Berdan Sharps rifle (source)
The Spencer Rifle was chambered in a proprietary .56-56 Spencer rimfire round and its tube magazine in the rifle’s butt could hold seven rounds. Read more about the Spencer Rifle here.
Cutaway of the Spencer Rifle’s action and tube magazine (source)
Thanks for the questions!