If you want reduced loads I would recommend using a shorter case such as the 44 mag or special. 44 Bulldog vs. 442 Webley wood penetration tests, Unsafe Arms and Ammunition Combinations – SAAMI, building-a-single-action-army-peacemaker-pistol-from-scratch. There is some evidence that Paget presented Custer with a solid-frame Webley First Model Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) revolver.

Its small size made it easy to conceal. The weapon, unsurprisingly, had fixed sights and being small, large numbers still exist, largely due to not being used or having very little use many being stored away in forgotten holes. I then trimmed some cases to 0.85″ and loaded 15 gr. The reversed 158 grain bullets sit about .125″ short of the chamber mouth so they interfere with nothing. Of course the little Bulldog is a little smaller than most 5 shot .38s made today. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets. It generates 121 foot pounds of energy.

My daughter an I will be going to a indoor range this weekend.I'm taken my Bulldog .44 Special 2.5" barrel and would like some opinions on the ammo I should use? 44 caliber ammunition load category. The .38 Long Colt went on to become the US Army service and served through the Spanish American War and the early days of the Philippine Insurrection. the thing i have to ask is i have a iver johnson 44 bulldog revolver i was trying to fine out just what types of ammo may i shoot threw it ive been told all kinds just dont know thanks terry, I own a 2nd model open top Merwin Hulbert chambered in .44 MH and would to shoot it with low power rounds. Further there is the question of provenance and hstorical significance. In a modern gun ballistics can be impressive. Feel free to leave them below. The smokeless powders of the day were bulkier than today’s so the longer case did better with them. M&p 9mm Revolvers Cowboy Action Shooting Pocket Pistol Revolver Pistol Rock And Roll Bands British Bulldog Fire Powers Guns And Ammo Beautifully engraved British Bulldog pocket revolver with pearl handles, marked “BRITISH BULLDOG” on top strap, .38 cal., 2-1/4” barrel. If a powerful semi auto pistol, chambered in a 44 caliber, is something you want then you are in luck. Similar to .45 rounds, power goes from seriously anemic to quite powerful. A 125 grain .355 jacketed hollowpoint seated backwards. It generates 150 foot pounds of muzzle energy. The previously shown M&F stamp is known and documented as a maker/vendors mark. Both of these rounds, because of their low kinetic energy are considered to be near the bottom of the pile as good choices of caliber for self defense. Guns are still made and many custom jobs are floating around; on some occasions, I carry my Charter Arms as it is light and compact. British firearms of all types had been actively marketed in the States for decades prior to the 1870s — including revolvers. I thoroughly enjoy the subject of comparative calibers, especially vintage ones. You should at a bare minimum have some experience with muzzle loading as well as a basic grasp of reloading concepts.

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Modifications needed: Who is/was the manufacturer, condition (both mechanical and exterior), finish, caliber, engraved or not, etc. Antique Cartridge Pistols, Handguns & Revolvers for Sale. In a letter written years after the battle, Lt. Edward Godfrey, of K Company, 7th Cavalry, mentions that during the expedition that culminated in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Custer was carrying "two Bulldog self-cocking, English white-handled pistols with a ring in the butt for a lanyard. I have a box of Magtech Cowboy Action Loads.44 SPL 15,55g(240GR. Gun Deals: MFT 30 Round 5.56 NATO Polymer AR15 Magazines $9.99 Each, Gun Deals: Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8X24mm Rifle Scope w/ Mount $394.99 FREE S&H CODE, Gun Deals: LSI Citadel Boss-25 AR-12 Gauge, Semi-automatic, Shotgun $474.99 FREE S&H, Pre-Order: 50 Round Boxes Winchester 9mm Luger 124grain, FMJ Ammunition $17.99, CMMG Bravo 22 LR AR Conversion Kit – The First Kit That Doesn’t Suck ~VIDEO, What “Unsigning” the Arms Trade Treaty Means for American Gun Owners ~ VIDEO, Daily Gun Deal: Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 SportRifle .22LR Magpul MBUS sights $449.99, The “Other” Model ’94 Lever Action Rifle: Marlin 94 Rifle, Second Amendment Makes Clear: Americans Are Not Subservient To Government – Part Two, Arkansas Passes Significant NFA Gun Law Reforms in 2019. This gives it a muzzle energy of only 115 foot pounds. Unsafe Arms and Ammunition Combinations – SAAMI, building-a-single-action-army-peacemaker-pistol-from-scratch. In the far right corner is the Lt. As with most of these types of revolvers you will give up from 3 to 500 FPS in a handgun. If you want something different then this might be for you as you can shoot shorter 44 rounds in it. Remembered mostly for his devastating defeat by Lakota and Northern Cheyenne at the Battle of the Little Big Horn (or "Greasy Grass," as the Indians called it), in fact he was actually an extremely able cavalry commander — bold, brave and able to make quick, prudent decisions, as he had proven in the Civil War and subsequently on the Western Plains. It was moderately popular until replaced by more modern weapons. Depending on whether we speak of .380 short, .380 long or .38 Short Colt, three different lengths of cartridge case would be proper. All Rights Reserved. The 44 Colt was adopted by the US military in 1871 and used until replaced by the 45 Colt in 1873. A 200-grain bullet can safely be driven to 1800 FPS in a rifle such as a model 92. The Spanish-­made and designed Jo.Lo.Ar. The caliber would unquestionably have been .442, for even though the British military had adopted the .450 round in 1868, this chambering was not offered in the RIC at the time of the Berkeley Paget gifting. It’s a 3in barreled, 5 shot Rossi. The case is a shortened 44 special or Russian and the rim is thinned. Oh my! I have a Uberti SA with two cylinders, 44mag & 44-40. During the Reno Court of Inquiry, which took place 20 years after the event, much testimony, including Godfrey's, was contradicted and confused, so there is still room for error.

It was fairly popular for a few years until better centerfires became available. The 44 short came out in the 1860’s and a couple of handguns were chambered for it including the Allen, Forehand & Wadsworth, and Remington.

This is not uncommon with the European bulldog/Velo Dog class of pistols. Like most of those 44’s of the period it used a 200-grain bullet and about 25 grains of black powder. On the rear face of this revolvers cylinder is a picture of the Manufrance stamp which identifies the maker or and retailer of this particular pistol. Like the 45 Colt both guns and ammo are made today for it. There are some prices quoted in Layman’s book, “The British Bulldog.”. Afterward, the Englishman supposedly presented Tom with a Galand and Sommerville .442 self-extracting revolver. A listed load shows a 260-grain bullet at 700 FPS which gives it around 285 FT LBS. The caliber miked out to just under 36, while the case dimensions were very similar to that of the .38 Short Colt except the rim thickness is only 0.02″, so I realized it was a .380 Rook, aka 380 Ely, or .380 Webley or a variation of. ManuFrance of St. Etienne also made or marketed the Robust shotguns. As with some other handguns I own the bullets are made by me. My favorite in this gun is a 170 gr half jacket HP. 7/8 inch with 14 Turns Per Inch (TPI) threads. Four handguns can be seen: two Smith & Wesson No. A .429 or .430 may prove to be too tight to use. It was named in honour of the original but does not share a design. ©2020 Outdoor Sportsman Group. I also have some Belgian versions of Bulldogs which also have no marks indicating the caliber. It is longer than the French and resembles a 44 Russian round. Brother Tom's Galand was a one-off, so there is no reason to suspect Custer owned more than one RIC. A couple of good obscure examples are the 11 mm German and French.

Well let’s compare these figures to some other well known self defense cartridges. I enjoyed reading your article plus learned a thing or two ! It is extremely accurate and with heavy loads, it is nearly as powerful as the 44 magnum.
Noticed the Merwin Hulbert in your picture is a 44-40. Rossi Model 720 stainless steel!

If you are seeking a chronograph like my own, you can get one here by just clicking on the image. Groups were fired double and single action at seven and 25 yards, and though they shot slightly high, they were certainly respectable, coming in at an average of three inches at seven yards and 53/4 inches at 25. From the .38 Short Colt, Colt developed the .38 Long Colt which was almost identical to the English .380 Long. Antique Gun Parts, Antique Ammo, Skip to Main Content. As well, there is only one such gun showing, leading me to surmise that Custer, in fact, only had one RIC. While it is a good rifle round with good bullets in my view it leaves a lot to be desired in a handgun. The same can be said about the 44 Colt. Great article. His death and the destruction of his command at the Little Big Horn in late June 1876 was an incredible shock to the nation, which was preparing to celebrate its centennial, and caused many to reevaluate their opinions and policies toward Native Americans. A company in Mexico known as Cartuchos Deportivos with a CDM headstamp made brass for a time. The 44 caliber ammo rounds have been around for many years and there are some ammunition loads that are obscure or unknown among most modern .44 handgun shooters. I did a review on the Magnum Research BFR Revolver In 30-30 Win and it shot very well though it is massive.