By Bob Wright
While I'm convalescing my wife won't let me do anything meaningful. So, if y'all will indulge my posts here abouts, a few cartridges:
These are some variations of old .45 caliber rounds, all commercial:
The notes below are the headstamps of the rounds. The nickeled case round is from one of the first boxes of ammunition I bought many years ago for my Colt New Service.
The .44 Remington is unmarked, but the case is Remington, but I believe the round is a reproduction.
And, sort of the progression from .44 R.F. to .44 Magnum:
I believe the .44 S&W is in reality just a centerfire Henry. The first Smith & Wesson No.3 submitted to the Army was rimfire, and the Army returned it wanting a centerfire. According to what I have read, it the gun was simply changed to centerfire without changing the chamber dimensions.
Early cartridges loaded for the US Army:
Thanks for looking.
By Bob Wright
My RCBS seating dies use the same seating stem for .44 Special, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt, so I keep the seating stems separate in a wooden box. (I have this affinity for wooden boxes)
My die is already set for crimping, so in order to get the correct seating depth, I made up some inert rounds:
I then run the correct dummy round up into the die, then insert the seating stem until it contacts the bullet nose.
And, just for a newbie to show off, my shell holder box: