Prairie Dawg, SASS #50329 Posted January 29 Share Posted January 29 Good Evening: I was cleaning up my hard drive, & came across this post from "w44wcf" from (I think) the old defunct forum "The Frontier Spot". For those of us who shoot the 44-40 cartridge with black powder, it is interesting, to say the least! --Dawg ****** I was looking though the old ammunition catalogs that are illustrated on the International Ammunition Association's website and discovered that between 1906-1910 in addition to the standard 40 gr cartridge, U.M.C. (Union Metallic Cartridge Co) offered a reduced 28 gr. black powder factory 44-40 cartridge. Then from 1911- to about 1920, REM-UMC continued to offer the same cartridge variation. http://www.cartridgecollectors.org/ammunition-catalogs U.M.C. also offered 28 gr. cartridge variations for the 38-40 & 45 Colt as well. Being a history student of the 44-40, I found that to be particularly interesting since the .44 Henry cartridge that preceeded the 44-40, was also loaded with 28 grs. of b.p. It seems that it is very likely, that there were requests from 44-40 users that a cartridge that replicated the earlier .44 Henry ballistics. So......I decided to replicate that historic cartridge for testing. U.M.C. would have used a wad between the powder charge and the base of the bullet. I used 28 grs of KIK FFFG ignited by a CCI 300 primer and 2 different bullets 1.) 200 gr. Mav Dutchman 2.) 43-215C I settled the charge by dumping it slowly thorugh the funnel holding the pan about 5" above it. I then added, on top of the powder, .7cc PSB (Poly Shot Buffer) for the 200 gr bullet and .5cc (Lee scoops) for the 215 gr. bullet ( the 43-215C seats deeper). When the bullets were seated they which compressed the filler and powder charge. It was a beautiful crisp day yesterday. The temperature reached about 40F with little wind and plenty of sunshine. I took the opportunity of the nice (for this time of year) day to head to the range to try the 28 gr 44-40 cartridges. I set up the chronograph and sent 5 rounds of each recipe over it - average velocities were - 200 gr. - 1,128 f.p.s. (almost "spot on" the original 1,125 f.p.s. of the Henry 200 gr ctg which was loaded with 28 grs. of b.p.) 215 gr. - 1,107 f.p.s. Accuracy at 100 yards was pretty good (2 1/2" with 3 in 1" / 43-215C ). It was pretty neat....stepping back in time...... w44wcf 3 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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