In 1873, Winchester introduced the gun that would be known as “The Gun that Won the West”—the Winchester 1873 lever action rifle, chambered in .44 WCF (Winchester Center Fire.) The same year, Colt introduced the 1873 Colt SAA revolver in Colt .45 and the US Army introduced the .45-70 Government.
Colt, realizing that western settlers wouldn’t want to carry different types of ammunition for their rifles and side arms, decided to chamber their 1873 SAA revolvers in .44 WCF—though they renamed the .44 WCF to .44-40 (.44 caliber and 40 gains of black powder) in order to prevent giving Winchester free advertising.
Winchester never reciprocated by chambering any of its guns in Colt .45.
Today, most lever gun reproductions are chambered in the Colt .45 for two reasons. First, the rims on modern Colt .45s are stronger than their 19th Century counterparts; and second, .44-40 Winchester ammunition is rather scarce.
If you have considered buying or reloading the .44-40 Win, here are some helpful recommendations from my experience.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CARTRIDGE… Out of dozens of good ones! (Craig Boddington)
“Which cartridge for me?” is a question I’m often asked. It may come from someone looking for a first centerfire rifle to get a youngster or spouse started, but just as frequently I am asked, “What should I get next?”
These are altogether different questions. In both cases, it’s essential to know the intended purpose; for the second question, obviously, I also have to ask what that person already has. Either way, we have so many great cartridges today that’s it’s a bewildering mess! The good news is that there are few wrong answers—no “bad” cartridges make it to factory production, and there’s all manner of overlap and redundancy in power requirements. There are dozens of good “deer cartridges,” only slightly fewer great “elk cartridges,” and so forth.Continue reading Choosing the Right Cartridge – Craig Boddington→
This ammo provides you with consistent quality you can rely on. So, whether practice plinking or shooting for that bulls-eye in a competition, when you’ve loaded your .22 with this competition grade rimfire ammo you can be confident that you’re ready for whatever comes next. With quality like this, you can be assured that your every shot can reach its maximum. The Truncated Cone design of this Remington .22 LR round offers a great balance between penetration and power. The aerodynamic build of the Remington .22 LR Hyper Velocity 36 Grain Truncated Cone Solid Ammunition offers heightened accuracy and reliability, and its light-weight design allows these rounds to reach hyper velocity. Continue reading When looking for sales on quality .22 LR ammunition, trust your online purchases to LG Outdoors.→
In the 1950s, the 7.62x51mm NATO rifle cartridge was selected to replace the .30-06 Springfield as the standard NATO rifle cartridge. The 7.62 cartridge received a lot of criticism for being too heavy, producing too much recoil, and not allowing for a high enough rate of fire in combat. During this time, the U.S. was starting tests and research, ultimately leading to the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge. Continue reading The History of the .223 Remington and the 5.56x45mm NATO→