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.44-40 from a revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Goosey, Jun 22, 2013.

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  1. Goosey

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    Just wondering, does anyone have any chronograph numbers for today's standard "200 at 1190" load from a 4-5/8", 5-1/2" or 7-1/2" barrel?

    From what I've read it's probably somewhere from 850-950 but haven't seen specific numbers for the same load from both a rifle and a revolver.
     
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    Modern factory loads for .44/40 are pretty sedate. I owned a couple rifles in the caliber and the factory ammo was closer to 800 fps from a rifle, probably 650-700 from a handgun.

    Handloaded in modern firearms the cartridge can do much better. I could get 1050-1100 from a rifle using Unique and not overtorque anything.
    I'm guessing those loads would hit 900-950 from a handgun.

    Oldtimers liked the .44/40 and .38/40 in handguns bettter than .45 Colt and not just because the cartridge could be used in their rifles as well.
    They claimed those rounds "Shot harder" than .45 Colt loads.
     
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    I don't have a .44-40 (should remedy that!) but I do have a couple .38/40's and without exceeding standard pressures 180's can run up to 1200fps from revolvers and 1550fps from rifles.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    I chronographed Winchester 200gr JSP at 1174 fps in a 24" 1892 and 796 fps in a 4.75" SAA.

    A reload, 7.0 gr W231 and a 200 gr cast RNFP got
    1100 fps in 24" 1892
    773 fps in 4.75" SAA
    857 fps in 7.5" SAA
     
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