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Forehand & Wadsworth British Bulldog Revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dh1633pm, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. dh1633pm

    dh1633pm Member

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    Picked up a Forehand & Wadsworth British Bulldog Revolver that appears to be in a 38 caliber. Some of the platting is worn off the cylinder but the action is pretty tight and the bore not too bad. Paid $35 for the thing. I check the bore and it certainly is 38 caliber. Anyone have any experience with this type of revolver. All number match. Serial is 264**. I checked on Gunbroker and there are a few for sale. Can't figure out what it shoots, but appears to be centerfire 38, but 38 what? Any value to it other than a nice paper weight. Thanks. fullsizeoutput_21c.jpeg fullsizeoutput_21e.jpeg fullsizeoutput_21d.jpeg
     
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  2. walnut1704

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    Should be a .38 S&W, but if it's not marked only a chamber cast will tell.
     
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  3. dh1633pm

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    Black powder?
     
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    You about got your money's worth. It'd make a nice display on the wall in a velvet covered box. A light charge of BP would be the safest route if you can acertain the caliber.
     
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  5. WestKentucky

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    My money is on 38sw. If you have empty 38 spl brass, stick it in the gun. Should fit very loosely and should stick out the back quite a ways. I don’t have case dimensions memorized, but the 38sw was really really common at the turn of the century which is roughly when your revolver would have been made.
     
  6. Steel Hayes

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    Hopefully this will help,
    The F&W Bull-Dog model was made in 7-shot .32 S&W caliber, 6-shot .38 S&W caliber, and 5-shot .44 Webley caliber.
    All with 2.5” barrel.
     
  7. dh1633pm

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    I partially dis-assembled today. Put all the parts into my ultrasonic cleaner. Water turned muddy after a bit. Pistol came out clean. Put it back together. While apart a nine mill round fits perfect in the cylinder. So my guess is 38 S&W. After the cleaning the action is much more smooth. Except for the old nickle coating which is worn off in places, it is not a bad small pistol. I am sure I will never shoot the thing.
     
  8. Steel Hayes

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    Still, it’s a piece of history that isn’t going to be forgotten. Great find.
     
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