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January 2005

An assortment of .45-85 Bullard Cartridges........

Here are four variations of the .45-85 Bullard cartridge by the Union Metallic Cartridge Company and two by Winchester. Those by UMC include a full metal jacketed bullet, two lead lead bullets, the second being a British style copper-tubed express bullet, and a wood bullet shot load. The 'S H' in the four UMC headstamps identifies the cases as having solid heads, rather than being of the early folded head construction. The first of the two Winchester cartridges has a folded head, unheadstamped case, indicating production sometime prior to about 1880. Winchester began producing solid  head cases around 1880, and began applying headstamps to its sporting ammunition in about 1884.


Cartridges for the Remington rolling block pistol......

Here are eight cartridges for the Remington Rolling Block Pistol, the four slightly necked on the left for the Army model pistol, and the four straight tapered cartridges on the right for the Navy model pistol.  
The Army cartridges include one Martin's primed on the left, the rest being Benet primed. All four were probably made at the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, although the fourth one probably had its lead bullet removed and the shot filled wood bullet added by Stokes Kirk, a New York seller of surplus military goods around the turn of the century. The four Navy model cartridges on the right include a Benet inside-primed example made at the Frankford Arsenal on the left, followed by a lead bullet load and a wood bullet shot load, both Berdan primed and made by the Union Metallic Cartridge Company in Bridgeport, Conneticutt. The last cartridge, with its rounded head and copper Farrington primer, was made at the United States Cartridge Company in Lowell, Massachusetts.


.500 Revolver cartridges with plenty of uuumph........

The four cartridges shown here are variations of  the .500 Tranter or Webley revolver cartridge, introduced around 1880 in England for use in revolvers based on the Tranter and Webley patents. All four have bullets that weigh in the range of 340 to 350 grains. British production of the cartridge ended by 1920; European production continued much later, with the German firm Rheinisch Westfalische Sprengstoff (RWS) listing it in their catalogs as late as 1939. The first two cartridges are British, and were made by Eley, the first one being quite early based on the headstamp style and the two piece battery cup primer. The last two are French, based on their headstamps, which indicate they were made by Gevelot & Gaupillat. The last cartridge also has a battery cup primer. The revolver shown here was made for Boss & Co., a London retailer, in the 1880s. It is based on a William Tranter patent, and is so marked. Its cylinder holds five of the .500 cartridges. 

Two interesting Rem-UMC .45-70s .....

Here are a couple of not-so-old .45-70 Government cartridges made by Remington-UMC that don't show up every day. The first is a smokeless load, identifiable by its  'U' marked primer and the case cannelure. It is loaded.with a jacketed soft point bullet, and is pretty normal in all respects except for the headstamp. It was stuck twice during the stamping process, making the headstamp look a little more out of focus than it actually is. Portions of the first strike are readily apparent on the left side of the head at about the 8 o'clock position where 'GOV' appears between the heavier 'REM' and '45' of the second strike, and on the right hand side at 3 o'clock, where the 'M -' from 'REM-UMC' is visible.  The second cartridge is a wood rod dummy, with a hole in the primer and four holes in the tinned case. The plating is nearly worn off of the case. It is topped off with a 405 grain lead bullet.