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45 Colt hand load velocity test

Decades ago when they were brand new I purchased a Smith and Wesson Model 25-5 pistol (in .45 Colt of course) with the mandated 8 3/8 inch barrel in the wooden case it came with in those days. Okay the… Continue Reading

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44 Bulldog vs. 442 Webley wood penetration tests

In tests on human corpses and livestock after the American Civil War the US Army determined any bullet that can penetrate 3/4 of an inch of pine wood was potentially lethal while a bullet that could pierce a full inch of pine wood was quite capable of producing mortal wounds. As shown in the other post the 442 Webley moves a 100 feet per second than does the .44 Bulldog cartridge. I therefore tested both for wood penetration in pine boards from two different 1870s – 1880 period Bulldog revolvers.
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