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.44 S&W American


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I read a good article last night about the .44 Russian. I learned that the parent case of the .44 Russian is the .44 S&W American. The .44 S&W American was used in the Smith & Wesson Model 3 staring circa 1869.

What I can't find is if the .44 S&W American is an original, or does it have a parent case?


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The .44 S&W American is the archetype and was the progenitor of the .44 S&W Russian, the .44 S&W Special, and the .44 Magnum. The big difference between the .44 American is that it used a heeled bullet, and all it's descendants don't. Therefore, the actual bore diameter of the .44 American is larger than those of its descendants.

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