Eric M said:
There was, well over a century ago a Long Colt load, but it only lasted for a short time.
por favor! Details, please?
A few years ago, author John Malloy had a relatively lengthy article published in The Shotgun News, titled "In Search of the .45 Long Colt". After considerable research, author Malloy concluded: "...Thus, almost all of our evidence points to the term '.45 Long Colt' being in error. There apparently never was a cartridge called the .45 Short Colt, and no major ammunition manufacturer has ever use the term .45 Long Colt. No known American firearms manufacturer, with the exception of Ruger from 1986 to date (which might simply be a mistake that has been perpetuated) has ever used the chambering other than .45 Colt. Winchester and Marlin rifles use the term .45 Colt for their chambering.
"In summary, a search was made for a cartridge called the .45 Long Colt. It really could not be found.
"So, this should settle the issue, shouldn't it? The proper term is '.45 Colt'. Still, '.45 Long Colt' rolls off the tongue easily and has begun to sound familiar. Most everybody knows what we mean when we say it. Does it really make any difference what term we use?
"Perhaps it does. We in the firearms community ought to use uniform and precise terminology. If we do not-if any name is just as good as any other name-we leave ourselves open to the garbled language of bureaucrats who think a bullet and a cartridge are the same thing, or that semi-automatic rifles are machine-guns..."
Author Malloy observed "Gun people have always participated in friendly
discussions." (emphasis mine
). Now, is a clip really the same as a magazine?