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Old July 18, 2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Can anyone help identify this casing?

Can anyone identify this casing?

I measured everything with calipers.

The case length is about 38.33mm (1.5in)

The base diameter is about 15.78mm (0.62in)

The neck is slightly deformed, but I used the circumference to find the neck diameter, and it's about 10.8mm (0.425in)

The bullet itself was already shot, and I suspect the cartridge to be at the very least 60 years old, but probably closer to 110-160 years old.

The base has the letter "C" on it, and it clearly has 2 firing pin marks, at exactly 180 degrees from each other.

Here are some images to help you out.

I think it's a really rare casing because I haven't been able to find any/much info on it. I suspect it to be a .44 caliber round for the Civil War Era Winchester Model 1866 carbine. Here's an old ad for it too. (

If you need more info, I can post more.
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Old July 18, 2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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Not an expert, but .....

Neck diameter is about right for .38-40 ......

You sure those marks an the rim are from firing pins?

The circle in the middle of the case sez "not rimfire" to me.....
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Old July 18, 2011, 11:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback.

But I'm 100% positive this is a rimfire. I'm 99.99999% sure that it has dual firing pins. It has nothing other than the imprinted "C" in that circle on the base.

The marks from the firing pins are at exactly 180 degrees from each other, eliminating the possibility of it being a misfire that was reloaded and tried again.

When I noticed this, I had never heard of dual firing pins, but after a little research, I found that a few older, larger caliber rimfires had them.
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Old July 18, 2011, 12:03 PM   #4
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Not rare at all, not a .44 Henry.
You show a 10.4x38 Swiss Vetterli, dimensions correct within reasonable limits of 19th century manufacture and weathering.
There are numerous internet entries and advertisements of rifles for sale.
So do a search.
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Old July 18, 2011, 12:10 PM   #5
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Thanks very much guys!

I actually just found out from another website, and they gave me photos and a few links.

If anyone's interested, here they are:

Example of cartridge box:
Actual cartridges:
The rifle and its history:
History of the cartridge:
The headstamp ("C" in a circle means it was produced by Caverhill & Learmont, in Quebec): http://theswissriflesdotcommessagebo...dge#reply-9943,
Forked firing pin:

My help came from

Once again, thanks guys!
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Old July 20, 2011, 10:18 AM   #6
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I agree with Jim Watson. .41 Swiss Vetterli rimfire.
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