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Old August 24, 2012, 03:16 AM   #105
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Win 73 - I own ten .45 Colts. Some are marked "45 Colt" and some are marked "45LC" - even the same manufacturer (Uberti) marks them differently, depending on the model. Unless the Wal-Mart clerk is a CAS shooter, I wouldn't fault him one bit for not knowing the difference. My understanding of the origin of "Long Colt" is a bit different than your own - that when the .45 Schofield was proposed as a serious competitor to the .45 Colt for use by the Army, and was (officially or otherwise) adopted by some units, "long" was added to minimize confusion since the Schofield cartridges, being shorter, can be fired in Single Action Armys, but .45 Colts are too long for the Schofield cylinders. Similarly, I suppose, though I've never read of anyone actually screwing up on this one, feeding Schofields into an 1873 Winchester is certain to cause problems.
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