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Old February 9, 2013, 12:48 PM   #33
Mike Irwin
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Location: Northern Virginia
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The .38-55 (1870s) and .32-40 (1880s) both were introduced by Ballard in that company's popular and successful series of high-end target rifles.

They remained primarily target cartridges until Winchester introduced the Model 1894 chambered for these two rounds. The smokeless .30-30 and .25-35 didn't debut in the 1894 until 1895, when Winchester was finally able to procure enough smokless powder to load sufficient quantities of ammunition.

Savage picked up both rounds for its Model 1899, which undoubtedly helped keep them alive through the transition to smokeless powder.
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