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Old August 8, 2018, 10:34 AM   #9
RickB
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Pull a bullet and see if the they are solid head or "balloon head" cases.
You can't get 40 grains of black powder into a modern, solid head .44-40 case, and I think balloon heads are from the early 1900s, at the latest.

I have a couple of balloon head .44 Russian cases, and it's easy to identify, because they have the appearance of the primer pocket being raised above the bottom of the case, rather than there just being a flash hole in the flat bottom of a solid head design.
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