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Old September 27, 2012, 06:57 AM   #65
Mike Irwin
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
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OK, I may be wrong about the length. It's been a LONG time since I've actually had hands on with period guns and ammo, but I do know that the rim size on the Colt was a concern.

But, of the three cartridges - .45 Colt, .38-40, and .44-40, I believe that the .45 Colt, as loaded by the military, had the greatest overall length at 1.60 inches, which was longer by a bit than the overall length of the .44-40 using the standard bullet of the day.

I also know that when Smith & Wesson re-introduced the Schofield in the 1990s, they lengthened the cylinder.

I'm trying to track down some dimensioned drawings of the No. 3s, but so far no luck.
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