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Old September 23, 2021, 01:41 PM   #9
44 AMP
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Smith and Wesson invented neither the bored through cylinder nor the Volcanic repeater. S&W made them, but weren't the inventors.

Rollin White patented the bored through cylinder while actually working for Colt. Colt wasn't interested in the idea and let him go. He went to S&W who (reportedly) hired him on the spot and compensated him "handsomely" for the use of his patent.

The Volcanic was invented by B. Tyler Henry, and while S&W made them, they weren't a commercial success. The lever idea worked fine, but the ammo less so, and it was expensive and S&W dropped it after a fairly short production run. Henry went on and later met a shirtmaker named Winchester, which resulted in both of them getting a much larger spot in firearms history.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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