.44 S&W Russian questions


#1

Hello, gentlemen!
Here I post a specimen of .44 S&W Russian - W.R.A. Co. made. The bullet is obviously FMJ and once was (I suppose) nickel plated, but after sandpaper treating (previous owner done this - darn that sandpaper!) nothing left of the nickel. My questions are:

  1. Manufacture time period
  2. Weigth of the bullet
  3. Type of powder charge (black or smokeless) and weigth




Thanks in advance!

Ivo


#2
  • ‘Full Patch’ bullets introduced JUL 1892
  • Primers marked with ‘W’ - 1894 to ?
  • Jacketed bullets marked with ‘W’ - 1902 to FEB 1932
  • Tin plating on pistol bullets discontinued FEB 1930
  • Case cannelure for smokeless and Lesmok - 1912 to 1918 (Lesmok discontinued)
  • ‘WRA’ headstamp began with 45 Auto Rim - 1929

These dates are from Dan Shuey’s books. There are exceptions to the rule, though. I hope this helps a little!


#3

Thank you very much for your quick reply!! So this is probably made before February 1930, as I understood.

Ivo


#4

Ivo and Roundsworth - from the information posted, wouldn’t the case cannelure mean that this round was made between 1912 and 1918?


#5

John, you are absolutely right!
Gentlemen, thank you very much!

Ivo


#6

Gentlemen, can you post some ballistic data about this particular cartridge (approx. bullet weight, muzzle velocity, etc.)?
I’ll be very gratefull!

Ivo


#7