Chris - sorry, I misunderstood you. However, Winchester catalogs from 1904 to at least 1910 do not show any such caliber as “.45 Short CF.” I did not go through the catalogs past 1910 in response to this, but can if you like. Now, I wonder if the “.45 Short CF” by any name was only for export. None of my Winchester catalogs are specifically for foreign sales or not. I don’t know if they published an export catalog differing in content from their domestic ones or not. The only “short .45” shown in any of the catalogs I have is the .45 Webley.
My information came directly from the winchester catalogs, by the way.
Another thought - bear in mind I am just throwing out ideas because I don’t know squat about these old revolver rounds - is that maybe in 1904 they changed the headstamp from .45 Webley to .45 short CF. Is there such a headstamp known? I simply don’t know myself. I don’t know where Shuey’s 1904 date comes in, but of course, he had access to ten times the information on Winchester cartridges I did. It would be nice to find out if there were “Export only” catalogs, or what the source for that date is, though.
I reserached my files on UMC and found that it is possible that the date I gave of the .450 Black Powder as Febray 1889 could be actually 1897. The writing in my notes is poor. There is no entry, however, earlier than that for any .450 revolver cartridge of any name. I am not saying they didn’t make the .450 Adams. I am simply saying that it is not in their log.
Unfortunately, I have not one single UMC catalog, xerox copy or original in my files. I wish I did. It has kept me from helping others in this subject area more than once. I only have an undated (unforturnately) reprint of the UMC part of a Schuyler, Hartley and Graham catalog, which does show the .45o and .45 Webley cartridges, but nothing else in .450 revolver rounds by any other name.