50-70 Government: is this a rimfire?


This is not a rimfire is it? It is Binet primed?

If not a rimfire, was a 50-70 Government rimfire made?


No, that one is NOT a rimfire, although easily confused for one at first glance.

It is an inside primed case, and on the IAA Main Page (see link at top right by FAQ, Search, etc) there is a really great illustrated “Guide” to Cartridge Collecting." that shows all sorts of features.

Check this one first:


Like John says, yours is Benet primed, but the .50-70 Gov’t was also made as a rimfire…