In a previous thread, sksvlad asked about a “large primer” cartridge he had come across. It turned out to be one variation of the 50-70 GOVT cartridge. His question got me to thinking (dangerous, I know).
Is there a cartridge that had more physical variations of case, primer and bullet types in such a short time period than did the 50-70 Government??
Just off the top of my head, and without any pain whatsoever, I can think of at least 3 case materials sporting 9 uniquely different primers in 5 different sizes. This is not counting at least 6 different bullet/ball styles and blanks in at least 4 different lengths. Or headstamps.
Although the 50-70 continued to be used commercially throughout the late 1880s and early 1900s, its US GOVT service life was less than 10 years, from 1866 to 1873.
Is there another cartridge that can boast such a history?