Below on the left is a 48 Morse stepbase next to a 44 Ballard percussion. My understanding is that we really have no reliable understanding of the origin of the Ballard percussion cartridge or how the Ballard name came to be associated with the cartridge. What is interesting to me is the similarity of the very wide belt on the bullets of each. Both are very securely seated so I don’t know if the Ballard bullet has a groove like the Morse but that is below the case mouth or if they share any other similarities. Does anyone else have an example of such a wide-belted bullet? Just one of those things that makes you go hmmmmmm.