Re: Ye olde Forehand & Wadsworth Bulldog
Tranter I would have a gunsmith inspect if decided to shoot.
No Belgium or any proofs, serial # stamped on the butt and the face of the cylinder. Has the stamped bulldog on the left side w/trade above and mark below but the M is missing. Probably lost to buffing for a re-nickel, though the serial #'s are clear and sharp, or off-center listing to the right stamp. Inside the black checkered gutta percha grips the frame is stamped "2". Double or single action, top of the 2 3/8" keyhole style barrel is the cross symbol then Forehand & Wadsworth. The 38 rimfire was originally 130 gr boolit and 18 gr BP. Outside lub .375" and basically the same as the later 38 short colt centefire. I'm finding out what I can. The F&W came in 7 shot 32, 6 shot 38 and 5 shot 41. I'm guessing the cylinders and frame were same size and any of the pivoting loading gates would fit the other. Remington makes a high velocity 38 short colt, 125 gr @ 730'ps, 149.87'lb. I was hoping to find something around 125gr/650'ps/117.24'lb muzzle energy. Of course, I wish to have everything in good working order first before I delve into the possibilities of live fire.