Originally Posted by polishshooter
Remember that the rimfire Henry cartridge and thus the first Winchester 66 ones then also were actually .44-25s...the quote from ofitq above that 25 grains is nothing to sneeze at is a good one. Granted there was no gas loss with the cartridges but it would be close.
Heck, I shoot 25 grains in my steel frame Traditions 1860 and it works goo enough.
I'm not sure when i shoot conicals I could get much more in there!
Heck the standard load for a Walker (or was it a Dragoon I forget?) was only 40 grains...think .44-40.
also may i interject that the winnies & possibly henry was commomly cast from an alloy, which from the times 1850-1880 was called gun metal , really a strong bronze which gave the appearence when buffed as being pure brass.
this is what i have read and do not present myself as an authority.