Hello all, I have been collecting older H&R revolvers for some time, my favorites being the 44 Webley/Bulldog "American" models. I load the diminutive .44 bulldog, and both my 44 H&R's are shooters. This is a really fun round @ 460 fps and muzzle energy of 80, it's basically a paperweight launcher.
I recently acquired this Iver .44, I believe it is the first model. It is different from the h&r's in that the cylinder has stepped chambers, the h&r's are tapered. Not all that unusual I guess but the measurements are a little odd for either the Webley .436 or the Bulldog .440
On the tapered h&r cylinder throats, the measure out at about .441 to .443 and a bullet fits just snugly inserted into it, the bullets are .44 as a bulldog should be.
On the Iver throats, it's a different story, they are measuring out at about .432 at the most, and a bullet does not fit through like the tapered h&r, which if the Iver is a 44 Webley only, the bullet should technically be .436
I guess the question is, was the Iver 44 Webley ony? and .332 seems pretty tight for a .336 bullet. Is the 44 Webley a heeled bullet like the Bulldog? I don't see a need for stepped cylinders for a heeled bullet.
Any help would be appreciated, here are some more pics of the three amigos.