|NO. 2 - First Version, Recapper on nose - pre-1891
|Scarce 38-44 G[allery] (Round Ball)
|32-44 S&W Conical Ball, no "T" (Target)
|VARIATIONS IN STAMPING ON 32-44 Target/Conical Ball configurations
|32-44 S&W Conical Ball, "T" (Target)
|(Note bullet seating stem (78) is identical to those used by the No. 3s and 6s.
This die came with tool but it may be a replacement.)
|Probably unique. This tool was only listed in 32-44 and 38-44,
but this one is a 25-20-77 and was seen on eBay.
Note two-stage die. May fit the small die No. 3.
(Both photos courtesy M. Vandamn)
Picture from ammo-one.com. Interesting item, as I thought it would
look like a "normal" cartridge. The site says it is not the 32-44 case,
which looked similar. I understand that there were only about 1,000
top-break rifles made, so I find it somewhat odd that Ideal would
make a tool for that scarce a combination. Then again, Barlow bent
over backwards to accommodate the trade.
|Courtesy eBayer Jim (demo55)
A neat cut from a Smith & Wesson poster up for auction on eBay. The seller graciously responded to my request for a
close up of this scarce gun. After seeing the cartridge, I wondered what this Odd Duck would look like, then realized that
the "32-100" had to mean 32/100ths, otherwise the cartridge would have been almost as long as a pencil. (It would have
made one Helluva varmit cartridge though. :-) ) Too bad S&W made it in such an unique cartridge. It probably would
have sold better in the 32 Long Colt but I guess in those days, each manufacturer had it's own line of ammo to push.
|VARIATIONS IN STAMPING ON 38-44 Target/Conical Ball configurations
|Unusual 38-44 S&W 110. The "110" is the conical
bullet weight. Usually seen with just the caliber marking
and a "T" for Target (same conical ball).
|Rare Rifle Caliber 32 S&W RR (Revolving Rifle)