This happened to a friend last week at the range. He sent me the pics and asked what happened. Honestly , I shoot autos and don’t know much about wheelguns, especially these old style western types. Thought I’d post for more info, and relay an interesting story......and scary!
This is what he shoots. He is a relatively experienced shooter, but limited collector. Said always wanted a western style six shooter, so bought this from LGS about six months ago. I know next to nothing about this style pistol, so did my due diligence on google!
Seems it’s an Italian made, with headstamp date indicating manufacture in 2018. All looked odd to me so I asked more questions. He told me, he was told when he bought it, that this was produced as black powder, but modified to shoot cartridges.........is that even legal??? Supposedly 44 Rem Mag. Not marked anywhere on the pistol though.
He has shot it for last six month no problem.........all Factory 44 Rem Mag......no reloads.
This is the box of bullets he bought 3 weeks ago, at another LGS. Bought two others like it. He loaded first six cartridges, and noticed much louder shots, but gun seemed to be functioning so shot all six. Removed cylinder, an had to pound out the cartridges. All six were split. So he got another box of different ammo, loaded and shot just fine.
Upon inspection he found that 12 of the bullets in the Federal box had a Winchester headstamp!! Look right side of rows of bullets......six he shot were same as next six marked W-W Super 44 Rem Mag. All others were federal with FC headstamp. Other 2 boxes all were FC headstamp.
Were these cartridges were simply overloaded reloads??? Would somebody replace these just to cause the kaboom??? Is there something else I am missing relative to revolvers and/or this style pistol??? To me, the idea that this was a black powder converted to cartridge is the elephant in the room, but I don’t know anything about these type firearms.