.38-56 WCF
A .38-56 WCF cartridge next to a .30-30 Winchester cartridge
.38-56 WCF (left) and .30-30 Winchester (right)
Type Rifle
Place of originUnited States
Case typeRimmed, Bottleneck
Bullet diameter.3775 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter.40 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Shoulder diameter.445 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter.505 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter.605 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim thickness.065 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length2.10 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length2.50 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer typeLarge Rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
220 gr (Script error g) RN 1,750 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s) 1,496 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
275 gr (Script error g) FN 1,382 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s) 1,166 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
Test barrel length: 26"
Source(s):,[1] Rifle Magazine[2]

The .38-56 Winchester Center Fire cartridge was introduced in 1887 by Winchester for the Winchester Model 1886,[3] and was also used in the Marlin Model of 1895. Production of Model 1886s chambered in this cartridge ceased in 1910 due to lack of demand,[4] while most commercial production of the cartridge itself ceased in the 1930s. New production loaded cartridges and unloaded brass cases are rare, and are often created using reformed .45-70 brass. The cartridge was originally intended to outperform the similar .38-55 Winchester, but in reality had very similar ballistics despite using more gunpowder.[5]

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