Left to right - Benet primed .44 Colt & Remington, .44 Colt and .44 Remington.
|Place of origin||United States|
|Case capacity||40 gr H2O (2.6 cm³)|
|Primer type||Large pistol|
The .44 Remington Centerfire (often referred to as .44 Remington C.F.) was a centerfire revolver cartridge with a heeled, externally-lubricated bullet originally produced by the Remington Arms Company from 1875 until 1895. Only one weapon, the Remington Model 1875, was chambered for this cartridge.
Remington introduced its first large-calibre centre-fire revolver in 1875, although many Model 1858 percussion revolvers had been converted to .44 Rim Fire or .46 Rim Fire calibre, the latter with five-shot cylinders. The new Remington Model 1875 was initially produced in a cartridge of the company's own design, the .44 Remington Centerfire. The first customer for the new revolver was the Egyptian government, which ordered 10,000 of them. However, due the Egyptian's failure to pay for an earlier order of Remington Rolling Block rifles, the order was never delivered. Remington apparently sold the revolvers on the open market to recoup its expenses.
Information about the .44 Remington Centerfire cartridge is rather scarce, with even firearms cartridge encyclopedias failing to mention it. Some sources claim that the cartridge was very close in dimensions and ballistics to the contemporary .44 Colt, to the point of the two being interchangeable, but others dispute this. The .44 Remington Centerfire may also be confused with the .44-40 Winchester due to the former habit of some US firearms companies of producing identical copies of their rivals' proprietary cartridges under their own designations.
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