No punch line Walter :wink:WalterB said:At the risk of being the butt of a joke, I will be the straight man for this inquiry.
9mm is the approximate caliber of several cartridges-9x19 Luger or parabellum being the most common (others include 9x18 Makarov, 9mm kurz(.380 ACP), and 9mmLargo). Federal is a manufacturer of ammunition.
Charter Arms made a Bull Dog in .44 spec.
Whats the punch line?
Regards, Walter B
Thanks for the additional info Jim. Great name Watson ! Mine's the same. Don't know of any relatives in the South. I have passed the info on to my brother with the cautions. It's good to see another pack rat that keeps all the old books. All my reloading info is current since I only got into this last year.Jim Watson said:Federal IS a manufacturer, not a "designation." They were the only makers of 9mm Federal ammunition.
I guess the marketing people thought it would be better to name the cartridge after the ammo company instead of the gun company.
At the risk of, in Jeff Cooper's words, contributing to the delinquency of a handloader, I will quote from Hal Swiggett in the 1990 Gun Digest.
"Federal lists their 9mm Luger load at 1160 fps from the muzzle. The 9mm Federal is listed at 1280 fps. Although the barrel at 2 1/2 inches is shorter in the revolver, velocity is upped by 120 fps. A call to Federal revealed the same powder is used in both cartridges, but there's a little more in the rimmed version."
I would NOT take that as a license to hotload the Charter Arms, but would have no problem loading 9mm F with starting loads for 9mm P. Why go above that? It's a curio, not a gunfighting weapon, I hope.
Swiggett also said:
"Five regular 115 grain 9mm Luger cartridges were slipped into those cylinder chambers and every one fired every time, but it took a ballpoint pen to punch out the empties. They printed right along with the rimmed version as did Federal 9mm Luger Match."
Y'all be careful, now, you hear?