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Contender, thank you for the message to this thread. What he most likely has is a shot cartridge. Today we have plastic shot cups like the ones Speer offers, but back around the turn of the century, wood was used to encapsulate the shot.

Winchester's catalog of 1899 shows a number of rimfire and centerfire shot cartridges that use the wooden shot cups as does U.M.C.'s catalog of 1906. Calibers ranged from the .22 W.C.F. up to the .50-110 and .56-50 Spencer. A number of pistol cartridges were also offered in the shot version.

The wooden capsule was loaded to the same overall length as a standard cartridge and the nose was chamfered for easy feeding from the magazine. Fortunately, I have some examples of this in several different calibers in my meager cartridge collection.

History is sure interesting!

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Gunnut45/454,

My apologies for the delay in responding. The .44-40 shot cartridges with the wood shot container I've purchased cost $2 to $3 each. A full box in the original packaging might be worth $150-$200 and up depending on the manufacturer.

By comparison I've paid $5 to $7 for a similar .45-70 cartridge, $10 for a similar .50-70 shot cartridge and $15-$20 for a .50-110 shot cartridge with the wood shot container. At those prices, I can't afford too many!

Other types of .44-40 shot cartridges were loaded in an extended cartridge case 1.6" long with the shot contained within the case.

Another type was the .44XL which consisted of a standard .44-40 cartridge case with a paper shot container which held almost 1/2 oz. of shot. It was a little over 2" in length and was meant for the Marbles Game Getter single shot.

Oh, what those boys did'nt think of back then!

John
 
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