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The .44-40 Winchester, also known as .44 Winchester, .44 WCF (Winchester Center Fire), and .44 Largo, was introduced in 1873 by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company1. It was the first metallic centerfire cartridge manufactured by Winchester and was promoted as the standard chambering for the new Winchester Model 1873 rifle1. The cartridge was both a rifle and a handgun caliber and became widely popular, earning the Winchester Model 1873 rifle the nickname “The gun that won the West
The .44 WCF cartridge used an inside-lubricated bullet and was reloadable2. The case was lengthened to 1.3” and is a tapered case with a slight bottleneck2. The .44-40 Winchester is still popular for cowboy shooting and hunting and is said to have killed more deer than any other round in the world.
The round comes in a variety of bullet weights, but the most common are in the 200-grain range3. The .44 WCF round was produced by Union Metallic Cartridge first, but at the time of its release, it was classified as a .44-40 round