Center-fire cartridge


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a cartridge in which the fulminate occupies an axial position usually in the center of the base of the capsule, instead of being contained in its rim. In the Prussian needle gun the fulminate is applied to the middle of the base of the bullet.

See also: Cartridge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The basics of the self-contained center-fire cartridge has changed little since 1870.
By history, I mean it was the first center-fire cartridge chambered in the Colt SAA when adopted by the US Army in 1873.
Believe it or not, before the .222 appeared, every commercial American .22-caliber center-fire cartridge was rimmed or semi-rimmed.
* 11mm Spanish Remington--some of the Rolling Block rifles were chambered for the ".43 Spanish." A center-fire cartridge with a rimmed, bottlenecked case 58mm long, it was loaded with a 375-grain lead bullet and 78 grains of blackpowder for a velocity of 1380 fps.
The 17 Hornet Superformance Varmint ammunition is a .17-caliber center-fire cartridge that propels the 20-grain V-Max at 3,650 fps.
3, chambered for a .44 center-fire cartridge, was submitted to government trials, and a number were given to cavalrymen in the field, with generally favorable results.
Both bills define "50 caliber sniper weapon" as "a rifle capable of firing a center-fire cartridge in 50 caliber, .50 BMG caliber, any other variant of 50 caliber, or any metric equivalent of such calibers."
The first successful center-fire cartridge firing revolver was the Smith & Wesson #3 American, which was chambered in .44 Smith & Wesson as well as .44 Rimfire to mate up with the Henry rifle.
Being as how Smith & Wesson was more interested in selling revolvers to the US Army than to civilians, they perked up when the government told them to go back to the drawing boards and present them with a center-fire cartridge. This they did, at first calling it the .44/100 and the Army reciprocated by buying 1,000 of their Model No.
* 11mm Cartucho para Remington--the Rolling Blocks were chambered for the ".43 Spanish," a center-fire cartridge with rimmed, bottlenecked case 58mm long, whose 375-grain lead bullet was propelled to 1380 fps by 78 grains of blackpowder.
* 11mm Cartucho para Remington--additional Rolling Blocks were chambered for the ".43 Spanish," a center-fire cartridge with rimmed, bottlenecked case 58mm long, whose 375-grain lead bullet was pushed to 1380 fps by a 78-grain charge of blackpowder.