IMPERIAL SPORTING .40 UP TO .449"

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44 LONG BALLARD (44-35-227 Long 1.09" CASE)

Also described as the 44-35-227 Long with 1.09 inch case. It was introduced in c.1876 for the J.M. Marlin-Ballard Sporting Rifle No. 2, with a 227 grain bullet and with a 35 grain powder charge it gave revolver-level performance and it was really a centrefire version of the .44 Rimfire. It did not achieve popularity, and was superceded by the .44 Extra Long Ballard, but both were rapidly eclipsed by the .44/40 Winchester cartridge. See Hoyem Vol. 4 p.52