box, 12 cartridges, .45 Revolver, Ball Model 1882 (Schofield length), Frankford Arsenal
box & 12 cartridges
buff cardboard box with buff paper label printed in black.
Description: introduced in 1873 for the Colt Single Action Army revolver, and adopted by the US Army, the .45 Colt cartridge with a 1.26 inch long case would not chamber in the .45 Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver adopted shortly after, and issued concurrently with, the Colt. In August 1874, therefore, the .45 Colt cartridge was replaced in US military service by one with a shorter (1.1 inch) case that would function in both the Colt SAA and the Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver. This case was originally made with a gilding metal (referred to at the time as 'copper') inside primed centre-fire cartridge case and was loaded with a lighter 230 grain bullet. Experiments with a solid head, reloadable cartridge case began in 1879, and a solid head, Boxer primed copper-cased reloading cartridge was adopted as the Model 1882 Ball Cartridge. This proved a perfectly adequate military load, as was confirmed by the hasty re-issue of .45 revolvers during the Philippines Campaign, when the .38 Colt of 1892 proved an uncertain performer against highly-motivated Moro tribesmen. An uncommon survivor.
1) printed on side of box
2) stamped on top of box
1) 12 REVOLVER CARTRIDGES // GENERAL DIRECTIONS FOR RELOADING // ORDERS // Never reload except under the personal supervision of a competent officer. // Grease well EVERY cartridge before firing // Resize, greasing slightly, every shell after firing // CAUTIONS // Never load a primed shell without using a SAFETY-SOCKET // [See Ordnance Notes, Nos. 231 & 322.] // MANUFACTURED AT THE FRANKFORD ARSENAL
3) F // 86 // 12