38-55 Winchester Ammunition
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The 38-55 Winchester Centerfire started life as a Ballard Target Cartridge in 1884. Winchester later chambered this cartridge in the Model 1885 single shot, along with the famous Model 1894 lever action.
It's considered a medium power cartridge generating as much as 1,500 foot-pounds of energy. The 38-55’s name is derived from the old convention caliber of the bullet over grains of powder, 38 caliber bullet 55 grains of black powder. The case is a straight wall rim design, the rim is used to control headspace. Ideal for single shots and lever actions.