.38-90 Winchester Express

Monday, July 30th, 2018

.38-90 Winchester Express

The .38-90 Winchester Express was introduced in 1886 and was part of four massive black powder rifle cartridges with case lengths of 3.25 inches. The .50-140, .45-125, and .40-110 Winchester Express calibers were part of this introduction. These calibers were introduced between 1880 – 1886 and were considered obsolete, due to the advent of smokeless propellants, when introduced and never reached their potential.

Winchester stopped offering this caliber in 1904 and the last know ammunition was manufactured in 1914. This cartridge can propel a .376 dia., 217 gr bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1,575 fps, with 1,195 ft.-lbs. of energy. Although, this was not a popular caliber there has been a lot of interest in this and many of the other Winchester Express calibers over the last few years.

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