.44 Merwin & Hulbert

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.44 Merwin & Hulbert

Joseph Merwin and brothers William and Milan Hulbert joined together in 1869 to start the Merwin & Hulbert company. Merwin was a talented promoter and salesman that joined forces with the Hulbert brothers that were successful businessmen and financiers. Through acquisition of half interest in the Phoenix Rifle and Ammunition Company and the American Metallic Cartridge Company the companies name was changed to Merwin, Hulbert & Co in the 1870’s. In 1871 Merwin Hulbert & Co. began selling for Hopkins & Allen and three years later they purchased stock to gain equal partnership in the company.

The new company began representing companies such as Ballard, Colt, Ithaca, L.C. Smith, Marlin, Parker, Remington, and Winchester, plus the British companies of Manton, Westley Richards, and W.W. Greener. They sold a complete line of related firearms goods plus non-gun sporting items too. They became the world’s largest dealer in firearms and related accessories.

In 1876 they began production of there own line of handguns ranging from a .22 to .44 caliber. Their revolvers had some of the most advanced technology of the period. Like their automatic shell ejector, which would only eject empty cartridges, when the revolver was broken open. Black powder ammunition is highly corrosive, so they offered nickel platting as a standard feature. Very few of there guns left the factory with a blued finish. They became so popular in the last quarter of the 19th century that they were the fourth largest America seller of revolvers behind Smith & Wesson, Colt and Remington.

They produced a .44 caliber pistol in several different cartridges. The .44-40 cartridge was extremely popular, and the left side of the frame was stamped with “CALIBRE WINCHESTER 1873”. While guns with no caliber designation or “CALIBRE 44 M&H” take their proprietary round. The .44 M&H is capable of propelling a .424” dia. 220 grain bullet at 860 fps with 350 ft.-lbs. of energy.

Some of the notable characters that used M&H pistols were outlaws Jesse James, Bob Dalton, and Pearl Hart. While lawmen Pat Garrett, U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, and Texas Ranger Frank Hamer used M&H pistols to bring criminals to justice.

Roberson Cartridge Company is a custom manufacture of Antique, Obsolete, Precision and Wildcat calibers.

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