Handgun Cartridge Detail

Cartridge Specifications for Caliber: .45/.410 Cal
.45/.410 Cal
.45/.410 Cal
Case Type: Rimmed, straight
Introduced: 1872 Made For:Revolver
Cart Len:1.600-in Case Len:1.285-in
Case Dia:0.480-in Bul Dia:0.456-in
Ballistics measured with:
4-inch revolver barrel
Cartridge Variants
From:165 gr1100 ft/sec443 ft-lbs
To255 gr860 ft/sec420 ft-lbs
Cartridge Used in Database
250 gr850 ft/sec401 ft-lbs
Rankings for
Cartridge Used in Database
PF: 212500 TKO: 13.843

This term does not define an individual cartridge (i.e. .45 Colt). Rather, it designates that a particular handgun is capable of firing both the .45 Colt cartridge as well as a .410 caliber shotgun shell. Both the .45 Colt cartridge and the .410 shotgun shell have the same base and case diameters. Handguns capable of firing both cartridges have their chambers extended to 2.5 or 3 inches to accommodate the longer shotgun shell. Several factors (varying shotgun shell loads, shorter handgun barrel lengths, the presence of rifling) preclude the ability to give accurate ballistics for the .410 shell shot from handguns. As such, we only provide ballistics information for the .45 Colt handgun cartridge in our rankings.