.450 Short

Reloading data for .450 Short cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_770
Load data for caliber ".450 Short"
The .450 Short is also known as the .450 Revolver Short or the .450 Adams Revolver cartridge.

The .450 Short cartridge was developed in the mid-19th century for use in revolvers. It has a bullet diameter of .455 inches (11.6 mm) and a case length of .85 inches (21.6 mm). The cartridge is typically loaded with lead bullets weighing between 200 and 225 grains (13 to 15 g), and has a muzzle velocity of around 650 to 700 feet per second (198 to 213 m/s) with a muzzle energy of around 200 to 225 foot-pounds (271 to 305 J).

The .450 Short cartridge was primarily used in British military and police revolvers, such as the Webley and Enfield revolvers. It was also used by some civilian revolvers. While it is not a powerful cartridge by modern standards, it was effective at short range and had good accuracy.

Today, the .450 Short cartridge is relatively rare and not commonly used for hunting or other applications. It is mainly used by collectors and enthusiasts of antique and vintage firearms.

You find .450 Short with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .450 Short
Cartridge Type: Pistol/Revolver
Bullet Diameter: 0.452 '' | 11.48 mm
Primer Size: Small Pistol (SP)
Max. Case Length (l3):0.69'' | 17.6 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:1.12'' | 28.5 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:10442.88 psi | 720 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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