I have read all the earlier threads on the 38/44 target and learned that there is also a common misconception between the pre 1900 38/44 target and aprox 1950 38-44HD, predesessor to the 357magnum.
I have reproduced the 38/44 pre 1900 Black Powder reload in the following manner:
1- Turned down 357 maximum brass to fit flush in the cylinder of my 38/44 target top break revolver.
2- After seating a small pistol primer I filled the brass with 17grns. of fffG.
3- I seated a 158grns RN bullet with natural lube for Black Powder. I used an obsolete 45 colt die with a 38spl stem inside,
all in order to seat the bullet flush with the front of the brass.
The BP was compressed some with the bullet. See the pic`s.
Coments are welcome.. and a range report is yet to come..