.44-40 Winchester ammo (also known as .44-40 WCF) is closely tied to the Winchester Model 1873 rifle for which it was originally produced. One of the most common calibers used in the "Wild West" period, it remains popular today for cowboy action shooting (CAS) and can also be used in a hunting role. Today, shooters that love single action shooting will find our in-stock line-up of 44-40 ammo for sale on this page.
44-40 ammunition fires a heavy bullet weighing over 200 grains with a muzzle velocity of around 1,200 feet per second. Cowboy loads are typically lower-power loads designed to facilitate rapid accurate fire and use lead nose bullets suitable for steel target shooting.
Winchester and UMC (now part of Remington) were the earliest companies to produce ammo in this caliber. However, other manufacturers including Black Hills, Federal, Magtech, and Hornady also produce .44-40 ammo.
Hornady Cowboy 44-40 Win 205 Grain LFN - 20 Rounds$16.50
Manufacturer Hornady Condition New Bullet Weight 205 Grain Bullet Type Lead Flat Nose Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 44-40 WCF Manufacturer SKU 9075 Shot Material Lead Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 090255390759 Cost Per Round 82.5¢ per round
The 44-40 Winchester was Winchester's first metal cased round and was originally used in their Model 1873 rifle that was incredibly instrumental in shaping the western United States into what it is today. With its incredible power and efficacy, the 44-40 Winchester has taken down more deer than any round in the world except the 30-30 Winchester. When you use this old round, you have everything you need for hunting, cowboy shooting, range training, and more.
Since the end of World War Two, Hornady has been pumping out some of the best ammunition in the world, coming up with some of the most innovative and effective bullet designs we have. Firing at 725 feet per second, these 205 grain, lead flat nose, brass cased, boxer primed rounds are perfect for all your range training needs, as well as taking to your next cowboy action competition and due to their flat point, make easy to score holes in the target.
Black Hills Cowboy Action 44-40 200 Grain RNFP - 50 Rounds$40.90
Manufacturer Black Hills Ammunition Condition New Bullet Weight 200 Grain Bullet Type Lead Flat Nose Use Type match or precision shooting, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 50 Ammo Caliber 44-40 WCF Manufacturer SKU DCB4440N1 Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 612710107001 Cost Per Round 81.8¢ per round
Ammunition from the "Authentic Cowboy Action" line by Black Hills are dependable, soft-recoiling, and legal for cowboy action match use. Each of these .44-40 Winchester rounds carries a 200-grain bare lead bullet with a flat nose and rounded body. This shape facilitates clean insertion into loading ports and cylinders while maintaining safety when multiple rounds are stored in the tube magazine of a lever-action rifle.
The RNFP (round nose flat point) projectile is crimped into a reloadable brass casing which contains a light load of clean-burning powder that is intended to produce of muzzle velocity of around 800 feet per second. The propellant charge receives ignition from a clean-sparking Boxer primer that is free of mercury or other caustic chemicals. Black Hills has been making ammo for nearly four decades and is known around the country for their quality and hand-inspection requirements.