Certainly not... To consider what it originally was would require black powder.
Certainly glad our ancestors didn't leave well enough alone either. Many fine cartridges came from those willing to branch out and think outside the box.
The 38-40 is our only production 10mm rimmed cartridge. It can (and should) be loaded mild to wild. There is a staggering number of bullets available that our ancestors didn't have. The Lee Collet Crimp Die makes them all perfect candidates.
This being said, to each his own. These experiments I've done with the 38-40 have been the most interesting big bore revolver project I've ever performed. I have no intention of stopping now.
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2019 18:12:05 GMT -5 by encore64