A certain gentleman hereabouts has been posting little known (unknown to me) prototypes of Colts. Wonder about the Colt .400 Magnum? Is there/does he have such a critter?
I'd be interested in what forum this was on because I DIDN'T write the article, in fact the 1st time I ever heard of this gun is in this posting.It is this to which I refer, an article on another forum by Jim Martin:
What many don’t realize though, is that a third middle-bore magnum almost came to be.....namely, the .400 Colt Magnum.
There isn’t a lot of history on the cartridge, other than the fact that it was devised in the early 1960’s. As I understand it, Bob Roy of Colt originally modified .30-30 cases to create the .400 Magnum, and Winchester latter provided loaded prototypes. I was fortunate enough to obtain two of these and found the headstamps to read “W-W, 400”. Both are issued with what appears to be the same 200 grain soft nose bullets that Winchester used in the .38-40. Also, one of the cases is grooved, while the other is not. In terms of its dimensions, the .400 is quite similar to both the the .401 Powermag and .41 Remington Mag as illustrated below: