We were sitting around the club yesterday, discussing Old West stuff. The visual idea of the single rifle cartridge in a revolver belt came into discussion. We've all seen it.
I had read somewhere, years ago, that the single rifle carrtidge in a revolver belt was a counting device. When the pistolero felt behind him for extra ammo, he knew that he had a particular number of cartridges left in the belt. Probably six, or one full reload.
One of the fellows, Sinister Sal, said that he'd like a rifle cartridge to put in his belt, so I volunteered to make some.
Those are dummy rounds, but just exactly what I used to shoot in my Sharps rifle. .45-70, with the big Lee 459-500-3R bullet. With a case full of Ffg, a grease wad, and a calm day, that load would group just under an inch at 100 yards when I did my part. These, of course, are dummy's with no primer nor propellant. They should do just fine as cowboy props.