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Rob's report is accurate but that still does not mean that "long Colt" is proper terminology today.

The absolute arbiter of this is the SAAMI manual which simply says... ".45 Colt"... although sometimes the period seems to wander.

Colloquial usage coined the term "long Colt" in a time when the U.S. had two .45 caliber revolver cartridges. The "short" version also called the .45 S&W or .45 Schofield was intended to be useable in either Colt or S&W revolvers and simplify logistics but is totally irrelevant today.

Dean's recalcitrance aside, .45 Colt is the proper nomencalture.
 
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