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12.17×42mm RF/12.17x44mm RF
12,17x42mmRF patron
12.17×42mm RF (12,17mm patron m/1867) from the collection of Armémuseum, Stockholm
Type Rifle
Place of origin United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
Service history
Used by Sweden
Bullet diameter .497 inches\12.615 mm
Neck diameter 12.17x42RF - 13.44 mm
12.17x44RF - 13.46 mm
Base diameter 12.17x42RF - 13.93 mm
12.17x44RF - 14.00 mm
Rim diameter 12.17x42RF - 15.94 mm
12.17x44RF - 16.00 mm
Rim thickness 12.17x42RF - 1.68 mm
12.17x44RF - 2.08 mm
Case length 12.17x42RF - 41.2 mm[1]
12.17x44RF - 44 mm[2]
Overall length 12.17x42RF - 51.78 mm
12.17x44RF - 57.38 mm
Primer type Rimfire
Filling Black Powder
Filling weight In Service; 3.89 or 4.09 Grams

12.17x42mm RF and its subvariety the 12.17x44mm RFEdit

Gevär m-1867 Sverige (Typexemplar serienummer 1 - Armémuseum)

Model 1867 Remington rolling block chambered for the 12.17x42mm RF. The picture is of a "gevär m/1867" manufactured in Sweden. Apart from minor external details M1867 rifles made in Norway were identical to those made in Sweden.

12,17x44mmR patron - Armémuseum

12.17x44mm R, rimmed centerfire cartridge

M1867 cartridge

Dimensional drawing of 12.17x44 mm RF, Norwegian rimfire military cartridge

The 12.17×42mm RF rimfire round was developed by a joint Swedish-Norwegian arms commission, and was adopted by the armed forces of both Sweden and Norway in 1867. It was used in the M1867 Remington rolling block rifles adopted as new standard rifles by the armed forces of Sweden and Norway the same year. Large numbers of older rifles, both Swedish muzzle loading Model 1860 and breech-loading Model 1864 and Norwegian breech-loading Kammerlader rifles of various models were also converted to rolling block rifles, chambered for the new standard round.

A lengthened version of the round, the 12.17x44mm RF, was adopted by the Norwegian armed forces in 1871. But the two cartridges were interchangeable, and could thus be fired from the same weapons.

The round, nominally known as 4 Linjers (actual bore diameter 4.1 Swedish decimal lines or 3.88 Norwegian decimal lines, that is 0.41 Swedish or 0.388 Norwegian inches), had a lead bullet 12.615mm (0.497 in) in diameter, with the diameter of the bore, measured between the lands, being 12.17mm (0.479 inches). It used a copper case.

In Swedish service the standard cartridge used a lead projectile (shaped like a Minié ball) weighing 24 gr (370 g). The muzzle velocity fired through a 955mm (37.6 in) rifle barrel was 386 m/s (1,266 ft/s), with a muzzle energy of 1,788 J (1,319 ft/lbf).[3] Fired through a 460mm (18.11 in) carbine barrel the muzzle velocity was 340 m/s (1,115 ft/s), with a muzzle energy of 1,387 J (1,023 ft/lbf).[4]

In Norwegian service early rounds had a cast lead projectile weighting 5.85 kvintin (22.8 gr/352 g) and 1 kvintin (3.89 gr/60 g) of gunpowder. Later rounds had a pressed lead projectile weighting 6 kvintin (23.4 gr/361 g) and the gunpowder load was increased to 1.05 kvintin (4.09 gr/63 g).

There was also a blank round - an ordinary cartridge case loaded with 54 g (3.50 gr) of gunpowder and closed with a cardboard or cork disc.

12.17x44mm R centerfireEdit

A civilian/paramilitary centerfire version of the cartridge, the 12.17x44mm R using a brass cartridge case with the same dimensions as the 12.17x44mm RF, was introduced during the 1870s in both Sweden and Norway.[5] The centerfire cartridge could be fired from both Swedish and Norwegian M1867 military Remington rolling block weapons with only a minor modification, converting the weapon from rimfire to centerfire and vice versa, which could be done by the shooter in the field provided he carried the replacement parts. The advantage of the centerfire cartridge was that spent cases could be reloaded, making centerfire ammunition significantly cheaper to use than rimfire ammunition, so the 12.17x44 mm R also saw extensive use in Swedish paramilitary service, being used by Frivilliga Skarpskytterörelsen ("The Volunteer Sharpshooter Movement"), a voluntary paramilitary organization patterned on the British Volunteer Force and training civilians in the use of arms, with the units raised intended as local defense units (the first such volunteer "sharpshooter" units were raised in Stockholm in 1860, with the total number of active members throughout Sweden reaching 40,000 in 1865;[6] volunteer "sharpshooter" units were armed with military m/1867 rifles modified to use the 12.17x44mm R centerfire cartridge, and wore military style uniforms).

Alternative namesEdit

The 12.17x42mm RF is also known as "12,17mm patron m/1867" and "12x42RF Swedish Remington Model 1867".[7]
The 12.17x42mm RF is also known as "12x44RF Norwegian Remington Model 1871" and "12.7x44RF Norwegian".[8]
The 12.17x44mm R is also known as "12x44R Swedish Remington", ".50 Swedish/Norwegian Remington" and "12.7x44R".[9]


Many Remington Rolling Blocks were converted to use the centerfire 12.17x44R cartridge or rebuilt to shotguns. Many of these guns still exist and are still used by black powder enthusiasts both for competition and hunting. Centerfire 12.17x44R cases are available, but a more cost-effective way to acquire cases is to cut, shape and fire-form .348 Winchester cases.

See alsoEdit


  • Schinke, Carsten (1990). Die leichten schwedischen Infanteriegewehre Armee und Heimwehr. Journal-Verlag Schwendt GmbH. Page 17 and 18.
  • Hanevik, Karl Egil (1998). Norske Militærgeværer etter 1867. Hanevik Våpen. ISBN 82-993143-1-3. Chapter 1 and appendix A
  • Flatnes, Øyvind (2005). Vakre Våpen - Svart Krutt. Landbruksforlaget. ISBN 82-529-2940-0

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