if you could design your own cartridge.....
Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:26 PM
Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:09 PM
I'd take the .45 GAP production dies and melt them down. My ideal cartridge is already in existence, so no need to re-invent the wheel. The 6.5 has taken every animal on the planet. I'd keep my 6.5 x 54 Mannlicher first, or my 6.5 x 55 second...
Are there any existing cartridges that you think were done wrong or could be improved upon?
Posted 14 June 2011 - 07:19 PM
Posted 14 June 2011 - 07:52 PM
Yep, both excellent points & Great ideas for a wildcat. I am a HUGE .277 cal fan, but not sure I would even want to shoot that tiger. I get little pleasure out of shooting my oldest son's lightweight 270 wsm & my shoulder is still sore from shooting it yesterday. Can you imagin what a wuss I would be with a .277/375? LOL While I have toyed with the idea of a wildcat for many years, including a 20/250, I really am not a fan of wildcats. I just figure there are too many excellent commercial rounds available without all that extra time, $$ & energy needed for a wildcat, & that will likely give little to no (practical) advantage over it's commercial peer. They're just not worth it to me, in other words.However, everyone should have a project &/or hobby that brings them pleasure, and if a wildcat round does that for them, then that is exactly what that individual should be doing of course. Different strokes for different folks. It's all good as they say. lolIf I had to guess what dia bullet I would build a wilcat on, it might be a .20, 224, 243, 264 or .277. Not sure what cases I would use. The 270 wsm case is a great one IMO, & may work for a .243 dia? Good ThreadFrank
I'll start out with one that I think Winchester really messed up on. The .25 wssm. They call it a magnum but it barely reaches 25-06 velocities. If I had my way I'd ditch the squatty little wssm case and make a real .257 caliber magnum out of it by using the larger wsm case. If you're gonna call it a magnum then make it a magnum!The second one I would love to do is take the .375 ruger case and neck that bad boy down to .277 caliber. I'm thinking, something that beats .270 Weatherby velocities without the high ammo cost.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 07:53 PM
You mind if I throw in the ruger compact magnum line and the .308 Marlin express while you have the smelter fired up?
I'd take the .45 GAP production dies and melt them down.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 09:27 PM
Posted 14 June 2011 - 11:24 PM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:55 AM
Oh, the wildcat you need is a .300 Whelen.
I would make a .30 caliber, that could be loaded light enough for small game if desired, but yet heavy enough to take down anything in North America. I would also make it available in ANY gun store, most hardware stores, and even many retail stores. The recoil would be tolerable, the powder selection would be large, and the bullet selection even larger. It would be the standard by which all new calibers are judged, and would stand the test of time by lasting for a hundred years or more. I think I would call it............. the .30-06........ I have nothing against wildcats, but what's the use of reinventing a wheel that rolls perfectly fine already? Just seems that all that money spent on custom dies, barrels, reamers, etc. could be put to way more use towards hunting with. But, again, I'm just a simple man with a simple plan K.I.S.S.
Posted 14 October 2011 - 10:33 AM
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:37 PM
I like hot rods, can you tell? I hate the term "overboard". As far as I can tell that it just something that a guy who shoots a .250 savage can say to knock his buddies .257 Weatherby. Is the .250 more efficient, heck yeah, but the .257 is a superior big game hunting round no matter how "overbored" it is. A WSM case behind a .257 cal bullet shouldn't be any harder on a barrel than a .257 Weatherby. My .277x.375 Ruger creation may be a bit worse but a hunter should still get plenty of years out of a barrel.
Both the necked down WSM and Ruger cases would be seriously overbored and eat barrels like Wifezilla goes through cookies. The Remington SAUM necked down to 257 would be a good compromise.
Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:33 PM
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 07:19 PM
Something between .224 and .243 caliber? That would be interesting.
I would like to design a non lead 233 thats worth a darn.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:01 AM
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