Are The Wildcat's Dead

Discussion in 'Firearms & Ammunition' started by Boyd Brooks, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. bilmcc

    bilmcc AH Enthusiast

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    It seems 22 hornet is pretty rare. 257 Roberts, 35 Rem and 358 Win are not dead yet, although beasts who receive their charges are. I am having a set-trigger 8mm-06 resuscitated. Not much about that anywhere, although it seemed to be popular after the War.
     
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    22/6mm AI, 6.5/300 WSM, 240 Gibbs, 270 Gibbs, 280 AI, 8.5 Reb, 358/300 RUM,348 AI, 416 Taylor 338-06, and a 9.3/300 WSM. I kind of like Wildcats
     
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    For reloaders the issue is not that a particular cartridge is discontinued/unavailable. The issue is: Is there a source of brass that can be formed to the desired shape? As such a prospective rifle should be chambered for a case formed from the "main" basic cases. There are a few exceptions where a non-main case size is so common that supply is not an issue (30-30, 6.5x55 & recently 404 & 416) but the preponderance of cartridges have one of three base diameters (parent cases .223, 30-06, 300Mag). There are factory and modified cases that have different base diameters but as munition companies trim their production costs, these different sizes tend to be the first ones eliminated.
     

  4. Don458

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    Not alone. 22 hornet , 250 savage,300 savage . 8x72R 50-70 And i use a single shot 10 gauge for turkeys and a parker 16 gauge for everything else with feathers . But i own about 6 12 gauge in all different configurations .I am looking for a 9.3x64 brenneke, may have it built by cz.
     

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    Von Gruff,
    What velocity do get with your 400 Lee Speed? And with what powders?

    I ask because I load 400 grain Woodies in my .405 WCF and get just under 2100 fps out of my Winchester 1895 .405.
     

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    I'm very familiar with how it works. I've owned and reloaded for and cast for and swaged for at least 37 different calibers since 1968. Many have been somewhat obscure calibers for shooting in old antique arms. It can be a hassle. There simply are no more significant ballistic niches to fill but human is what it is. Those who do not reload are the most affected by the pre-mature obscurity of many of these market hyped calibers. But even reloaders can get into a bind having to really scrounge for correctly head stamped brass if needed and/or spending $2-3 or more per case for some. DIY forming decent, usable brass for many calibers is easier said than done and mixing and matching headstamps is a practice I will leave to others, not to mention the possibility of legal requirements for the traveling hunter.
     

  7. Von Gruff

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    I have been shooting the 320gn Cast bullet from a mould I had made
    I can take it to 2250 with H335 at 36K psi but in the main I shoot a plinking load of blue dot for 1600fps ! 18K psi and a bucket full of fun.
     
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  8. Jay Bucher

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    Gillettehunter I think you will love the 6.5 SS. I have a 6.5 Sherman. It great round. Shoots 140 @ 3100-3150 and not hard on brass.

    Jay
     

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    `I have this FN commercial single shot action with a jeager trigger built into a 220swift imp, in the 50,s. I use it for groundhogs and crows, loading it under max at 3800 fps using a 52 gr HP bullet. it will shoot bug holes if you are up to it and it weights in at 11 lbs.

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  10. Boyd Brooks

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    I bet you pick up your quarry in two different spots with a dead centre hit!
     

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