bullet in a 24 inch barrel. This would mean a muzzle velocity (wonder liow long we are going to work with this somewhat antiquated and highly indefinite term) of about 850 meters, or 2790 feet per second, according to standard calculation. This would mean a muzzle energy of some 4300 foot pounds. Depending on the bullet shape, the performance at 100 meters (110 yards) would be around 2460 feet per second, corresponding to 3350 foot pounds of striking energy. Undoubtedly, this is enough to make even lather big critters "hold their chuckle," as one of my friends put it.
Well, nobody has a gun for this cartridge. We knew it would give a good kick. All I have is a barrel, of cylindrical shape with 1" diameter and somewhat larger at the rear, with a screwed-on breech and firing mechanism. The barrel fits in a machine rest, and the outfit has proven that the thing will shoot. Chronograph screens at a suitable distance seem to bear out that it will turn up the estimated 2790 feet per second. There is a similar barrel for the pressure-gun—but no rifle.
Other bullet weights than the 250 grain? Look gimbugs. here is where I would like to make a suggestion. There is nothing new to the cartridge, although it is a new type for the reason it hasn't been produced by anybody. Ordinarily, a cartridge is loaded with more or less different bullet weights, and the lighter bullets are given a higher velocity. In other words, about the same thing is done, only in different ways. Some people seem to think that a light bullet is perfect for small game, a heavy bullet for big game, regardless of velocity. There are
Wildcat chamber can be cut with flute reamer. Figures are also millimeters.
certain limits as to how far a cartridge can be "loaded down." but within reason it can be done. There is no such thing as a combined bird and moose cartridge, although the medium-class numbers can be stretched quite a bit both ways. Whichever way one looks at it. a certain cartridge can only cover a certain range of uses, and nobody will ever load up my .358 with a very light bullet for small game hunting, or with an even lighter bullet for chucks. It will always remain a short range cartridge for somewhat heavy game, with good brush-bucking qualities, if it ever becomes a popular wildcat.
Instead of loading it with a wide variety of bullet weights, of which only very few can suit the rifling pitch, and all the others have to be more or less compromises, it would be my suggestion to use two different loads with the same bullet weight. Call them "medium" and "strong." or. for better advertising, maybe "strong" and "damn strong." Then use the lowest power where the highest is not needed. If variation in bullets is wanted. I would prefer two bullets of same shape and weight, but with different expansion properties, to be used as best suited the game. This might even make it
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