The Forgotten Cartridges

Discussion in 'Reloading Forum (All Calibers)' started by davery25, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. davery25

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    Hey guys,

    Care to share your favourite cartridges that have been 'forgotten' over the decades.

    I know the 225 winchester is one, and for me personally, it has to be the 6.5x55 swedish. Give it another 100 years and it'll be entirely confined to history books and collectors. Not even Ruger or Winchester chamber it anymore here in Australia. The 8mm Mauser is another in the same class.
     
  2. bozo699

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    22 hi-power
    .303 savage
    .250-3000 savage
    .300 savage
    I have these old relics.
    Wayne.
     
  3. Kenny474

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    I am quite fond of the .300 Savage as well, as I have an old Savage Model 99 in .300 Savage that shoots wonderfully and is quite accurate with just an old Williams peep sight. Great little round that is very effective on deer yet easy on the shoulder and the barrel as well. I feel it's a much better round than the 30-30 yet it doesn't get half the attention I hardly ever take it out for fear of damaging it, as my grandfather left it to me when he passed.

    That's definitely something Savage should bring back, a Model 99 in .300 Savage. One of the best lever-guns ever made.

    The .222 is another one of my favorites and is a much better round than the .223 for short range work, yet it is nearly forgotten now. It's very easy to load for, capable of scary accuracy and barrels will last for thousands of rounds. It has so much to recommend it, yet it takes a back seat to the .223 for reasons I don't understand.
     
  4. CJ6

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    218 Bee, It's a nice quiet Meat/Pest getter in a lever. I like mine.
     
  5. bozo699

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    Kenny,
    I agree with everything you said except for the shoulder part, my 99 in .300 savage kicks like hell ::) LOL but I like shooting it.
    Wayne.
     
  6. cfvickers

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    6.5x55 will never die as long as I (or my children if I can help it) are still alive. It is in my opinion the finest cartridge ever designed. I like velocity as much as anyone, but I have killed enough deer with the 6.5x55 to understand that if you remain within any reasonable range it is as capable as any out there.
     
  7. Kenny474

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    Well, it's quite gentle when compared to my .500S&W Handi Rifle with hot loads and heavy bullets. It does still have some kick, but it's tolerable. It's not what I'd give to a kid for a first rifle, but not too bad either.
     
  8. mikecockcroft

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    The 250-3000 Savage is my pet cartridge.
    Have two Rugers made in the early 80's, one is a ultra light weight and other is a standard stock and barrel.
    Had a custom 250-3000 AI built on a Rem 700 with a Hart barrel. If I had to give up all my rifles except one this is the one i would keep.
    Now if I could find an old Savage 99 in 250-3000 that I could afford, I would be in heaven.
     
  9. cfvickers

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    I am also a fan of the 250-3000. Amazing potential for such a small case. 45/70 is one of my favorites, it was getting pretty obscure prior to recent years. Of course the 6.5x55 as well. I guess those are my favorite older cartidges.
     
  10. LHill22250

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    Kenny,

    Oh yes, the old .223 made so ever popular by the US Military & the millions of weapons designed around this cartridge not to mention the billions of rounds of ammo available for cheap prices. I would take a .222 over a .223 in a heart beat.

    The other 2 cartridges I would like to add to this post are the .224 & .240 Weatherby.. These 2 may not have ever been wide scale enough to now be considered a forgotten cartridge but you do not see many of them running around.

    LH
     
  11. Bulseyetom

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    Gotta put my vote in for the old 7x57 Mauser. My 107 year old Model 93 went back into action last fall and dropped an antelope with one shot at 175 yards using a 140 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip and Marble receiver sight. I killed my first deer with that rifle in 1965 and begged my father to get me a Springfield "06 as I thought I was undergunned! I used the 175 grain round nose bullets in those days. I was eleven when I started hunting with it and in all reality, I could have stayed with it and never known the difference. Tom
     
  12. 357Mag

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    Forgotten Cartridges

    Davery -

    .250-3000 and even the stellar .35 Remington.

    Regards,
    357Mag
     
  13. favload

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    Well, the old 10Ga. and even more rare 8 Ga. shotguns are very fun guns to own/shoot. Yes, you don't need them today with modern 12Ga. ammo but if you have never shot a 3.5" 10Ga. 2oz slug or OOOBuck you are missing out on one of the pleasures of life.
    I will quote an old move" when you need it and don't have it, you sing a different tune"
     
  14. jonbearman

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    My favorite old cartridge is tha first 155 howitzer I got on my 16th birthday.Why heck my dad and me went on our first pdog hunt in 1964 and shot well over a hundred with one round at a modest 13 mile's.How's that for a load of #$@*! Just thought I would give evryone a wake up smile! My all time favorite is the .38 special.Just plain fun! And the .218 bee,.303 savage which incidently was a favorite of turn of the century maine guides.I have one and although brass is expensive it is a joy to fire and fairly healthy. I have only 3 of my savage 99's left and will never sell them,one of the finest rifles in the world.
     
  15. jonbearman

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  16. mydaddyty1

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    It's duce,duce and duce! The other is 257 Bob :D
     
  17. 358NormaMag

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    Well I would have to say the 358 Norma Magnum, just the thing for Samba in Aussie scrub.
     
  18. Joe O

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    NOT FORGOTTEN,BUT I LIKE THE 45LC,45ACP,38SPL,30-06,243,243AI,20ACKLEY BEE(30DEG SHOULDER).I HAVE ALL BUT THE 30-06.NOT IN THE FUTURE DUE TO AGE AND ,MOSTLY,NEED.
     
  19. boltman13

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    Well I love my 257 Roberts on a 98 Mauser action. Liked it much better than a 243 for deer. It hits with much more authority and about the same recoil. The 7X57 Mauser also is a great round especally with modern premium bullets. About the only way to get either one now is to rebarrel or go custom.
     
  20. dreever

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    Don't forget the 30-30 it's taken more deer than any of the others! When a teenager (just after the first ice age!LOL!) I had a lever action Marlin I think it was a 336C or something in 35 Remington. That was my deer rifle for many years.
    Wish I would have kept it to give to my son.

    Danny
     

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