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Not the furry kind!

I have yet to break away from the factory cartridges, is there a true _unfulfilled_ ballistic niche that isn't covered by one?

It would seem that the thing with Americans is that there is always somebody who will say, "I can do it better!". This is GREAT! But...

Is there a wildcat cartridge that is TRUELY unique in it's performance?

While questioning the "need" for ANY wildcat, I will say that my current favorites would be the .22 K-Hornet, .338-06, the .375 JDJ, the 6.5mm-06, most of the PO Ackleys and anything from Gary Reeder! It's worth pointing out that Swift is loading for the .338-06 and this gives it some legacy. Is Weatherby producing a factory rifle in .338-06?

Is there any real reason for "Wildcats"?
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You know, I have two in mind that I wouldn't mind playing with at all. Both handgun cartridges.

One would be the quivalent of the .224 BOZ, which is something like a 10mm necked down to a .224 bullet.

The other would be the equivalent of a .50 AE Short. .50 diameter 325 grain bullet in a short case pushing the project at around 850 fps.

I contacted someone about perhaps doing a custom handgun for me in either one of those calibers but never heard back from him.

Oh well.....

As for rifle wildcats, heck something like a .50 BMG necked down to .30 caliber would be fun. :)
 

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In my opinion, the spectrum was filled in 1950 with the .222 Remington. That said, wildcats are fun. I've built two .22-06 rifles (not very practical), several 8mm-06 rifles (a little better than the 8X57) and a .338-06 (nice, but I have no need for it). Notice the trend of parent cartridge. I've thought about a .375-06 improved, but haven't gone beyond thinking about it.

The .50 BMG idea might be a good one, but I'd rather get a large case down to a .284 where there are several VLD bullets available.

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I have a Interarms Mark X chamber in 375x338 mag. I built this rifle from a Interarms Mark X action with Douglas barrel and did the chambering, headspacing,bluing and fitted finshed and bedded the stock. Shoots better than I. Have hunt Elk several times and I am very fond of this rifle. Ammo in easily made from 338 mags necked up to 375dia.
 

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I am thinking of having my AR15 rechambered for the .223 Ackley Improved.
 
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I love the AR15/M16. i have several in various calibers. .300 whisper, 6x45mm, 7.62x45mm, and .45 win mag. they are really great for such tinkering with calibers.
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I've got the .50 Beowulf upper on one of my ARs. Damn big hole at the end of that barrel!

I wrote to Armalite a while back and asked them to make an upper for their AR-10 in 22-250. They said they can't keep up with orders as it was, so they didn't seem interested in that combo. I have one of their .243 AR-10s and it is VERY accurate.

I wouldn't mind something like a .223 necked down to .17 in an upper.

Along a different line, I remember seeing the .50BMG necked down to .375 or something like that. Seems you would have a lot of experimentation possibilities with that big case.

Now what I would really, really, REALLY like to see is the 20mm necked down to .50 caliber!
 
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