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Old August 10, 2011, 07:51 AM   #1
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Odd cartridges you fell in love with...

can you list a couple odd cartridges you load & or shoot & why you like them???

I'll start...

22 Hornet ( fast twist )...

I got the idea a long time ago, thinking about the 30 carbine, using a faster twist barrel & a heavier bullet... the semi auto carbine action was'nt as conductive to changing, so I thought the Hornet might be a good starting point... I started with a Taurus Raging Hornet I already had, that had a monster 10" full underlug barrel & was so muzzle heavy with the tiny bore, that I didn't shoot it much, even though I liked the Hornet cartridge, I started by removing the barrel, & fitting a 6" Dan Wesson barrel shroud to the big bull... next I chose a chunk of 1 in 9" twist 223 barrel & threaded it to the gun... I started with 40 grain bullets in factory loadings, just to make sure the gun would shoot factory cartridges well... it did, & I moved up in weight as far as 68 grain bullets all with good results... as good as the 6" barrel was shooting, I just had to do the same 1 in 9" twist barrel on a Ruger 77-22 Hornet, & that rifle shoots great as well... I've settled on a 40 grain, 55 grain & 68 grain loading that shoots well in both guns, loading out as far as the rotary mag will accept...

10 mm Magnum...

this started with my Automag 4, & 1000 Starline cases... since I hate crawling around on the ground chasing "any" brass ( & especially custom brass like these ) the Contender barrel seemed a natural... & several years later I picked up a S&W 610 ( shoots 40 S&W & 10 mm with moon clips ) & now 10 mm Magnum as well... this 6" barrel stainless revolver has turned out to be one of my favorite double actions

50-70 Gov.

while maybe not that odd... more like obsolite... I've really grown to love the big bore stuff... I shoot a ton of 45-70... but if I could convert all my 45-70's to 50-70 I probably would... my only gun chambered in that cartridge right now is a custom Martini single shot... but I'm wanting a Contender barrel ( though I'll have to watch load levels ) & or another rifle in the worst way...

I have several others, as I load over 60 different cartridges, but at the risk of boring you guys, I'll stop there & wait to hear what some of your favorite oddballs are...
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Old August 10, 2011, 08:34 AM   #2
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7mm BR, almost every load I have used is under 1 moa and more than half are one hole.

458 socom, with a suppressor and 400+ grain bullet it's silly how much hogs hate it.
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Old August 10, 2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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8x57mm - In the US, this poor cartridge is looked down upon, and has long been cast aside as obsolete. But, the rest of the world, and a few of us in the states recognize its real potential. I blew up my last Mauser in 2008 (intentionally), but I've been longing for a replacement (preferable built on a Ruger M77 Mk II ).

7.62x54R - I can hand load to match the venerable '06, in a rugged rifle that was designed to be beaten, abused, and operated by the lowest common denominator. My M38 makes a great brush gun, but 7.62x54R deserves plenty of respect on its own.

And, of course:
6mm Pedersen - It's a super tight-chambered .243 Winchester, with a standard throat. I love it, because I created it. (Okay, it was sort of also created through a mistake by my gunsmith.)

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Old August 10, 2011, 03:55 PM   #4
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45x3-1/4" Sharps.

Took me forever to figure out what it liked to eat, but it now shoots under MOA using aperature/iron sights w/ a pure lead/600gr paper-patched Ballard over 90gr Fg/10gr 4759.

A modern 45-70 will put it to shame, of course.
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Old August 10, 2011, 03:57 PM   #5
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22 Savage High Power- because I bought a pristine Savage 1899 takedown so chambered.
22 Newton- because I can.
7X57- because I love the ballistics and low recoil. Kills the beasties dead dead dead and just goes POP. I have been thinking about a 7mm BR for pretty much the same reasons for a couple of decades now, but not seriously enough to actually do it. Very economical on powder and performs as well as a 270.
8X57- because there is no reason to burn 5% more powder out of a 30-06 to get the same performance. And because I just have a thing about metric cartridges.

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8mm Rem Mag
375 H&H
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Old August 10, 2011, 05:14 PM   #6
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Old August 10, 2011, 05:56 PM   #7
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Odd cartridges you fell in love with...

For me it's the 9,3x62 Mauser!!!
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Old August 10, 2011, 09:53 PM   #8
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.300 Savage

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Old August 10, 2011, 09:58 PM   #9
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The .30 WCF or .30-30 be cause it's so available and has such a long history. The .22 K-Hornet but it's a very efficient round and just so unique...

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Old August 10, 2011, 10:57 PM   #10
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7.7x58 Arisaka and .375 Winchester.

The cartridges that convinced me to start reloading!
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Old August 10, 2011, 11:06 PM   #11
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.22 Hornet-Does all the local varmits just as well as most of the larger .22 centerfires, but with less recoil and noise.........and is just plain fun to shoot.

.358 Winchester-Decent range and energy for the areas I hunt (I like the heavier bullet, even if it is at lower velocities), and I specifically wanted a bigger bore Elk rifle without "Magum" in the name, or a belted case. I dont mind a bit of recoil, but I don't really enjoy it, and don't need something that will beat me to death just to prove how manly I am.

7.62x54R-Good all around cartridge. From rabbits up to Elk, it does it all. My Mosin Nagant looks like crap, but shoots POA=POI out to about 350 yards, and is pretty versatile when it comes to reloading.

.32 S&W/.32 S&W Long-Really only got involved with these two after getting my SP101 in .327 Federal Mag. Great fun for target practice, and lots of options to reload.............and those little .32 S&W's are so dang cute.

One of these days I would really like to get a Sharps in .45-90, and a 1895 Winchester in .405 Winchester or 7.62x54R.
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Old August 10, 2011, 11:08 PM   #12
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Hello, I never before had come across a cartridge that gave me so much trouble tooling up for, but once all the bugs were worked out.. I really like it & it's FUN..The .236 (6mm) Winchester-Lee navy.
.32 WCF
.25-25 Stevens
.40-50 Sharps B.N.
.40-70 Sharps Straight
.22 Hornet
All the above ctgs. are loaded with cast lead-alloy bullets.
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Old August 10, 2011, 11:20 PM   #13
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25-20 in Remington M-25 pump action

44-90 Sharps Bottleneck - Remington Rolling Block

7.62X38 Rimmed for the Nagant pistol (not good for much but fun to reload and shoot)
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Old August 11, 2011, 06:43 AM   #14
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38-40 and 38-55.
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Old August 11, 2011, 06:51 AM   #15
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43 Spanish 38/55
43 Egyptian 44/40
577-450 Martini 38/40
10.4 Vetelli 32/20
7.62 Nigant 351 Self Loader
50/70 Gvt
8mm Lebel
43 Baumont
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Old August 11, 2011, 07:50 AM   #16
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lots of neat cartridges out there... several of them I reload for as well

right now my retired machinist buddy has talked me into a 6.5 Arisaka carbine he has... we're srill working out the details ( he has 2 die sets, one standard, & one he custom made to the chamber dimensions... appearently they are often quite big... maybe to make them more reliable in muddy conditions ??? but I'm inclined to go with his custom dies to keep from overworking the brass... speaking of which, I think I'll be getting a bunch of cases he made out of 35 remington cases )

one other that has really interested me, & I want to try to do is the 577 Snider... I have a set of loading dies... this same buddy had a carbine with some "other" wood on it, but I ended up selling it for him, as the chamber was bigger than my dies... looking to get a tighter chamber reamer & a couple barrels I was wanting to do a double rifle on a vintage strong side by side 12 gauge I have
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Old August 11, 2011, 07:57 PM   #18
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375 Winchester because it was a beautiful rifle with a cool name; Big Bore. Invested in dies and a lifetime supply of brass. Then I decided it made little sense to shoot a 98% gun with growing collector value, let alone modify it with aperture sights or a scope so my old eyes can see to sight it. Bummer. My one and only safe queen.
45-90 because someone rechambered a black powder rifle marked ".45-70". I'll get my .45-70 Sharps someday but this is fun, if frustrating.
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44-40. I started reloading for it because of the history. It's a quirky cartridge to learn to reload but a piece of cake after you learn the ins and outs of it. It's a real pleasure to shoot and its easy to see why it was so popular for so many years.
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Old August 12, 2011, 12:41 AM   #20
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8mm Rem Mag

Not odd, maybe, certainly rare to see, in this (GA) part of the world anyway - 8mm Remington Magnum.

My brother bought a 700 chambered for it, we load for it, it's a fun gun. We can load 150gr light loads all the way up to 220gr loads that look and feel like a battleship broadside.

It's a very versatile round, shame it never really made it...
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The old faithful 30-30. So much history. I love reloading for and shooting this gun
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These two. Both Martini actions:

577-450 and the .310 Cadet.

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