Forlorn and Forgotten Cartridges

I have always liked the obscure and unusual. Not weird, mind you, but off the beaten path. No, not flip flops to church different, but driving the back way because there is less traffic different. ‘Is it faster?’ they ask and I say I don’t know, didn’t care to check. Obscure and unusual cartridges have always interested me, too. It all started with a rifle from World War II. Arisaka Type 38 originally in 6.5X50 chambering or 6.5 Jap. I say originally, because it had been TB 25wildcatted to 6.5X.257 Roberts. No one told me that when I bought it from the pawnshop. Luckily, I’m still here to talk about it. I eventually took it to an old gunsmith who remembered the popularity of wildcatting the Japanese rifle back in the 50’s and he filled me in. 6.5 Jap ammo was hard to get, so gunsmiths reamed the chamber out to fit the .257 Roberts case necked up to 6.5 mm. That led me to buying a Winchester Model 70 in .257 Roberts. Real popular cartridge in the 40’s and 50’s but hard to find now. Great mid-size cartridge and fun to reload. My wife killed two pronghorns with that cartridge. One shot kills at 200 yards or so. I then bought a 6.5 Remington Magnum for my dad. Short action and handy, with lots of power. A .222 Remington soon followed. Not .223 but .222. It was a very popular bench rest competition cartridge in the 50’s and 60’s. My latest acquisition: 6.5 Creedmoor.TB6.5 The most accurate rifle and cartridge I own. Not very popular, though. That’s the downside to different. Popularity means lots of components or ammo. I eventually sold the 6.5 Remington Magnum due to reloading issues and ammo shortages. The Creedmoor could follow suit someday. But, the romance of some of the offbeat, forgotten cartridges is very appealing. .250 Savage, or .250/3000 as it was originally called, fun stuff. .257 Weatherby, .222 Remington Magnum, .264 Winchester Magnum, 6mm Remington, 6.5 Swede, 7X57 or .220 Swift. Fun cartridges. AR platform cartridges such as .300 Blackout or 6.5 Grendel interest me, too. Sure, I own a .270 Winchester and a 30-06. Boring stuff. .223 Remington and .300 Winchester Magnum, too. Yawn. Offbeat, obscure, forlorn and forgotten cartridges for me. Try one. You might like it.

Tracy Bates

My passions are my family and my church. The good Lord has blessed me with an understanding wife and sons. My other loves are reloading and hunting. I’ve been doing both for over 30 years. Hopefully, I can share my experiences with you and help you on your journey.

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