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Posted: August 04 2018 at 5:42am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Just in .22 Centerfire cartridges, there is a different one for almost every day of the year.

A .222 or .223, seem like a more useful round, and with the right combination of powders and bullets will work for almost any function one needs of that caliber.

Hodgdon has reduced load data for several of the most popular rifle cartridges using Trail Boss powder.
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Yes there are many cartridges that have no place, and there are many that died off that were actually very good ideas. A lot of this is due to ammo and gun manufacturers wanting proprietary cartridges with their names on them or altered slightly to fit in particular actions. Also wildcatters tweaked cartridges for very specific purposes, but people wanting a cartridge for the same purpose were glad to have them.

The .223 is very popular but that is solely due to the firearms it's used in. In reality it's not that great of a cartridge.

While it is possible to take the largest capacity case and load it down to the level you want, that isn't always the best route from a ballistic viewpoint.
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No cartridge really dies as long as a hand-loader gets a
good deal on a rifle or hand gun and can get some sort of
dies set up .............
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Posted: August 05 2018 at 5:33am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Cast bullets and the .30-06, or some of the little sabot bullets. Not much that won't do.
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Posted: August 05 2018 at 5:41am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

John Van Gelder wrote:
Cast bullets and the .30-06, or some of the little sabot bullets. Not much that won't do.


This. I've dabbled in handloading my whole life. I'm a die hard gun nut who wants at least one of everything and I like obscure stuff too, but after all the reading and thinking and developing goes on and the smoke clears, the good ol' .30-06 is still the best thing going for how well it does a wide range of things and how long it's been doing it. Odd that a guy like me would be such a fan of something that is for the masses and most popular thing going, but no question about it, if I could only have one rifle, it would be a bolt action .30-06.

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Posted: August 05 2018 at 6:04am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Back when the .41 magnum was introduced, a life long friend of mine came up with this comment. Another new cartridge, now we need something to fill the aching gap between the .22 short and the .22 long.

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