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Wildcat Cartridge Series - 338x57 MAI
Old 12-21-2004, 11:30 AM
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Default Wildcat Cartridge Series - 338x57 MAI

Well, I had to start a thread on this "off-spring" designed by Gitano & yours truly. While not a 'super magnum' we are both of the opinion that it does find a place in the scheme of things.
I do not have a scanner so I will not be able to post the results of "Load From A Disk" but I hope to have these results scanned and posted soon.

How did this particular cartridge come about? During one of our many discussions Paul and I discussed a 338 caliber cartridge that would fit/function well in one of the many surplus Mauser actions available today. I had remembered reading a number of years ago about a cartridge designed by gunsmith Charles M. O'Neil in the late 1940's or early '50s. It was called the .33-50 O'Neil or the .33 Mauser. O'Neil was also one of the designers of the .333 OKH which was a popular wildcat in its day. If you are interested in the history of this wildcat or many of the other wildcat designs I urge you to purchase "Wildcat Cartridges" by Ken Waters.

Paul is/was of the opinion that the 200-210 grain quality bullets would be the best combination of velocity/bullet weight for most of the animals hunted in Alaska, excluding the Brown & Polar bears.

I am still in the process of completing rifles in this caliber for Paul and I. Pics will be posted when they are completed. Paul and I do not expect hunters/shooters will be "standing in line" to have a rifle built in this caliber/cartridge. In fact, there may only be two in existance when all is said and done. After all....."you don't throw the baby out with the bath water", do you?

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