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is the 7wsm dead?

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Unread 01-29-2013, 07:32 PM
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Re: is the 7wsm dead?

Originally Posted by Iron Worker View Post
I heard it was from some kind of Lawsuit from a gun writer in shooting times magazine. Some people called him a traitor ! Can't remember his name.
He is Rick Jameson.

Some years ago I was reading his reloading column in Shooting Times mag. He was at that time writing about cartridges (made from cut-down 404 Jeffries brass I think). This must have been around 2000.

Later in 2002 or 2003 both Winchester and Remmy came out with their own "short mags" and Jameson sued and won. As a result of the judgement, Winchester closed its' doors and both win and Remmy were eventually sold to other company s with deeper pockets.

The shooting community judged Jameson as greedy so he lost his ST writing column and also his brass company.

And this is the short version!

I think the point that the court missed is that rifle makers have been chambering each others' cartridges for 100 years. .308 Rem vs .243 Win. And the list continues...
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Unread 01-29-2013, 10:15 PM
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Re: is the 7wsm dead?

Thanks for the info on Jamison. Searching on his name I was able to find a bunch of stuff out on the Internet including the blow by blow from the patent infringement trial.

However I did not find any legal distinction between any of the WSMs that would explain why the 7mm WSM is the poor stepchild. From what I can see any royalties paid would apply to them all. Thus the mystery remains.

Nevertheless, I'm glad somebody invented it as it seems to be a fine cartridge - especially when you set it up where big bullets don't steal case capacity. Also, I like that it headspaces on the shoulder and I can stick the barrel on a short action or long depending on what I'm doing with it.
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