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P.O. Ackley and other WildCat Guru's Books?

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Old 07-16-2004, 02:18 PM
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P.O. Ackley and other WildCat Guru\'s Books?

I am interested in learning about improvements to cartridges made by P.O. Ackley and other Wildcat Guru types. Anybody know of any good books I can learn from? Is there a 300WM Ackley improved? I will be rebarreling and customizing my Sako 75 SS this winter. I would likely stick to 300WM so I can use Lapua brass but I just might go to a 300WM Ackley improved if there is such a thing. [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]
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Old 07-16-2004, 05:29 PM
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Re: P.O. Ackley and other WildCat Guru\'s Books?

Last time I looked, the Ackley books were reprinted and offered by Sinclair. This would be a good place to begin. However, since the developement of the "Improved" cartridge, many new powders and bullets have been offered and the load possibility is most mind boggling.
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Old 07-16-2004, 07:09 PM
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You should also be able to do some free research on your pc... Might not be everything you're looking for, but hey, it's FREE.
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Old 07-17-2004, 09:04 AM
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In P.O. Ackleys books he speeks of several "improved" 30 cal mags , I believe though that most if not all of them are based off of the 300 H&H mag. Their are dozens of them , I'm sure that one is very close to the 300 Win case , I know that Midway offers a reamer for the 300 Win improved. I'm not to certain how much you would gain performance wise by improving the 300 case as it is prettymuch overbored already , you may be ablle to get a little more velocity and maybe longer case life but I'm not to sure it would realy be worth the hassel.
What are you intending to use this gun for? and are you dead set on the 30 cal's ?
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Old 07-17-2004, 12:41 PM
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I am dead set on 30 cal. I'm doing a rebarrel this winter and I am just tossing around the Idea of improving the 300WM cartridge. I could simply go to a 300RUM but I would not be able to use Lapua brass and I think I would be looking at a fair increase in recoil. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Did a Google search on Ackley and couldn't find a bio or any info on his idea's.

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Old 07-18-2004, 01:55 AM
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Here is some biographical material:


Handbook for Shooters & Reloaders Volume I & II
by P.O. Ackley
The author, P.O. Ackley, has been associated with the developement of high velocity "wildcat" cartridges for over a quarter of a century, and is one of the formost authorities on "wildcat" cartridges. He is also a well known rifle barrel maker and custom rifle builder.

P.O. Ackley is a native of Granville, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University, Magna cum laude, in 1927 and entered the full-time gunsmith business in Roseburg, Oregon in 1936. This enterprise flourished, but in 1942 war work beckoned and he became attached to the Ordnance Department and was with the small arms section in Ogden, Utah, until 1941.

He re-established his gunshop at Trinidad, Colorado in 1945 and had one of the largest custom gun shops in the nation. He was instructor in theory of gunmaking and metallurgy at Trinidad State Junior College in 1946 to 1951, and carried on extensive experimental work at the college and in his own shop which had been incorporated in 1947.

Mr. Ackley has been a regular contributor of magazine articles. He is a member of the Technical staff of "Guns & Ammo" and is the Gunsmithing Columnist of "Shooting Times". He has built a reputation for "always telling the truth" in his writings.

His line of "wildcat" cartridges represents superlative engineering and unfailing adherence to standards of uncompromising quality. They are, in fact, no longer true "wildcats", for they have been accepted by the shooting public and have proven themselves in game fields all over the world.

Ackley rifle barrels have been in constant demand over the years not only for experimental work but by other custom rifle makers who proudly advertise "Barrels by Ackley". Experimenters almost unfailingly call on P.O. Ackley for their exacting demands in rifled tubes, knowing that through them will be delivered the last potential of their ideas. Many of his barrels have been used in experiments which have resulted in the success of our missle program.

The author's opinion of the various "wildcat" cartridges is given in the description of each cartridge as it is found in this book. This opinion is based on many years of experience. However, this is personal opinion and should be considered as such.

Paul W. Cox, 1962
Mr Ackley died in 1989 at the age of 86.
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Old 07-18-2004, 12:16 PM
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Thanks for the info CG. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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