Re: P.O. Ackley and other WildCat Guru\'s Books?
Here is the condensed version of the longer explanation that I had written before a freak storm took out the town's electricity.
P.O. Ackley's 2 book set is available from Brownells, Midway and E.A. Brown & Co. as well as the already mentioned Sinclair's.
Wildcat Cartridges Vol. I&II from Wolfe Publishing
The Handloaders Manual of Cartridge Conversions by Donnelly (there is a revised version available through Midway).
The Gunsmiths Book of Chamber Prints by Dave Kiff
This thought of 'improving' the 300 Win. Mag. is a little wasteful since the only thing that will change with any significance will be the shoulder angle and it will come at the high cost of a new reamer and more expensive dies. The gain will be very close to nil compared to the original cartridge. Besides, the 300 Win. Mag. has been very accurate and successful in its original form since it was introduced.
The one drawback to the 300 Win. Mag. is the short neck. But that can fixed by taking a look at the wildcat 30-338 Win. Mag. This is merely the .338 Win. Mag. necked down to accept the 30 cal. bullets. It is competition proven for accuracy and efficiency.
Some wildcats to consider:
30 BooBoo (8x68S necked down and improved by Dave Tooley)
30-416 Rigby (have to check bolt diameter for rim size)
300 Jarrett (8mm Rem. Mag. necked down by
300 WBY Ackley/300 H&H Ackley
308 Baer (300 WBY/300 H&H, 8mm Rem., 340 WBY)
and about a dozen more that get shot at the 1000 yd. benchrest matches.
Just a couple of observations.
Because of the incredible improvements in barrels, bullets and mostly powders, these cartridges are not now considered overbore. With proper load development, these new powders burn very efficiently.
As much as we all admire the Lapua and Norma brass for consistancy, they are not the end-all of cartridge manufacturing. I wouldn't dream of abandoning a project just because brass wasn't made by either of them. There are a couple of high quality brass extruders in the U.S. that make a wide variety of cartridge brass at reasonable prices. Then there is RWS and Dieter Horneber in Germany. You can't just call them up and expect to get an order in a few days but if you plan ahead, the 6 to 8 week lead time will fly. The quality of their brass is at the very top of manufacturing. A selection of their brass is also available through Huntingtons.
[ 07-18-2004: Message edited by: Crispin Goodall ]