Re: Question for Kevin Thomas
Sorry for the delay here, but I'm out in Phoenix right now for a match at Ben Avery. Haven't had time to visit the forums the last few days.
Yes, the 300 Win Mag was done for us by Norma. Norma produces good brass dimensionally, but it does tend to run just a bit softer than that which we produce. There's been a lot of interest in the 300 Win Mag over the past year or so, and it's one of the cartridges that they're taking a very close look at right now. As has been mentioned, we don't produce any belted cartridges, and nothing in this head size. It'd be something new for us, and would take a bit more effort and expense than some other cartridge that's based on a case we already produce. Can't promise anything, but they ARE looking at this one. Hang tight, and I'll tell you what's up just as soon as they make some decisions. There was some talk about my going back to Finland for a few weeks to learn production procedures more thoroughly, and I'm sure there'd be some discussion on this if I make the trip.
The 7mm SAUM is still getting many comments and requests, but there's a few others ahead of it in terms of popularity. We've also taken a lot of requests for a 7mm line of match bullets, and I suspect that could be a hand-in-hand proposition if it gets off the ground. Again, can't say for sure which way this one will go, but I doubt that you'll see anything too quickly.
The 300 Ultra, and most of the dedicated hunting rounds in that family simply haven't generated enough interest to justify the tooling expenses it would take to go into production with them. Regardless of a cartridge's potential or capabilities, it still comes down to a simple business decision; is there enough demand to make these items profitably. Right now, it doesn't look like there is, but we'll continue to monitor the interest. So . . . keep the requests coming, and rest assured, we DO take the input seriously. Appreciate it, too!
You guys take care, and I should be back on the boards a bit more next week once I'm back from the trip.