264 lightning?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Guest, Dec 3, 2004.

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Has anyone ever heard of a 264 Lightning? There is a custom mauser rifle at the local shop chambered for this cartridge. No dies or brass. Gunsmith said he did a chamber cast and it was based of the 30-06 case, I am thinking basically a 6.5-06 improved? cant find any info.

    Gene Cole III
  2. Aussie

    Aussie Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    Genecole ,
    Don't they reckon lightning never strikes the same place twice ? Could be a bad omen . [​IMG]
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest


    You got a point. I have been looking for a couple days now and cant find any info. I think they will have a hard time selling the rifle without any info on the caliber.
    Gene Cole III
  4. Mysticplayer

    Mysticplayer Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    gene, if you can get that chamber cast you can figure out what it is. Just measure the diameter at the shoulder, the distance from the start of the case head to the shoulder and base of the neck. You can then compare to well know wildcats to figure out what you have.

    There are many wildcats that have basically the same dimension but called many things.

    There are only so many ways to modify the /06 case. All common varieties are well documented from the 6.5-06 to the Gibbs. The difference in case capacity is not that great so starting loads can be used.

    Try to see how long that throat is. If the bullet cannot engrave in the lands before leaving the case neck, that rifle will not shoot well. You would have to set back the chamber. At that time, you could cut a more common wildcat chamber.