Sorry for the question that may be obvious to some but can anyone tell me what classifies a cartridge as a wildcat cartridge?
One that has not been standardized by SAAMI, or another body, with set dimensions and pressures. Typically a wildcat is also a round for which the major ammunition companies do not load.Sorry for the question that may be obvious to some but can anyone tell me what classifies a cartridge as a wildcat cartridge?
Yep, that is a wildcat by any measure! But...but...WHAT IS IT?! Tell us! You can't give the quintessential description of an absolute wildcat w/o divulging what the end result is! We need pictures and names and group sizes...c'mon!Many years ago I called a reamer maker. I then faxed a hand drawing with dimensions.
In my conversation I told the reamer maker that I was going to use a specific case and gave him the wall thickness of that specific case.
For two weeks he an I spoke and e-mailed blue prints back and forth until one day he and I agreed. When I received the approved print and signed off on it, I then sent that print to a die maker. AT a point in the future I received a reamer and the die for the new chamber.
A chamber was cut in a barrel blank. The chamber is completely different from the parent case and resemble nothing made today or any day. Cases were kind of made. I loaded the case with 20 grains of Unique and filled the case with cream of wheat,stopping at the case neck. I then stuffed toilet paper in the neck to keep the cream of wheat in place.
I then took my pre-partially formed cases and gun with new chamber to the range where I proceeded to fire form the case in the new chamber.
Load data: Mathematically determine the case volume and compared that volume with cartridges of similer volume. Began working up loads (started at minimum safe load) until pressure signs appeared. Backed down and took a 3 piece (case) sample and started reloading the same three cases and firing time after time to determine case life.
In the purest sense of the word- this qualifies as a wildcat!
Perhaps this might help, it's a quote from an article on useful Wildcat Cartridges by Chuck Hawks:Sorry for the question that may be obvious to some but can anyone tell me what classifies a cartridge as a wildcat cartridge?