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Old 09-12-2010, 01:46 PM
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Anyone ever seen or know anything about this type wildcat? Seems like it would act like a 348win.
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:18 PM
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7.62x54R brass sure is expensive to be basing a wildcat on it. I would be happy to own a .358 Winchester instead.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:47 PM
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Actually, it sounds like a common-sense way to clean up a pitted old .311" bore and help it shoot well again, but these days if you can find someone who will do the work at all, it winds up costing more than buying a new barrel or an entirely new gun. As far as 7.62x54R brass being expensive, you can buy reloadable ammunition for $1/round from quite a few different places, so it's not bad at all. In fact, many wildcats use much more difficult to find and expensive brass than these.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:12 PM
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Should work fine if you have the money to make it happen.....

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:55 PM
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Interesting idea, another good possiblity would be .338 wildcat.

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Old 09-13-2010, 02:25 AM
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Interesting idea, another good possiblity would be .338 wildcat.

The poor man's 338 Marlin Express! My first thought was .323" (8mm) but I think you're right, CD...338 would be better.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:15 AM
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I'm sure that case has been necked up and down over the years. I think it was the Finn's who had a target round based on that case in 6.5 cal. Also P.O. Ackley made a career on wildcatting the similar .348 Win. case. It's a good idea, I'd like it based on a Siamese Mauser action though. HD1

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Old 09-14-2010, 10:02 AM
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Go look at the specs for the .35win - my personal favorite "rimmed .35" to go in the 1895 Winchester lever action rifle. What prompted the question? The rifle you want to use? The brass you want to "use up"? The caliber?

Not enough case capacity to "act like a .348" IMHO - 59gr water v/s 76.5gr in the .348 case. I second the motion for "358win" for versitle caliber. Now that .338 flex-tips are available for reloading, I'm leaning more and more toward the .33win in my 1886s. Making brass from .45-70 for the .33 is way-cheep....

I'd go with the .35-348win wildcat if I didn't have three .33wins just waitin' for a cool flex-tip load....

Try "The Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions" by John J. Donnelly to see just how many wonderfully weird ideas have been tried. It's one of my favorite resources, and well-worth the read.

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