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Wildcat Cartridges That Went Legit

Hundreds of wildcat cartridges have come and gone through the years-some with ridiculous names and others with little ballistic benefit over factory offerings. But a few have offered real advantages and gone mainstream. Here, a veteran handloader reminisces about some of his favorites.

A Worthwhile Wildcat: The .250 Savage Ackley Improved

The .250 Savage Ackley Improved wildcat cartridge offers remarkable downrange performance from a small package, boasting excellent external and terminal ballistics with minimal propellant usage, long case and barrel life, and modest recoil.

Create Your Own Cartridge

Ever wanted to create a cartridge? Here's your chance.

7 mm Merrill

In the heyday of handgun metallic silhouette matches, Wiley Clapp was determined to create an accurate long-range cartridge with a flat trajectory. Thus he invented this 7 mm wildcat.

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