New Rifle Cartridges

I’m just about finished my editing contribution to the 13th Edition of Cartridges of the World. 50 new (factory and wildcat) cartridges will be featured in the new volume. Some are pretty darn cool and some are, well, kinda weird. The new edition will also contain several new informational chapters covering AR cartridges, wildcatting and SAAMI.

Ironically, during the research I ended up creating a new wildcat specifically designed for deer hunting in Indiana where .35 caliber and up rifles are legal as long as the case length is less than 1.8 inches.

Here’s the last chance to get any cool, new wildcat cartridges in this book. Who knows when the 14th Edition will come out. The 13th Edition won’t be available until late summer but until then, here is a look at a few of the cartridges I uncovered ranging from .17 to .51 caliber.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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16 Responses to New Rifle Cartridges

  1. Dan Turley says:

    .51 Cal (?0 far right is a little off???

  2. Jim Dodd says:


    I remember offering to send comments a while back. My biggest note is for the .400 H&H (COTW #12 p. 385). It is a .411″ bullet, and not a .416″ as the text states. I interviewed Russel Wilkin at Holland on this development and also the .465 H&H,he is my source. I wrote the story for African Hunter. Holland followed their “house style” for both this cartridge and the .465.

    My biggest quibble is for the Dakota cartridges. Art Alphin did the design for the series, and the .450 Dakota is actually based on his .300 Pegasus case (.580″ base and 2.990″ length). I interviewed Art on this development

    The .376 Steyr case is the 9.3X64 shortened by 4mm and necked up to .375″, or 9.5X60 in metric speak. My source is the factory on this one. They had a “European cartridge house” do the design, and Hornady built the ammunition. I used one on a Zim safari in 2002.

    What is that big one with the GS solid?

    Have a good…jim dodd

  3. Mike Wodjenski says:

    Definately some far out looking characters in that photo.

  4. Tony Yates says:

    Richard, When will the new issue be published?

  5. Tyler Staggs says:

    Beings that I live in Indiana, I would be interested in case you based your .35 wildcat on? I’ve had thoughts of one using the 348 Winchester as a basis for single shots, but have done much more than think about it…

    I will be buying a copy of COTW. In 2001 I moved from Indiana to Utah for graduate school. That move also allowed me to hunt with rifles for the first time, but I new little about rifles or their cartridges. My wife got me a copy of COTW for my birthday the first year we were married. I have spent hours pouring over that copy to the point that it’s dirty, dog-eared, and tattered. I hope to do the same with the new edition!

    • gunwriter says:

      Its the .358 Indiana and is nothing more than a .35 Remington case shortened to 1.8 inches and then loaded to 55,000 psi in a bolt action rifle. You can use .35 Remington dies. Its a simple answer to a problem everyone is trying to complicate. A fellow by the name of Scott Jones in Indiana is having a rifle built.

      • Tyler Staggs says:

        Neat! Thanks for sharing the info. I’m thinking of trying a 357 Mag or Max to get it good and broken in for when my now 4yo is old enough to pull the trigger. I would think that with judicious loading either would be more than effective and kick much less than the 20ga slug gun I started with.

      • gunwriter says:

        You might think about the new Ruger 77/357. With a little work the stock can be shortened and when loaded with the 140 gr. Vor-Tx ammo this will be lights out for a whitetail.

      • gunwriter says:

        I made a mistake: The .35 Wildcat based on the .35 Remington that Scott Jones is putting together will be called the .35 Indiana – not the .358 Indiana.

  6. Jim Dodd says:

    I used to recycle the old COTW when the new edition came out, at least until I discovered some is edition unique. So serious rifle loonies need to keep them all. Sounds like an opportunity for a DVD compilation…I would buy that!…jim

  7. Dale Roberts Jr says:

    What is that fat sassy little round third from the left? Looks like a rimmed case too.

    • gunwriter says:

      Carroll Pilant is an employee of Sierra Bullets and has been the face of the company for many years. Carroll is an avid shooter and reloader. When Carroll’s son was young he wanted to design his own wildcat cartridge and was continually putting drawings in front of his Carroll who was repeatedly tell him, “It’s already been done.” That changed in October of 1992 when Hunter showed Carroll a .41 Magnum case necked down to .22 caliber. Hunter had named it after his sister, Fawn. Carroll then worked with Clymer Reamers and Bullberry Barrel Works and had a Thompson Center single shot rifle built for his son for Christmas. The only change Carroll made to his son’s drawing and design was to open the primer pocket to accept large rifle primers. Carroll later found out that in 1969 Dennis Hrusosky had developed a similar cartridge with a 30 degree shoulder which he called the .224 Rimmed Critter Gitter.

  8. Nice blog. Keep it up in future also.


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