I Invented a New Cartridge – BFD
Do we really need any kind of “new” cartridge? Within the confines of weapons we can keep and bear does there exist any need or niche unfulfilled or tragically left vacant? These days If you need a gun for any reason you can find that gun. And the gun you find would probably have been around for better than 50 or so years. What we see in the hottest new/regurgitated cartridges is the creation and prompt filling of micro-niches. In essence just a bunch of compromises so clever and precise you simply must get one: This new round gives you all the power, velocity, accuracy and grand ballistics of that old thing you shoot without the size, weight, recoil, cost and other awful stuff you’ve suffered with all those years.
The .327 Federal Magnum
The .327 Federal Magnum was introduced by Federal and Ruger in 2008 and is the .32 H&R Magnum with a casing stretched 1/8″. Geez, that .327 sounds a lot like .357!!! I already must have one. The .327 Federal Magnum is a .32 caliber, let’s not forget this. A revolver chambered in .327 will throw little bullets at amazing speeds blah, blah, blah, and is “great” for shooters who dislike the recoil and blast of the .357 but like saying the word “Magnum”. If you don’t like the external ballistics of the .357 get a .38 Special, or live on the edge with .38 +P’s. There’s nothing a .327 Federal Magnum slug will do the .38 Special hasn’t already done a million times. If Federal and Ruger can turn a nice buck by pitching into obscure niches that’s great, that’s capitalism and we all love capitalism. In fact a friend of mine at the club showed me his new (used) Ruger Sp101 chambered as a .327. He said he’d been looking a long time for one but couldn’t find a price under $800.00. He saw this one on a gun shop website for $400.00, called said gun shop and asked the shop-keep to hold the gun until he could have a look at it. Upon my friend’s arrival and decision to buy, he was informed there were five other customers waiting for his refusal.
Manufacturers such as Ruger, Taurus, and Charter Arms have come out with snubbies chambered in .327. The smashing feature here is due to the skinniness of the .327 casing these revolvers are six-shooters. I’ve never fired one but according to the “literature” another smashing feature is when a .327 snubbie is lit off with a full magnum load, much unpleasantness results. I have a S&W J-Frame in .38 +P for back-up and light carry and I see nothing here causing me to pine for a change. If I feel I need a six-shooting snubbie I would sooner consider Colt’s new Cobra unveiled at the 2017 SHOT show.
And you won’t believe this: a revolver chambered in .327 Federal Magnum will also safely chamber and fire the following shorter cartridges: .32 H&R Magnum, .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, and get this, the .32 ACP!!!
The .300 ACC Blackout
The .300 AAC Blackout (Advanced Armament Corporation) is the round that will shoot bigger and better than any 5.56 NATO but won’t hurt as much the 7.62 x 51 and looks a lot like that neato AK Russian round. What it looks like is a 1950’s era space alien with a head size rivaling its body dimensions. Yeah, that was a cheapshot. But do not worry, all you need to convert your little 5.56 AR to the .300 is the barrel. Your upper and lower receivers, and even your magazines can stay. These features must have been requested by the guy whose job is to pitch the .300 to the U.S military, or others perfectly satisfied with what they got now.
The .300 Blackout merchants are also making a press for the hunting camps. Because the .300 is a .308 bullet and the .308 Winchester is a proven game getter, who wouldn’t want .308 hunting performance set on an AR platform? Here I may pine for a Remington Model 742 Woodsmaster with its sleek lines, fine pointing abilities and reliability. The Woodsmaster, no longer in production, has been around since 1960.
If you want to shoot bigger and better than the 5.56, get a 7.62 NATO and stop fooling around.
The 6.5 Creedmoor
New rifle cartridges are not that rare, but those that re-write the rules are, and the 6.5 Creedmoor changed the world of shooting. – Bryce M. Towsley
Where was I when this happened? And who the hell is Creedmoor?
When I first heard of the 6.5 Creedmoor I envisioned the return of some time-honored, nostalgia drenched Africa safari cartridge invented in the early 20th century by some legendary great white hunter, perhaps named Sir Leonard Pemberton Creedmoor. The 6.5 Creedmoor is the .30 TC (the what?) re-branded by Hornady in 2009. The re-brand took the form of a neck-down to .2644″ and then being named for Sir Larry. Actually Creed was the name of a well-to-do family who in 1872 sold 70 acres of moorland to the then new NRA. On this moorland the NRA built the Creedmoor Range, a facility for long-range shooting and competition. Today the site is the home of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center (no, really). Since the 6.5 Creedmoor was designed “from the ground up” (not my cliche) to be a competition cartridge, Hornady thought it nice to assign to it a name steeped in long-range shooting lore even though practically no one knows what they are talking about.
Of the breathless reports I’ve read the 6.5 Creedmoor is winning planet-wide long-range rifle competitions performing stunts never seen before. I would dub this round the Magic Bullet, but that’s taken. Ok, maybe it’s a functional ballistic tool, and good for Hornady if they can wrench some additional profits from this specialized arena. BUT for all intents, purposes, practicalities and targets, it’s a .243 Winchester. The .243 is the only thing necked-down from the .308 anyone will ever need in this caliber/cartridge niche. So there.
I could opine more abundantly on these cartridges but I’m trying to keep things pointed and brief. However I may return to expand or perhaps amend my remarks. I also have some fascinating thought muscle to be applied to characters such as the .357 SIG, the 10mm/.40 S&W and maybe the 7mm-08.