.46 wcf


#1

Recently saw a “new” wildcat in one of the regular gun magazines that’s called the .475 Turnbull for '86 Winchesters that is a .50-110 necked to .475 dia. and shortened a bit. The recent SLICS auction listing shows an example of a .46 WCF and I was wondering if it is also a .50-110 case necked down (to .458 dia.)? Or perhaps a .348 blown out like a .450 Alaskan?

Any info on the .46 WCF would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Dave


#2

Dave-The .46 WCF is more properally known as the .46 O.F. Winchester. Here is the page from “The History and Development of Small arms ammunition” Vol. 2 by George A. Hoyem. As you can see, it has nothing to do with the .50-110.


#3

Ron

I believe that the 46 WCF and the 46 O.F.Winchester are two completely different cartridges. JOURNAL #380 has a dimensioned drawing of the WCF and that is the case being offered on the SLICS auction.

With a rim diameter of .602, a base diameter of .545, and a CL of 2.406 it would appear that it was indeed based on the 50-110.

Ray


#4

Ray–If those are the diminisons, then I would agree that it is NOT the .46 O.F. Winchester, which has a case length of 1.44 inches and a rim of 0.632-0.637 inches.
When I posted my answer I did not have the diminisions of the .46 WCF in the SLICKS auction, so just jumped to the conclusion it was really the .46 O.F. Winchester.


#5

Ray and Ron,

Thanks for the input and information. I had never seen a .46 WCF before and had just seen the .475 Turnbull and my thought were that it had pretty much been done before (a long time before!).

Dave


#6

Ron

To clarify - the dimensions I gave were taken from the drawing in the JOURNAL. I do not know if the case in the Auction has the same dimensions. It does “look” the same.

The 46 O.F. Winchester was/is a two piece case. I recall that there were some that were faked.

Ray


#7

In Dan Shuey’s book vol II he lists 3 types of the 46 WCF on pages 161,162 & 163