All of these recent threads about 2 Pdrs, PDWs, and Kropatscheks has me concerned that this Forum is veering off course of its intended purposes. So, I guess it’s up to me to set the ship right and to steer it back toward what should be the goal of all of us, i.e., the study of Wildcats.
Today’s shooters have a general disdain for belted cartridges. Most think that the belt is like the human appendix, an addition that serves no useful purpose. But such was not always the case. During the second half of the 20th Century many wildcatters actually went thru the process of swaging a belt on the venerable 30-06 case, shortening it to various lengths and necking it to 22, 24, 25 and 26 calibers. The extensive labor, and little or no benefit, soon proved to be too much for even a certifiable wildcatter and the cartridges were short lived.
Here are six that you won’t find in many collections.