Ballistics Of The Best-Known High-Velocity Rifles

Bore.

Weight of bullet in grains.

Velocity at muzzle, ft. per sec.

Striking energy at muzzle in foot lb.

Usual weight of single rifle in lb.

Usual weight of double rifle in lb.

Type of cartridge case.

.256......

156

2400

1990

Rim.

.256 Magm. ...

136

3000

2730

—

Rimless.

.275 ......

173

2300

2000

7

—

Rimless.

.280......

140-160

3000

3050

8

Rim and Rimless.

.303 ......

215

205O

2070

Rim.

.375-.303

215

2500

3000

7

Rim.

*.311 (7.9mm.)

225

2030

2060

—

Rimless.

*.318......

250

2500

3460

—

Rimless.

*.350 Rigby ...

310

2150

3200

Rim.

.350 Magm. ...

225

2600

3400

8

—

Rimless.

.400-.360

300

1950

2530

Rim.

.360 No. 2 ...

320

2200

3400

9

Rim.

.375 ......

270-320

1970

2400

Rim.

.450-.400

400

2150

4100

10½

Rim.

.404......

400

2125

4000

—

Rimless.

.416 Rigby ...

410

2370

5000

10

—

Rimless.

.500-.450

480

2170

5035

11½

Rim.

.500-.470

500

2120

5010

11¾

Rim.

.450 No. 2 ...

480

2170

5035

11½

Rim.

.475 No. 2 ...

480

2200

5150

11¾

Rim.

.500......

570

2150

5840

10

12½

Rim.

.577 ......

750

2050

6990

10½

13¾

Rim.

Above statistics are only approximate, but they will be found to be nearly exact, and they give a good enough idea to the sportsman.

The three weapons marked with an asterisk are the best "all-round" weapons I know, and either of them will kill anything in Africa, and this being the case, they are good for game in any other part of the world.—The Author.

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The Author