Greatest Cartridges

Learn about the most important cartridges in history with Tom Turpin. The author of several hundred published articles and a contributing editor to Gun Digest, explores ammunition that has changed the face of self defense, hunting, law enforcement and the military. Turpin’s blog is certain to raise your ammo IQ.

The .284 Winchester almost slipped into obscurity, but was saved when it was embraced by F-Class and other long-distance shooters and was reborn as the 6.5x285 Norma.

Greatest Cartridges: 6.5-284 Norma, the Long Shot

The .284 Winchester nearly fell into obscurity due to lack of popularity. But the cartridge was born again as the 6.5-284 Norma and found new life among F-Class and other long-distance shooters.

Through the urging of handloaders and outdoor writers, among them Elmer Keith, the .44 Magnum became a factory load in 1956. Smith & Wesson also released the Model 29, chambered for the round, the same year.

Greatest Cartridges: .44 Magnum a Silver Screen Sensation

The heavy and powerful .44 Magnum first became a factory load in 1956, but it wasn't until the early 70s the round's popularity went into the stratosphere. All it took was Dirty Harry welding a hand cannon chambered for the load to send it flying off store shelves.