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Tom Turpin

About Tom Turpin

Tom Turpin is the author of several hundred published articles and a contributing editor to Gun Digest. His published books include "Custom Rifles: Mastery of Wood & Metal," and "Modern Custom Guns, 2nd Edition," both available at GunDigestStore.com.

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.