Folks were trying tiny calibers decades ago, but evidentally gave up. This is from P.O. Ackley's 1962 "Handbook for Shooters & Reloaders", Vol I, pg. 256 in the ".17 CALIBRE INTRODUCTION" section...
"...A few years ago, even smaller sizes of barrels were available, as small as .14 calibre, but the difficulty of manufacturing barrels smaller than .17 is extremely difficult and impractical in these modern times..."
While P.O. may have needed help proofreading, he was t-h-e gun authority back then, and would know the scoop. The date on the chamber diagram (and the above articles) is 2001, so these things are relatively recent developments.
I think I hear plastic coming out of wallets already. C'mon, now, who can say they aren't dang curious to see one of these critters?
August 31, 2004, 12:27 AM
I'll confess to being curious and tempted.
Given how much fun I have with my .17/.357mag wildcat...if the fun scales along with caliber...
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