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An Explanation of What SAAMI Is and Does

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ReloaderFred, Oct 13, 2017 at 1:21 AM.

  1. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Member

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    We often see references to SAAMI, or SAAMI Specs, but how many people really know what SAAMI is? Here is an explanation of SAAMI history, and it's role in the firearms industry. The Author: R.G. Bimson / SAAMI Director of Technical Affairs, Technical Advisor.

    https://www.loaddata.com/Article/Ben...-Standards/502

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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    Thanks Fred! Good read

    That would explain why U.S. munition makers produce weaker 8mm ammo than Europe. Liabilities, since SAAMI list it at 35k psi. Gun blows up, lawyers says you were making ammo way over SAAMI specs. Which is the U.S. standard setter. Not C.I.P.
     
  3. ReloaderFred

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    The 8mm spec is probably in deference to the old Mauser 88's, which I believe had a weaker metal construction, but I'm working off memory, so that may not be correct.

    Fred
     
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    Agree, and though nothing I have read from SAAMI, I have read elsewhere that there were concerns of someone shooting from the old .318" bore.
     
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    All said and done, SAAMI is a worthy institute. And no government funding, per the article. Though our purchases somewhere along the line fund them. Still, lets see other institutes do their funding without tax dollars. Not to many.
     
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    Thanks Fred, have saved to favorites. Inspired writing by Mr. Bimson and an excellent short read IMHO, also includes interesting info about ANSI and corresponding institutions across the pond.
     
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    Worthy, indeed! I've talked with Rick Patterson, the CEO of SAAMI, on a couple of occasions, and he's one of the good guys. He's the NGO representative to the UN for SAAMI, and he fights them tooth and nail. He's also an executive in NSSF.

    The Pittman-Robertson funds go directly to National Fish & Wildlife Service, and are doled out to the states. Some of the P-R funds are used for grants to improve shooting ranges, and I've written, and received, ten P-R grants for our club over the years, and the we've been able to build ranges that we couldn't have done otherwise. The P-R funds are also used for Hunter Safety programs, as well as wildlife habitat. It's one of the best things Congress has ever done for the sportsman....

    Fred
     
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    Thanks, Walkalong. I know a lot of people are unclear as to what SAAMI actually is, or what it does, and this is the best explanation I've seen.

    Fred
     
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    Fred,

    Thank you for posting that article. I found it very interesting and although I am familiar with SAAMI I had no idea of the history and the role they played in Wildlife conservation all the way back in 1928! The comparison to the European CIP was also noteworthy.
     

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