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Ten caliber?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MikeHaas, Aug 29, 2004.

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  1. MikeHaas

    MikeHaas Member

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    Yep...

    Don't know much about these rounds, but they sure peg the cute meter! You'll be surprised at what the parent cases are...

    .10 Eichelberger Dart - http://ammoguide.com/?catid=318
    .10 Squirrel - http://ammoguide.com/?catid=317
    .12 Squirrel - http://ammoguide.com/?catid=316
    .12 Viper - http://ammoguide.com/?catid=315
    .14 Eichelberger Dart - http://ammoguide.com/?catid=314

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    And positioned next to their parents (I know it's hard to think of a .25 ACP as being past puberty!)...

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    Huh? WHAT bullet? You see a bullet? Let's move these toothpicks out if the way...

    Mike
     
  2. cookhj

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    those really small calibers interest me, but what good are they besides just plinking? what are you going to hunt for? song birds and mice?
     
  3. stans

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    Dragon flies!:D
     
  4. Dave R

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    They'd probably be good for ground squirrels. We call 'em Whistle Pigs here in Idaho.

    Probably be good for any squirrels.

    Maybe up to racoon/possum sized varmits?
     
  5. Darkside

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    I seem to remember soneone making some really small stuff out of 25 auto or 32 auto IIRC.

    Darkside
     
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    DUHHHH. Just looked a little closer at the bottom pic and noticed the 25 auto.:banghead:

    Darkside
     
  7. Black Snowman

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    So what do you use for a bullet in these things? Cut lenths of thick copper wire?
     
  8. MikeHaas

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    A bit of followup info on Eichelberger...

    http://www.saubier.com/smallcaliber/extreme.html

    http://www.saubier.com/smallcaliber/loadresources.html

    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?

    Mike
     
  9. Dave R

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    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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