.22 High Power Cartridge-What do you think of the new .22 High Power Savage? It is my opinion that the cartridge has one good and one bad point. The makers claim the bullet has a muzzle velocity of 2800 feet per second, which is higher than that of any other rifle bullet made. This would be fine for running game, but I should think that a bullet of .228 inch diameter would be too small to make a large enough wound in large game such as deer. What is your opinion?
Personally, I know very little about this new cartridge, but caliber, with a soft point bullet is only a secondary consideration. The bullet must have considerable energy, and if it expands properly on striking game so that all of the energy is utilized, it will do the same work as a larger caliber. Now the new .22 caliber bullet has muzzle energy greater than that of the .25-35, and those who designed this cartridge and experimented with it claim that it is a very good killer and will sue up all of the energy on any animal larger than a woodchuck. It is my opinion that up to say 200 yards it would equal a .25-35 in killing power, with the added high velocity and flat trajectory to the good. But this remains to be learned. You are mistaken, however, in saying that this velocity is the greatest attained by any bullet. Considering the light weight of the bullet there is nothing wonderful about it. The Ross .280 caliber gives much greater velocity, the 140 grain bullet having a muzzle velocity of 3050 feet per second, and the 160 grain bullet a velocity of 2950 feet.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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