THE .25 STEVENS AND .25-20 MARLIN AND WINCHESTER
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THE .25 STEVENS AND .25-20 MARLIN AND WINCHESTER

THE .25 STEVENS AND .25-20 MARLIN AND WINCHESTER




      

THE .25 STEVENS AND .25-20 MARLIN AND WINCHESTER


THE .25 STEVENS AND .25-20 MARLIN AND WINCHESTER

Here we have cartridges that, while not of the same shape and not interchangeable, have practically the same ballistics—when loaded with black powder. The former can be used only in single-shot rifles and the latter only in repeaters. The .25-20 repeater cartridge loaded with black powder gives the ordinary 1,400 feet velocity and with smokeless increases the velocity to 1,700 feet.

This feature of the cartridge makes it perhaps the best now obtainable as combined small game and general practice ammunition. The shell takes a greater variety of charges, designed for more special uses than any other I know. It can be charged with ten grains of black, semi smokeless, or an equivalent amount of smokeless powder and a seventy-seven grain, sharp pointed bullet wherewith even small birds like quail may be shot through the body without mutilation. Then the regular black powder cartridge is an especially good one up to two hundred yards, splendid scores having been made with it on the Standard American and German Ring targets at the distance. The .25-20 is also a great promoter of economical rifle practice since it lends itself admirably to hand reloaded ammunition. The rifle lover can mold his bullets to different tempers and shapes, and make up his ammunition entire if he likes, or lubricated factory bullets can be bought at a trifling cost, and half the price of ammunition saved.

The regular black powder charge has a muzzle energy of 360 foot pounds, a trajectory of 2.83 inches, an accuracy of a three-inch circle at one hundred yards. This black cartridge is quite capable of accounting for any of the birds or animals mentioned at the beginning of this chapter, when fired upon at ranges not exceeding a hundred and fifty yards. If the rifleman has occasion to shoot beyond this distance the high velocity, smokeless ammunition will be found suited to his purpose.

The .25-20 high velocity has an initial speed of 1,712 feet, one hundred yard trajectory 1.85 inches, energy 560 pounds. There is no question of its effectiveness on anything smaller than deer, and even those animals would be stopped if struck right. The high velocity charge increases the practical killing range of the .25-20 from a hundred and fifty to two hundred yards.

There are two other black powder cartridges that have about the same ballistics as the .25-20. These are the .25-21 and the .25-25 Stevens. The shells of these are straight inside, a feature that renders them easy to reload and keep clean, and they are well liked by the experimental rifleman.

Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.

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