The choice of a proper rifle cartridge for the work in view is of the highest importance. A sporting writer has aptly stated the matter when he says that the rifle itself is a mere means of using the cartridge and is in fact, of secondary importance. Hence itís that at least in the hunting field our success may be due in a greater measure to the cartridge selected than to the model of rifle. Dozens of cartridges are still being manufactured for rifles that are either obsolete or should be. It follows that the novice may go astray even when he consults a veteran friend who may be clinging to what was good in its day but is now out of date.
Ammunition firms divide cartridges into black powder and smokeless, most of the black powder output being also loaded with some brand of nitro. Smokeless shells in turn are subdivided into low-pressure and high-power. The former is simply the old black shell loaded with a brand of nitro giving practically the same ballistics as the original charge, while the latter are either cartridges that have never been designed for anything but smokeless or the old shell loaded with a high velocity powder.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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