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.264 Bearcat? Ever Heard Of That Caliber?
nunn Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 35,857 ******
edited May 19 in Ask the Experts
I have a rifle so chambered.
It has to be a wildcat, but it's one I hadn't heard of until I read the caliber marking on the barrel.
I will do some research, but I figure at least one of the experts here has some information on it.
Tried looking it up in PO Ackley's old Handbook and found nothing on it in over 20 pages of 6.5/.264 wildcats and custom cartridges.
Better try doing a chamber casting and finding out what parent case it is based on.
I figure whoever buys it can worry about that.
David, I have a reference book that lists thousands of carts to include most wildcats. I did not see the 264 BC listed. MY advice would be to chamber cast and slug the bore. RMR
What in the Wide World of Sports is a .264 Bearcat? I tried my Google Fu on it and came up with nothin'.
Did a bit more digging and came up with this little blurb from an article discussing the .264 Thor on a European handloading forum,
One such experimenter was Wichita Falls, Texas, gunsmith Bill Mowrey (later of blackpowder Mowrey Rifle Co. fame). Bill necked down the 7x61 S&H and called his creation the 6.5mm Bearcat. Bill told me that his biggest problem in the mid-1950s was trying to find slow-burning powders suitable for the cartridge. Today, that’s not a problem.
So it appears to be a cartridge developed by Bill Mowrey, the builder of the rifle, and it's a necked down 7x61 Sharpe & Hart.
There is another called the 6.5x61 Shannon necked down sharpe &hart. I found it in Hand loaders manual of cartridge conversions 4th edition. May be the same?
Could be. I am ignorant.