.22 CHeetah

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.22 CHeetah
Type Rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Jim Carmichel and Fred Huntington
Specifications
Parent case 308 BR
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter .22 in (5.6 mm)
Primer type Small Rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
50 gr (3 g) 4,300 ft/s (1,300 m/s) 2,018 ft·lbf (2,736 J)

The .22 CHeetah (both C and H are upper-case,[1] referring to Carmichel / Huntington[2]) is a .22 wildcat cartridge developed in the 1970s or 1980s by Jim Carmichel and Fred Huntington.[3]

The .22 CHeetah is essentially a Remington 308 BR, modified to fit the 22 caliber,[4] and is the most popular wildcat; two custom gunmakers, Shilen Rifle Company and Wichita Engineering, are now making rifles specifically for the cartridge.[5] The cartridge's 50-grain .22-caliber bullets have a muzzle speed upward of 4,300 ft/s (4,250 according to some[6]), and the cartridge is known for its long-range accuracy and velocity.[2] Its high intensity is notoriously hard on barrels, which require constant cleaning.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Confusing World of Cartridge Nomenclature (2540)
  2. ^ a b "Walk on the Wild Side". Outdoorlife.com. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  3. ^ 22 Cheetah MK 1 - Long Range Hunting Online Magazine
  4. ^ Frank C. Barnes (24 July 2006). Cartridges of the World. Krause Publications. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-89689-297-2. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  5. ^ H. Lea Lawrence (1 July 2002). The Ultimate Guide to Small Game and Varmint Hunting: How to Hunt Squirrels, Rabbits, Woodchucks, Coyotes, Foxes, and Other Game Animals. Globe Pequot. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-58574-566-1. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Ruger's new firearm has higher velocity". Pittsburghlive.com. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  7. ^ Williams, Ross (31 August 2005). "How to extend the life of a rifle barrel". Archived from the original on 15 February 2012.