.240 Weatherby Magnum
|.240 Weatherby Magnum|
.240 Weatherby Magnum (1st from left)
|Place of origin||USA|
|Bullet diameter||.243 in (6.2 mm)|
|Neck diameter||.272 in (6.9 mm)|
|Shoulder diameter||.429 in (10.9 mm)|
|Base diameter||.453 in (11.5 mm)|
|Rim diameter||.472 in (12.0 mm)|
|Case length||2.496 in (63.4 mm)|
|Overall length||3.100 in (78.7 mm)|
|Case capacity||64 gr H2O (4.1 cm3)|
|Rifling twist||1 in 10 in (250 mm)|
|Primer type||Large rifle|
|Maximum pressure||65,000 psi (450 MPa)|
|Source(s): Hodgdon |
The .240 Weatherby Magnum was developed in 1968 by Roy Weatherby. In the development of his own .240in/6 mm cartridge, Weatherby was significantly influenced by both the success and the limitations of the .244 H&H Magnum cartridge devised in England by his friend and colleague David Lloyd. It was the last cartridge to be designed by Roy Weatherby.
The .240 Weatherby Mag. is a proprietary cartridge used only in Weatherby rifles. This particular Weatherby case is unique: other than shape, it isn't physically based on other Weatherby cases, having the same rim diameter and similar length as the .30-06. It utilizes the traditional Weatherby rounded double shoulder and a belted case with a length of 2.496in, significantly shorter than the 2.8in case of the .244 H&H Mag.
In terms of velocity, the .240 Weatherby Magnum was once the fastest commercially produced 6 mm cartridge. There were several faster wildcat rounds available, but the .240 Wby. Mag. outclassed the 6 mm Remington and the newer .243 WSSM by about 150 ft/s (46 m/s). However, the lightweight .243 WSSM 55gr Ballistic Silvertip now outpaces Weatherby's offerings according to some. Loading data from Western Powders puts the .240 Wby. Mag. at over 4,000 ft/s (1,200 m/s) with a 62 grain Barnes bullet.
While favoured by some varmint hunters, the .240 Wby. Mag. is not much liked by some reloaders because the case cannot be formed out of any other brass; one either has to buy Weatherby ammunition or reload used Weatherby cases which tend to be more expensive than those for more common cartridges. With the heavier bullets the .240 Wby. Mag. makes for a good deer hunting cartridge, but it does tend to require a long (>23 inches (580 mm).) barrel in order to achieve peak performance.
|Muzzle||100 yd||200 yd||300 yd||400 yd||500 yd|
- Hodgdon Online Reloading Data
- The .240 Weatherby Magnum by Chuck Hawks
- The .240 Weatherby Magnum by Chuck Hawks (subscription required)
- Compared: The .243 WSSM and .240 Wby. Mag. by Chuck Hawks (subscription required)
- "SBST243SS". Olin Corporation 190 Carondelet Suite 1530 Clayton, MO 63105. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
- "Western Powders" (PDF).
- .240 Weatherby Magnum at The Reload Bench[self-published source]
- Cartridge Dimensions at Steves Pages
- mm)/240%20Weatherby%20Magnum%20page%20209.pdf .240 Wby data at Accurate Powder