.218 Bee


.218 Bee

Infobox Firearm Cartridge
name= .218 Bee


caption=
origin= USA
type= Rifle
service=
used_by=
wars=
designer= Winchester
design_date=
manufacturer=Winchester
production_date=1938
number=
variants=
is_SI_specs=
parent= .25-20 Winchester
case type=Rimmed, bottleneck
bullet=.224
neck=.242
shoulder=.329
base=.349
rim_dia=.408
rim_thick=.065
case_length=1.345
length=
rifling=
primer=
is_SI_ballistics=
bw1=35
btype1=VMax
vel1=3205
en1=799
bw2=40
btype2=BT
vel2=3130
en2=870
bw3=46
btype3=JFP
vel3=2708
en3=749
bw4=50
btype4=BT
vel4=2654
en4=782
bw5=
btype5=
vel5=
en5=
test_barrel_length=
balsrc= Hodgdon [http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp Hodgdon Online Reloading Data] ]

The .218 Bee is a .22 caliber rifle cartridge created for varmint shooters by Winchester in 1938. The cartridge was originally chambered in lever-action rifles, which may have ultimately led to its lack of popularity.

History

Initially the cartridge was designed for Winchester's lever-action rifles, thus the rimmed case. It never really caught on, and later even though it was chambered in new bolt-action rifles, the larger faster .222 Remington overshadowed it when introduced. There was some question about the accuracy of the .218 Bee as compared to the .222, but that was likely due to the difference of inherent accuracy between the bolt-actions rifles commonly chambered for the .222 and the lever-actions commonly chambered for the .218 Bee. Although not in common use, it's still a very effective cartridge in its area, for example small to medium varmints out to about 200 yards (200 m). Production ammunition and rifles are still available from a few manufacturers.

Performance

In terms of relative performance, the .218 Bee falls between the smaller .22 Hornet, and the larger .222 Remington and the more popular .223 Remington. It has velocities of over 3,000 ft/s (900 m/s) with lighter bullets, and requires very little powder.

ee also

* List of rifle cartridges
* 5 mm caliber
* .25-20 Winchester

References

* [http://www.stevespages.com/jpg/cd218bee.jpgCartridge Dimensions]
* [http://www.reloadbench.com/cartridges/218b.html .218 Bee] at The Reload Bench
* [http://www.chuckhawks.com/218Bee.htm The .218 Bee] by Chuck Hawks

External links

* [http://www.reloadingroom.com/index_files/218%20Bee.htm Contender Varminting - .218 Bee] at Rocky's Reloading Room


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