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    Posted: September 04 2012 at 3:09pm
Hi Guys
 
I have a 303/25 cal Wildcat. It shoots .257 projectiles in the range of 70gr to 117gr.
I shoot 87gr Sierra Varmint rounds and 100gr Sierra Prohunters. It's a pleasure to shoot with what I would call no recoil so I get to see all hits. It is also an accurate caliber aswell.
Does any other members have any of the .303 wildcats.
 
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I have a 25-303 built by Sportco of Australia on a Lithgow SMLE action.  Very accurate when I paper shot it at 185m.  There were a few variants like the 25/303, 303/25,303-25 and maybe others.  There were all essentially the same but I understand the 25-303 is the official one which accepts all other variants.  Anyway, I think it's a great cartridge which is the equal to the 243 but with a slightly lower BC.
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I have only ever seen one variant and we call them the 303/25, no doubt there have been other widcats made but the original 303/25 is simply the 303 necked down to 25 cal and is the most common.
I have a rimless version in my collection as well, not sure what rifles were chambered for that.
There were plenty of others like the 303/270, 303/243 and the various 22 cals as well.
In a rear locking action like the P14, the 303/25 can be stoked up to equal the 243.
And yes, the 303/25 gets called 25/303, 303/250 etc.
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Originally posted by Lithgow Lithgow wrote:

In a rear locking action like the P14, the 303/25 can be stoked up to equal the 243.
And yes, the 303/25 gets called 25/303, 303/250 etc.
I'm sure you meant front locking for the P-14.
 
I'sn't there a 6.5/303 as well?
I remember reading of surplus Japanese 6.5 barrels being used by Australian gunsmiths to make a 6.5 version of the .257 Roberts cartridge, don't know what action these were used with. 
 
 
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Yes sorry, front locker.
I think there might be a 6.5 as well although, they were a wildcat.
As far as I know, the only ones that ammo could be purchased off the shelf for were the 25 and 270
Ammo was made by Super or Riverbrand, both Aussie companies. Riverbrand used military cases.
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No stoking up required to equal the 243.  Just loading to normal 303 pressures.  The 303/25 cannot equal hot 243 loads though.  In a P-14 the 303/25 will exceed the 243 in performance.  It has a larger bore and a greater expansion ratio, that's why.  I'm talking of same weight bullets in each.
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