I am a middle aged shooter who had run the gauntlet of factory cartridges, wildcat cartridges, Improved cartidges, and odd ball obsolete cartidges in my shooting career. One of the criteria for what constitutes a 'good' cartridge that I have gravitated to, is its "effeciency": In this definition, the ability to effectively utilize its given powder supply.
I frequent a few stalking and vaminting sites based outside the US and I am amazed to see all the folks who want bigger case capacities. Making "Ackley Improved" rifles is far more popular here, let's say, than in the US. To me it's odd that, in a country where powder is so expensive, people would want to pour in even more for what might be dubious gains.
I always seem to raise the hackles of the Ackley Improved shooters when I talk about this subject and they retort by telling me how fast they can drive a certain bullet from their Eargersplittinloundinboomer Ackley Improved. I'm not interested. What would be nice is a discussion as to how shooters view the subjset of cartridge effeciency, or if they'd even given is much thought.
Any ideas to share? ~Muir