Charles Newton: The Forgotten History of the Wildcatter Who Created the .22 and .250 Savage
On this episode of the Resistance Library Podcast Sam and Dave talk about the wildcatter, Charles Newton. You can read the full article at Ammo.com: https://ammo.com/articles/char....les-newton-wildcatte
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Wildcatters are a specific subset of firearms enthusiasts – nerds among nerds, if you will. And their king is Charles Newton.
Newton was an attorney whose wildcatting was a hobby, not a career. However, his work in the world of wildcatting resulted in what is a sort of crowning achievement for a wildcatter: A company took up one of his creations, the .22 Savage Hi-Power, which Savage Arms began making officially in 1912. Soon after this, Savage began manufacturing the .250-3000 Savage (also known as the 250 Savage).
The 22 Savage boasted a high velocity for the time it was developed, which in turn led to a shocking display of power. Its killing power was seen as nothing short of miraculous for larger prey with relatively soft skin, such as tigers – this was the golden era of big-game hunting and the African safari. Reverend H. R. Caldwell brought notoriety to the round by using it to bag 400-pound tigers in China. This was exploited to great effect in the early advertising for the round.
You can read the full article “Charles Newton: The Forgotten History of the Wildcatter Who Created the .22 and .250 Savage” at Ammo.com.
- Charles Newton: The Forgotten History of the Wildcatter Who Created the .22 and .250 Savage: https://ammo.com/articles/char....les-newton-wildcatte
- Elmer Keith: The Forgotten History of the Firearms Author and Father of Big Bore Handgunning: https://ammo.com/articles/elme....r-keith-firearms-aut
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