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Cartridges of Today
Courtesy of Sabi Custom Gunmakers Sabi

The book Cartridges of the World lists hundreds of cartridges that were once used and the ones still used only makes out a small section of the total list. The main reason for so many going out of production was determined by the old fundamental force of supply and demand. The main factor controlling supply and demand is a mighty force of economics or price. Price often determines demand and so does price also determine supply at the minimum cost.

The commercial cartridges manufactured today are all based on three base sizes, namely the belted magnums, the 8 x 57 Mauser and the 222 Rem. The rest are mainly different case lengths and necked down to different bullet diameters.

It is therefor possible to make any cartridge with any case length and any bullet diameter to achieve anything you specifically want from the three basic base sizes and case lengths to fit the action you wish to use. If you design and develop your own cartridge, it is called a wildcat. Originally wildcats were derived from cases blown out to have a larger capacity in order to achieve higher velocities than the standard caliber and was then called a wildcat, but today, all one of a kind caliber are known as wildcat or propriety cartridge.


  1. AAA Arms and Ammo
    Sells 50 BMG ammunition and supplies.

  2. Action Outdoors
    Low Recoil Big Game hunting ammunition for women and youths, Custom Handloads, and ammo for Law Enforcement

  3. AmmoGuide
    Displays graphic images of small-arms cartridges, histories, descriptions, specifications and nominal ballistics values.

  4. Ammunitionstore.com
    Product guide to ammunition, reloading supplies, magazines, and machinegun accessories.

  5. Astro Ammo & Gun
    Re-manufactured and new ammunition.

  6. Bell Brass
    [Las Vegas, NV] Brass ammunition manufacturing and equipment.

  7. Chestnut Ridge Supply
    Ammunition for sale.

  8. Custom Cartridge, Inc.
    Manufacturers of precision, high-performance ammunition. Large selection of modern and rare and obsolete calibers. Specialty characteristics available through multiple product lines.

  9. Dakota Ammo
    Offers high velocity ammunition for self-defense and law enforcement.

  10. Dans Sporting Goods
    Ammunition – Importer / Distributor

  11. Double Action
    Offers ammunition and themed apparel. Includes safety information.

  12. Fiocchi Ammunition
    Shotshell, rimfire and centerfire cartridges.

  13. Gamebore Cartridge Co. Ltd
    Specializing in shotgun cartridges.

  14. LuckyGunner.com
    A Marvelously com-lete store featuring every king of Ammunition and quick delivery for the items you need

  15. Lyalvale Express
    Manufacturer of shotgun cartridges and ammunition for both game and competition shooting.

  16. Mike J’s 6mm Ackley Improved Reloading Page
    Providing load data for the 6mm Ackley Improved cartridge

  17. RMC Muzzleloading On-Line Catalog
    Complete On-line catalog of American made quality blackpowder and muzzleloading accessories for the blackpowder shooters.

  18. Winchester Ammunition
    Due to Winchester’s extensive product line we have made it easier for you to search for information on the product of your choice.

  19. Wolf Performance Ammunition.
    Russian ammunition in 7.62×39, .223 Rem, .380, 9mm Luger and 45 Auto, from the Tula Cartridge Works.