Petzal: “Useful Range,” and Other Mysteries

First, a couple of random notes: * I checked last night, and when Warren Page was my age, he was … Continued

First, a couple of random notes:

* I checked last night, and when Warren Page was my age, he was dead.

*It appears that Joe Biden has finally said something memorable.

* I’ve been trying to remember where I’ve seen that fixed, glassy smile that Nancy Pelosi wears all the time and now I remember. When I was a kid, I used to deliver old clothes to an institution whose clients’ minds had permanently departed for a more pleasing reality. They had that exact same expression on their faces. But that’s not important now.

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On my post of 3/12 on the 6.5/284 Norma, blogger Clay Cooper kindly sent along a page from what appears to be the Norma loading manual, and in its text appears the following sentence: “Useful range of this number [the 6.5/284] surpasses the 6.5×55 by about 100 yards for any application.”

What exactly does this mean? Does it imply that at, say, 400 yards 6.5×55 bullets bounce off whatever they hit and 6.5/284 slugs don’t? Overall, the text appears to have been written by a Swede who sort of understands English, but hasn’t fully grasped the idiom, much like George W. Bush. If the writer had said: “The 6.5/284 adds about 100 yards to the point-blank aiming range of the 6.5×55,” I would have nothing to write about.

I have been guilty of the same sin. Some time ago I wrote that the .220 Swift was a 300-yard varmint cartridge, and was savagely taken to task for it in cyberspace. I should have said that the .220 Swift is terrific up to 300 yards, but after that the wind really plays with the little bullets and you’re better off with a 6mm, unless of course you’re a master of the wind, in which case you can hit with it out to 723 yards, or whatever distance you please.