But that's not important now. Recently I've found myself writing about a lot of old (early 20th century) cartridges, and reflecting on the fact that most of them are anything but feeble. First on the list was the .257 Roberts which, as a light-recoiling taker of big game (It was originally conceived as a dual-purpose load for varmints as well, but is not much in that category.) and properly handloaded, has no betters that I can think of and damned few equals. I owned a Roberts in the 1980s, handloaded 115-grain Nosler Partitions to over 3,000 fps, and saw everything at which I pointed it fall down promptly. Ted Trueblood's wife Ellen, as I recall, used to kill elk on a regular basis with a .257 Roberts.