The .257 Weatherby Magnum is a .257 caliber (6.53 mm) belted bottlenecked cartridge. It is one of the original standard length magnums developed by shortening the .375 H&H Magnum case to approx. 2.5 in (64 mm). Of the cartridges developed by Roy Weatherby, the .257 Weatherby Magnum was known to have been his favorite, and the cartridge currently ranks third in Weatherby cartridge sales, after the .30-378 Weatherby Magnum and the .300 Weatherby Magnum.
Weatherby uses only the finest components, such as Norma brass, to assure that each load is as precise as a shooter’s favorite handload. Premium ammunition for premium performance. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.
Partition Bullets feature a fully tapered jacket that ruptures instantly at the thin jacket mouth, yet the gradual thickening along the bullet’s axis controls expansion and curls the jacket uniformly outward at high or low velocities. This makes this round no match for Deer, Sheep, Pronghorn and Black Bear and other medium-sized game.
Brief History on 257 weatherby magnum
The .257 ammo was designed in 1944 and introduced commercially in 1945 by Roy Weatherby as a wildcat cartridge as a chambering in his rifles. The 257 Weatherby Magnum is one of Roy Weatherby’s favorite calibers. The original cartridge was developed using the H&H Super 30 (a close variant of the .300 H&H Magnum which in turn is based on the .375 H&H Magnum) shortened, blown out, and necked down to accept a .25 caliber (6.35 mm) bullet.
The original cartridges were formed using Winchester’s .300 H&H Magnum (H&H Super 30) and was only available as a component from Weatherby. Beginning in 1948 Weatherby began offering loaded ammunition for the .257 Weatherby Magnum cartridge which was loaded in house.
Until then the cartridge was only available as a component brass which would require being loaded before use. Sometime later, the .257 Weatherby brass was manufactured by Richard Speer for Weatherby. However, due to space and organizational constraints Weatherby began looking for a source of ammunition for his cartridge.
The search culminated in 1951 with Norma Projektilfabrik being awarded a contract to produce ammunition. Since then, all Weatherby Ammunition has been manufactured by Norma with the exception of a brief period of time between 1963 and 1964 when production moved to RWS/Dynamit-Nobel, a company which had entered into partnership with Weatherby.
Ever since the release of the .257 Weatherby Magnum it has remained one of the more popular cartridges in terms of Weatherby sales. Gun writers such as Layne Simpson consider the .257 Weatherby one of his favorite long range cartridges.
Product Information on 257 weatherby ammo
|Cartridge||257 Weatherby Magnum|
|Grain Weight||120 Grains|
|Muzzle Velocity||3305 Feet Per Second|
|Muzzle Energy||2910 Foot Pounds|
|Bullet Style||Jacketed Soft Point|
|Bullet Brand And Model||Nosler Partition|
|G1 Ballistic Coefficient||0.391|
|Shipping Weight||1.350 Pounds|