For a few laughs and something interesting to read I decided to post this based upon my own experiences.
I have had quite a few different firearms chambered for either wildcats or almost obsolete cartridges. For example, If you bought a rifle and it was listed as .308 you would safely assume .308 Winchester correct?
While that might be true of most guns, there are a few .308 wildcats.
The one I personally encountered was the .308 Norma Magnum. When a Federal Power-shok .308 Winchester is chambered, it will fit, but when fired, the case neck will be blown out against the chamber wall and pieces of the primer may or may not shoot backwards. The .308 Norma Magnum is just shy of being the same length as the .30-06 Springfield, with a different parent case.
Another case of mistaken identity is the .38 S&W. This is quite different from the .38 S&W Special (Also known as the .38 Special) in both case length and bullet diameter. the .38 S&W was a popular self defense cartridge in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The .38 S&W has a bullet diameter or .361" roughly, versus the 38 Special’s .357-.358" roughly. Why then would someone purchase this by mistake? Enter the Smith and Wesson Victory models. Most were part of the Lend-Lease program in WW2, the British empire had chosen to use the 38 S&W as the base cartridge, removing the original projectile and replacing it with a whopping 200 grain bullet. (.380-200). While most where originally chambered for this cartridge, some were produced for the U.S. Military and chambered in the now common 38 special. Some of the “British” revolvers had “converted” to use the 38 special, but with the differences in bullet diameter, the accuracy is simply none existent.
Let me know some of the stories you guys have come across and any feedback is much appreciated.