.577 Snider

The .577 Snider cartridge was a British black powder metallic cartridge, which fired a 14.7-millimetre (0.577 in), 31-gram (480 gr) lead projectile, primarily used in the Snider–Enfield rifle.

.577 Snider
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(From Left to Right): A .577 Snider cartridge, a Zulu War–era rolled brass foil .577/450 Martini–Henry Cartridge, a later drawn brass .577/450 Martini–Henry cartridge, and a .303 British Mk VII SAA Ball cartridge
Place of originBritain
Service history
Used byBritish
Production history
Bullet diameter.570 in (14.5 mm)
Neck diameter.602 in (15.3 mm)
Base diameter.660 in (16.8 mm)
Rim diameter.747 in (19.0 mm)
Rim thickness.065 in (1.7 mm)
Case length2.0 in (51 mm)
Overall length2.45 in (62 mm)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
450 gr (29 g) lead 1,300 ft/s (400 m/s) 1,689 ft⋅lbf (2,290 J)
Source(s): The Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions, by John J. Donnelly, Stoeger Publishing, 1987, ISBN 978-0-88317-269-8. p. 686.

Early .577 Snider cartridges were made from a composite design using paper and brass foil with a stamped metallic base and primer, much like the first generation of Martini-Henry cartridges. Later cartridges (after the design had been proved with the Martini-Henry cartridges) were made from drawn brass, much like modern small arms ammunition. The .577 Snider cartridge was eventually replaced in service by the .577/450 Martini–Henry cartridge in the 1870s. The .577 Snider cartridge is considered by most commentators to be obsolete, with large scale commercial production having ceased in the 1930s. However, as of 2012, cases, bullets and cartridges as well as others of the .577 family are available from Tenbury Guns Limited (company dissolved 31 May 2016) in the United Kingdom. New brass can be formed from a 24 gauge hull and reloading dies are available from Lee. As of 2015, Kynamco Kynoch in the United Kingdom and Bertram in Australia are also producing ready-made brass.[citation needed]

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  • The Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions, by John J. Donnelly, Stoeger Publishing, 1987, p. 686. ISBN 978-0-88317-269-8.
  • Cartridges of the World, 4th Edition, p. 218.

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