.240 Apex

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.240 Magnum Rimless
Type Rifle
Place of origin England
Production history
Designer Holland & Holland
Designed 1920
Manufacturer Holland & Holland
Specifications
Case type Belted rimless
Bullet diameter .245 in (6.2 mm)
Neck diameter .274 in (7.0 mm)
Shoulder diameter .403 in (10.2 mm)
Base diameter .450 in (11.4 mm)
Rim diameter .467 in (11.9 mm)
Rim thickness .035 in (0.89 mm)
Case length 2.49 in (63 mm)
Overall length 3.21 in (82 mm)
Primer type Kynoch # 81
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
100 gr (6 g) SP 2,900 ft/s (880 m/s) 1,865 ft⋅lbf (2,529 J)
Source(s): Cartridges of the World.[1]
.240 Magnum Flanged
Specifications
Case type Rimmed
Bullet diameter .245 in (6.2 mm)
Neck diameter .274 in (7.0 mm)
Shoulder diameter .402 in (10.2 mm)
Base diameter .448 in (11.4 mm)
Rim diameter .513 in (13.0 mm)
Rim thickness UNK
Case length 2.5 in (64 mm)
Overall length 3.25 in (83 mm)
Primer type Kynoch # 81
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
100 gr (6 g) SN 2,775 ft/s (846 m/s) 1,711 ft⋅lbf (2,320 J)
Test barrel length: 28
Source(s): Kynoch Ammunition.[2]

The .240 Magnum Rimless Holland & Holland (also known as the .240 Apex and the .240 Super Express) and the .240 Magnum Flanged are a pair of centrefire sporting rifle cartridges developed in English gunmakers Holland & Holland in the 1920s, primarily for use in hunting deer and plains game.[1]

Overview[edit]

The ballistic performance of the .240 H&H in factory loads is very similar to that of the .243 Winchester, with a 100-grain (6.5 g) bullet with a diameter of .245 inches (contrary to the .240 name) giving a muzzle velocity of approximately 2,900 feet per second (880 m/s). When it is loaded at the same pressure as the .243 WSSM using modern powders, the .240 H&H has the potential for slightly better performance.[3]

Most bolt-action rifles made for the .240 H&H will be amply strong enough to handle handloaded cartridges at high pressure.

.240 H&H Performance Comparison
Cartridge Bullet weight Muzzle velocity Muzzle energy
.240 H&H Magnum 100 gr (6.5 g) 2,900 ft/s (880 m/s) 1,865 ft⋅lbf (2,529 J)
.240 Weatherby Magnum 100 gr (6.5 g) 3,406 ft/s (1,038 m/s) 2,576 ft⋅lbf (3,493 J)
.243 Winchester 100 gr (6.5 g) 2,960 ft/s (900 m/s) 1,945 ft⋅lbf (2,637 J)
.243 Winchester Super Short Magnum 100 gr (6.5 g) 3,110 ft/s (950 m/s) 2,147 ft⋅lbf (2,911 J)
.244 H&H Magnum 100 gr (6.5 g) 3,500 ft/s (1,100 m/s) 2,720 ft⋅lbf (3,690 J)
6 mm Remington 100 gr (6.5 g) 3,100 ft/s (940 m/s) 2,133 ft⋅lbf (2,892 J)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barnes, Frank C., Cartridges of the World, 15th ed, Gun Digest Books, Iola, 2016, ISBN 978-1-4402-4642-5.
  2. ^ Kynoch Ammunition, "Big Game Cartridges", www.kynochammunition.co.uk, archived, 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ "The .240 Apex" by Chuck Hawks