.255 Jeffery Rook

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.255 Jeffery Rook
Type Rifle
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Production history
Designer W.J. Jeffery & Co
Case type Rimmed, bottleneck
Bullet diameter .255 in (6.5 mm)
Shoulder diameter .274 in (7.0 mm)
Base diameter .344 in (8.7 mm)
Rim diameter .401 in (10.2 mm)
Case length 1.15 in (29 mm)
Overall length 1.43 in (36 mm)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
65 gr (4 g) 1,200 ft/s (370 m/s) 208 ft⋅lbf (282 J)
Source(s): Cartridges of the World.[1]

The .255 Jeffery Rook, also known as the .255 Jeffery Rook Rifle, is an obsolete small bore firearm cartridge.


The .255 Jeffery Rook is a rimmed centerfire cartridge. It was loaded with both black powder and smokeless powders, usually with a 65 gr (4.2 g) lead solid or hollowpoint bullet at a standard muzzle velocity of 1,200 ft/s (370 m/s).[1][2]

The .255 Jeffery Rook was developed by W.J. Jeffery & Co and originally designed for use in rook rifles for hunting small game and target shooting. It gained an excellent reputation for accuracy and was widely used for target shooting before being superseded by the .22 Long Rifle as a miniature target round, and it was also chambered in some single-shot pistols.[2]

Major Percy Powell-Cotton carried a W.J. Jeffery & Co rook rifle chambered in .255 Jeffery Rook on a number of his expeditions stating it "is often better than the shot-gun for collecting specimens and providing for the pot."[3]

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  1. ^ a b Frank C. Barnes, Cartridges of the World, 15th ed, Gun Digest Books, Iola, 2016, ISBN 978-1-4402-4642-5.
  2. ^ a b Imperial War Museums, ".255 Jeffery rook rifle", iwm.org.uk, retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ Major P.H.G. Powell-Cotton, In unknown Africa: a narrative of twenty months' travel and sport in unknown lands and among new tribes, Hurst & Blackett, London, 1904.

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