5 mm/35 SMc

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5 mm/35 SMc
5mm-35 SMc Ammo.jpg
5 mm/35 SMc cartridges
Type Rifle
Place of origin USA
Production history
Designer Michael McPherson and Byrom Smalley
Designed 2004
Parent case 6mm BR
Bullet diameter .204 in (5.2 mm)
Shoulder diameter .4598 in (11.68 mm)
Base diameter .4709 in (11.96 mm)
Rim diameter .4728 in (12.01 mm)
Rim thickness .0157 in (0.40 mm)
Case length 1.556 in (39.5 mm)
Overall length 2.03 in (52 mm)
Rifling twist 1-12
Primer type small rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
32 gr (2 g) BT 4,650 ft/s (1,420 m/s) 1,535 ft⋅lbf (2,081 J)
39 gr (3 g) BT 4,250 ft/s (1,300 m/s) 1,564 ft⋅lbf (2,120 J)
Source(s): Superior Ballistics

5 mm/35 SMc is a high performance 5 mm (.20 inch) cartridge. Designed by Michael McPherson and Byrom Smalley[1] and like all of their other designs carries the "SMc" moniker as well as being patented.[2]


SMc cartridges were developed in an attempt to produce an efficient cartridge combining low recoil, low heat, and high velocity.[3] The 5 mm/35 SMc has produced velocities in excess of 4,800 ft/s (1,500 m/s) shooting a 30-grain (1.9 g) molybdenum disulfide-coated Berger bullet from a 28 inches (71 cm) Pac-Nor barrel, far higher than its commercial counterpart the .204 Ruger.

Although it is a wildcat cartridge, rifles chambered for 5mm/35 are available from the custom shop at Savage Arms.[4]

The patents for the cartridge are US 7210260 , US 7086336  and US 2003079639 .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biographies. SBI. Accessed March 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Johnson, Norman E (July 2006). "The 5mm/35 SMc Cartridge in a Custom Savage Model 12". Varmint Hunter. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Mission Statement at Superior Ballistics Inc.
  4. ^ Madelon, Kimberly. "Varminter in 5/35 SMC". Rifle Shooter. Retrieved 3 October 2010.