.425 Westley Richards
The .425 Westley Richards is one of the classic African big-game rounds. It is a cartridge invented by Leslie Taylor of Westley Richards, a gunmaking firm of Birmingham England in 1909 as a proprietary cartridge for their bolt action rifles. The round has the unusual characteristic of having a rebated rim, one that is smaller in diameter than the case body. This allowed it to be used in converted Mauser 98 magazine rifles with a standard (.30-06 size) magazine length and bolt face. The rebated rim also allowed Government Game Officers to use stripper clips for rapid reloads when culling rogue animals.
|.425 Westley Richards|
|Place of origin||England|
|Case type||Rebated rim, bottleneck|
|Bullet diameter||.435 in (11.0 mm)|
|Neck diameter||.456 in (11.6 mm)|
|Shoulder diameter||.540 in (13.7 mm)|
|Base diameter||.543 in (13.8 mm)|
|Rim diameter||.467 in (11.9 mm)|
|Case length||2.64 in (67 mm)|
|Overall length||3.30 in (84 mm)|
|Source(s): "Cartridges of the World"|
- Barnes, Frank C. (2006) . Skinner, Stan (ed.). Cartridges of the World (11th ed.). Iola, WI, USA: Gun Digest Books. pp. 396, 408, 411. ISBN 0-89689-297-2.