.218 Bee

Reloading data for .218 Bee cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_53
Load data for caliber ".218 Bee"
The .218 Bee is a centerfire rifle cartridge that was introduced by Winchester in 1937. It is based on the .25-20 Winchester cartridge, which was originally a black powder cartridge designed for use in small-game rifles.

The .218 Bee cartridge uses a necked-down case to accept .224-inch diameter bullets, and it is designed for use in single-shot and bolt-action rifles. It was originally intended for small game and varmint hunting, but it has also been used for target shooting and plinking.

While the .218 Bee cartridge was popular in the mid-20th century, it is not as widely used today as some other varmint cartridges such as the .223 Remington or .22-250 Remington. Nonetheless, it has a dedicated following among hunters and shooters who appreciate its accuracy, low recoil, and flat trajectory. Ammunition for the .218 Bee can still be found from several ammunition manufacturers.

You find .218 Bee with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .218 Bee
Cartridge Type: Rimmed
Bullet Diameter: 0.224 '' | 5.69 mm
Primer Size: Small Rifle (SR)
Max. Case Length (l3):1.34'' | 34.16 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:1.68'' | 42.67 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:46412.8 psi | 3200 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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