6 x 52 R Bretschneider

Reloading data for 6 x 52 R Bretschneider cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_965
Load data for caliber "6 x 52 R Bretschneider"
The 6 x 52 R Bretschneider cartridge is a European rifle cartridge that was developed in the late 19th century by the German gunmaker Franz Bretschneider. It was designed as a hunting cartridge and was intended for use in combination guns, which are firearms that can fire multiple types of ammunition.

The "6" in the cartridge name refers to the caliber of the bullet, which is 6mm. The "52" refers to the length of the cartridge case, which is 52mm. The "R" in the cartridge name stands for Rimmed, which indicates that the cartridge has a rim at the base of the case that is larger in diameter than the body of the case.

The 6 x 52 R Bretschneider cartridge was popular in Europe for many years, particularly in Germany and Austria. It was widely used for hunting until the mid-20th century, when it began to be replaced by more modern cartridges that offered improved performance. Today, the cartridge is still used by some hunters and shooters, but it is less common than it once was.

In terms of performance, the 6 x 52 R Bretschneider is a moderately powerful cartridge that is suitable for hunting medium and large game animals at moderate ranges. It typically fires a bullet weighing between 80 and 100 grains at a muzzle velocity of around 2,600 feet per second. While it is not as powerful as some of the more modern cartridges available today, it is still capable of taking down most game animals with a well-placed shot.

The 6 x 52 R Bretschneider cartridge was influential in the development of other cartridges, particularly in the development of the 6.5x52mm Carcano cartridge used by the Italian military. The Carcano cartridge was based on the 6 x 52 R case, which was shortened and necked up to accept a 6.5mm bullet. The Carcano cartridge was used by the Italian military from the late 19th century until the end of World War II, and it remains a popular cartridge among collectors and shooters today.

You find 6 x 52 R Bretschneider 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: 6 x 52 R Bretschneider
Cartridge Type: Rimmed
Bullet Diameter: 0.243 '' | 6.17 mm
Primer Size: Large Rifle (LR)
Max. Case Length (l3):2.04'' | 51.82 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:2.56'' | 65.02 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:47863.2 psi | 3300 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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