Charles Newton: The Forgotten History of the Wildcatter Who Created the .22 and .250 Savage
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On this episode of the Resistance Library Podcast Sam and Dave talk about the wildcatter, Charles Newton.    Wildcatters are a specific subset of firearms enthusiasts – nerds among nerds, if you will. And their king is Charles Newton.   Newton was an attorney whose wildcatting was a hobby, not a career. However, his work in the world of wildcatting resulted in what is a sort of crowning achievement for a wildcatter: A company took up one of his creations, the .22 Savage Hi-Power, which Savage Arms began making officially in 1912. Soon after this, Savage began manufacturing the .250-3000 Savage (also known as the 250 Savage).   The 22 Savage boasted a high velocity for the time it was developed, which in turn led to a shocking display of power. Its killing power was seen as nothing short of miraculous for larger prey with relatively soft skin, such as tigers – this was the golden era of big-game hunting and the African safari. Reverend H. R. Caldwell brought notoriety to the round by using it to bag 400-pound tigers in China. This was exploited to great effect in the early advertising for the round.   You can read the full article “Charles Newton: The Forgotten History of the Wildcatter Who Created the .22 and .250 Savage” at   For $20 off your $200 purchase, go to (a special deal for our listeners).   Follow Sam Jacobs on Twitter:   And check out our sponsor, Libertas Bella, for all of your favorite 2nd Amendment shirts at   Helpful Links: 
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