.405 Winchester

Friday, July 17th, 2020

.405 Winchester

Introduced on 1904 for the Winchester 1895 lever action rifle the .405 Winchester is one of the most powerful rimmed cartridges designed for lever action rifles. Winchester manufacture this round in the Model 1895 Single Shot, and it was manufactured in the Remington-Lee bolt action rifle, with numerous British and European companies manufacturing it in double rifles. It is also available in the Ruger No. 1 Tropical Single shot rifle.

The following is a quote from one of Roosevelts lion hunts:

But as we stood, one of the porters behind called out “Simba”; and we caught a glimpse of a big lioness galloping down beside the trees, just beyond the donga…Tarlton took his big double-barrel and advised me to take mine, as the sun had just set and it was likely to be close work; but I shook my head, for the Winchester 405 is, at least for me personally, the “medicine gun” for lions.” [1]

Theodore Roosevelt praised his 1895 Winchester as the “medicine gun” for lions and is capable of propelling a 300 grain, .411” dia. bullet at 2,200 fps with 3,224 ft. lbs. of energy at the muzzle. It has taken big game in Africa and is more than adequate for any game in North America.

Roberson Cartridge Company is a custom manufacture of Vintage, Obsolete, Hard to Find and Wildcat calibers.

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[1] Roosevelt, Theodore. “Trekking Through the Thirst to the Sotik.” African Game Trails. New York: Charles Schribner’s Sons, 1910. 166-67. Print.