Handgun Cartridge Detail

Cartridge Specifications for Caliber: .218 BEE
.218 BEE
.218 BEE
Case Type: Rimmed, bottleneck
Introduced: 1938 Made For:Rifle
Cart Len:1.680-in Case Len:1.345-in
Case Dia:0.347-in Bul Dia:0.225-in
Ballistics approximated for:
7.5-inch revolver barrel
Cartridge Variants:
From:40 gr2157 ft/sec413 ft-lbs
To:50 gr1767 ft/sec347 ft-lbs
Cartridge Used in Database
46 gr2053 ft/sec431 ft-lbs
Rankings for
Cartridge Used in Database
PF: 94439 TKO: 3.029

Introduced by Winchester, the .218 BEE was originally developed for the Model 65 lever-action rifle. Today Ruger, Marlin, Thompson/Center and Browning chamber guns for this cartridge. The cartridge design is based on a .32-20 case necked-down to .22 caliber. The larger case provides a somewhat greater powder capacity and as such, a higher velocity and greater effective range than the .22 Hornet. While still an effective cartridge, the .218 BEE has been largely displaced by the .223 Remington and .22-250 Remington.