**Another breed of cat entirely is what I call the "pure" wildcat. Most of these can't be safely fired in a factory chamber, and though there are exceptions that will be noted later, the essence of most of these hot cats is driving a bullet faster than possible with factory or even Improved calibers. To this end, generations of wildcatters have labored mightily at their workbenches and in their imaginations. Some overenthusiastic experimenters tend to equate velocity with virility, and more than a few rifles have come unglued at their less-than-gentle urgings. This is why a popular maxim in the shooting game has it that you can always recognize wildcatters because they tend to be missing a few fingers and other miscellaneous parts. But to be fair, wildcatters have developed cartridges that evolved into some of our best and most popular factory rounds. These include such standbys as the .22 Hornet, .22/250 Rem., .243 Win., 6mm Rem., .25/06, .260 and 7mm/08 Rems., .35 Whelen, etc. In fact, it can be fairly claimed that all cartridges were born of wildcat lineage.