December 4th, 2011

FREE Official Cartridge Diagrams on SAAMI Website

SAAMI, the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, is an association of the nation’s leading manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and components. Founded in 1926, SAAMI promulgates industry standards for firearms ammunition safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality.

SAAMI Cartridge Diagrams

New SAAMI Website Offers Free, Printable Cartridge Diagrams
SAAMI recently rolled out a new website loaded with invaluable info for shooters. From the new SAAMI site you can access hundreds of FREE official cartridge diagrams and chamber drawings for all ammo types: Rimfire, Pistol Cartridges, Rifle Cartridges, and Shotshells. Are you looking for the official 17 HMR diagram, or 6.5 Creedmoor, or 7mm Winchester Short Magnum? You’ll find them all, along with hundreds more, on the SAAMI site. Said Rick Patterson, SAAMI’s managing director. “This redesigned website will help provide greater visibility and understanding of SAAMI’s important work.”

Please Read These Instructions Carefully
To access the diagrams, go to SAAMI’s Information & Specs webpage (sample above), and CLICK ON “Cartridge and Chamber Drawings” to reveal categories. Then click on a category: Rimfire, Pistol/Revolver, Rifle, or Shotshell. This will launch a PDF file in your browser (if you have the Adobe Acrobat extension installed). Once the PDF file loads, then put your mouse over a cartridge title (e.g. “6.5 Creedmoor”) and click. When you click the title, the official SAAMI chamber drawing for that cartridge will load. It may not be obvious, but Cartridge Titles in the list ARE hot-linked to the drawings. YOU MUST CLICK THE TITLE OF EACH CARTRIDGE to SEE the MATCHING DIAGRAM.

Below is a sample of the first page of the Rifle Cartridge Diagram List.
Red arrows show you where to click, after you launch that page.

SAAMI Cartridge Diagrams

SAAMI Standards Documents With Additional Info
You can also click the subcategory links under SAAMI/ANSI Standards to see multiple diagrams in a larger PDF file. You may have to click the SAAMI/ANSI standards line first to display the four sub-categories: Pistol/Revolver, Centerfire Rifle, Rimfire, and Shotshell.

Credit Boyd Allen for finding SAAMI’s Cartridge Diagram PDF Archive.

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