.465 Holland & Holland Magnum
Type Rifle
Place of origin22x20px UK
Production history
DesignerHolland & Holland
Parent case.378 Weatherby Magnum
Case typeBelted rimless bottlenecked
Bullet diameter.468 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter.494 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Shoulder diameter.531 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter.582 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter.579 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim thickness.063 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length2.894 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length3.550 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case capacity134 gr H2O (Bad rounding hereScript error cm3)
Primer typeLarge rifle, magnum
Maximum pressure62,366 psi (Bad rounding hereScript error MPa)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
480 gr (Script error g) SP/Solid 2,375 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s) 6,012 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)

The .465 Holland & Holland Magnum also known as the .465 Holland & Holland Belted Rimless or more simply as the .465 H&H Magnum, is a modern big bore firearms cartridge introduced by Holland & Holland in 2003 together with the .400 H&H Magnum. The .465 H&H Magnum is a .468 caliber, belted, rimless bottlenecked cartridge. The cartridge is a necked-up, shoulder-lowered tapered cartridge based on the .378 Weatherby Magnum case.

General informationEdit

Holland & Holland began receiving requests from potential customers for a cartridge that would provide more power than the .375 H&H Magnum. Holland & Holland director Russell Wilkins undertook the project which culminated in the .400 H&H Magnum and the .465 H&H Magnum cartridge designs. The original design requirements called for a muzzle energy of over 6,000 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J). To meet this requirement Holland & Holland chose the .460 Weatherby Magnum case as a starting point in their design.[1]

This .465 H&H Magnum cartridge is not the same as the famous .500/465 Nitro Express also designed by Holland & Holland for "India" double rifles. The .500/465 Nitro Express is the only other cartridge with the same bullet diameter as the .465 H&H Magnum. Both cartridges are designed to fire a 480 grains (Bad rounding hereScript error g). .468 caliber (11.89 mm) bullet. Although, the cartridge is capable of operating at rather high pressures, Holland & Holland chose to load the cartridge to a moderate pressure of around 47,000 psi (Bad rounding hereScript error bar). The moderate pressure of the cartridge ensures reliability and safety in the tropical climes in which the cartridge was intended to be used. Furthermore, the taper and shallow shoulder of the cartridge aids in the smooth, reliable feeding and extraction.[2]

The .465 H&H Magnum is an excellent cartridge for all-around game and African dangerous game including the Big 5. It has a similar trajectory to that of the .375 H&H Magnum.[1] It is considered as the best-balanced cartridge for hunting dangerous game in India.[3]

Ammunition for the .465 H&H Magnum is being manufactured by Wolfgang Romey for Holland & Holland.


As of December 2010 neither the CIP nor SAAMI have published specifications for the .465 H&H Magnum. The cartridge is considered a proprietary cartridge at present as no other manufacturer offers rifles or ammunition in the .465 H&H Magnum.

The .465 H&H Magnum is based on the .460 Weatherby Magnum case, itself based on the .378 Weatherby Magnum. The .378 Wea. Mag. was itself based on adding a belt to the .416 Rigby case & giving it a Weatherby double radius shoulder. Holland & Holland took the .460 Weatherby case and moved the shoulder back, creating a longer neck for the cartridge, and increased the body taper of the cartridge to improve feeding reliability. The case is also necked up to accept a .465 caliber (11.65 mm) bullet.

.465 Holland & Holland Magnum cartridge dimensions – all dimensions in mm (in)
.465 Holland & Holland Magnum cartridge schematic: All dimensions in millimeters [inches].

Rifles chambered for the .465 H&H Magnum have a bore ∅ of 11.65 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in) and a groove ∅ of 11.87 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in). Twist rate for rifles can range from one revolution in 406 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in) to 711 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in). The maximum average pressure suggested for the cartridge is 4,300 bar (Bad rounding hereScript error psi).


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