The .219 Donaldson Wasp was first developed in the 1930's as a
wildcat cartridge. It is based upon the .38-55 case design, but
shortened, and necked down to accept .22 caliber bullets. This cartridge
is reknowned for its accuracy, and it was very popular for benchrest
shooting during the 1940's. The .219 Donaldson Wasp lost popularity in
the 1950's, due to competition from the .222 Remington.
This text is based on information from “Cartridges of the
World”, Hodgdon reloading manual, the cartridge designer and/or