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Acme ‘Lipstick’ Bullets

The Acme Bullet Company itself labels these as “Lipstick” Bullets, due to the bright red coating.
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Swaging Satisfaction

I have been reloading for over 45 years and casting my own bullets for almost as long. The main reason I got into loading and casting, like many others, was...
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Handloading With Acme...

My copy of the Oxford Dictionary defines “Acme” as “the highest point; the peak of perfection.”
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Levergun Loads: The .41 Magnum

I spotted what looked to be a pre-Remington Marlin levergun on the used gun rack in a local shop.
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SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 2

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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The .375 Winchester

The .375 Winchester was introduced in 1978 and is a modernized version of the .38-55 Winchester from the 1880s.
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SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 1

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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Reloading the 7.62x39

I have found the 7.62x39mm cartridge quite intriguing over the years, however I never spent time with much serious reloading for two reasons:
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Lyman Electronic Digital ...

When you’re a firearms journalist, one of the standard tools of the trade is a trigger pull gauge.
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Handguns Of WWII Part 13

My attitude is the major handgun cartridges which saw significant combat in World War II in the hands of infantrymen number seven.
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Dial Keith-358429

If Elmer Keith were alive today, I imagine him pushing up his famous wide-brimmed Stetson, grinning at all the options available for his famous 358429 cast...
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Trail-Bossin’ Trappers

Even though I’m stuck here in the second decade of the 21st century, my shooting soul still goes back to the couple decades before and after the turn of...
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Cimarron’s Colt...

Charles Richards was an assistant factory superintendent at Colt and was awarded three major patents for breech loading firearms, including the Richards...
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The .44 Magnum Opus

The .44 Magnum has now been around for well over 60 years and it seems like a good time to look back at this excellent — perhaps even all around —...
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Hunting With Gibbs

The Springfield had been restocked in plain walnut, carefully inletted. Its shape and age-hardened Pachmayr pad, I figured, dated it to the ’60s. The...
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The .45 Auto Rim

What do you do when you find yourself at war without either the needed weapons nor the ability to produce them as fast as you need them? The answer? Improvise.
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The .455 Webley: Part 2

It’s a whole lot easier to remove metal than to replace it. This is especially true when working with firearms — particularly in the sad case of the...
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Feed The Beast

Fifty BMG. Say it out loud. Let the words roll off your tongue. Now can you feel it? The tingly rush you inevitably got is a tiny surge in serum...
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Rubber Bullet Plinkin'

Some out-of-town visitors told me how much fun they had shooting cowboy guns at a local dude ranch. Knowing the dude ranch was within the city limits, I...
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A “Special” Love

Like so many shooters my age, I began handloading with the .38 Special in 1966. Throughout life I’ve been a “lister” — my made-up word for someone...
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Voices From The Past: Part 2

Last month we looked at thoughts on semi-auto pistols made five generations ago or so. Now as we turn to double-action revolvers we need to set the stage....
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The .256 Winchester Magnum

In the early 1960s there was a great deal of interest in long-range, small-bore handgun cartridges. Remington introduced the radical (at the time) XP-100...
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Loading For .32 Leverguns

Short-action leverguns were the high-capacity “assault rifles” of the frontier period. The .44 Rimfire and .44-40 lever actions were necessary equipment...
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Double-Action Dash

There was a time not too many years ago when it was possible to find small gun shops every few miles. There’s still one about 20 miles south of town and I...
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Super 6.5

When the .26 Nosler cartridge was announced in late 2013, some older hunters wondered why we needed a hot 6.5mm, when America’s other “magnum” 6.5...
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UpLULA Magazine Loader

Loading magazines is one of the challenges new shooters always encounter — especially people with hand-strength or pain issues. For years I taught people...
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Combat Copper Fouling!

When you shoot jacketed bullets, barrel fouling can occur and there’s not much we can do except just keep shooting — then clean. Cleaning has been made...
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Last Gun To Go?

When a visitor recently asked me, “Which gun would you sell dead last?” I couldn’t give an answer.
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The .38-40

The year 1873 saw Colt introduce the Single Action Army in .45 Colt and Winchester upgrade the Yellow Boy to the Model of 1873, chambered in the equally new...
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Alternative Varmint Whackers

As rimfire riflemen and pistoleros, we love our HP ammo for enhanced performance, but over the years there’ve been plenty of alternative bullet styles...
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