Rifle Ammo

Federal Ammunition 100th...

Federal Ammunition — celebrating its centennial year in 2022 — rose from a defunct shotshell factory into an industry powerhouse now partnered with...
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The .308 Winchester

My all-time favorite hunting rifle has been a 1952 vintage Winchester Model 70 Featherweight chambered for a cartridge introduced that same year — the...
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French 1886 Lebel

In the history of firearms, the French Mle.1886 rifle — unofficially and universally nicknamed the “Lebel” — looms large as the weapon making all...
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Casting Mil-Surp Bullets

For me, one of the joys of having a large collection of military surplus rifles is shooting cast bullets through them. Loaded to 1,500 to 1,800 fps, cast...
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The .35 Remington

In the early 20th century, the powers at Remington were looking forward. They viewed the levergun — the king of rifles at the time — as somewhat...
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‘What’s your favorite...

Friends and relatives sometimes ask for advice on cartridge choice for big game hunting and they seem surprised I don’t have any particular favorites.
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Levergun Leverage

In 1855, partners Smith & Wesson, Horace and Daniel, formed the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company to improve upon the Rocket Ball lever action design of one...
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The Revived Remington

Most of the shooting world knows by now the Remington Arms Company we all were familiar with in the past is no longer with us today.
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The Mysterious Jacob Rifle

Some rifles are so obscure and so out of reach, they haunt you for a lifetime — the Jacob has haunted me for a lifetime. Lyman’s 1958 release of their...
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Dinosaur Mold & The .454...

Deep within the belly of social media, amongst tiered special-interest groups, you’ll find “bullet casters” at the bottom of the heap.
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Feed Your G3 For Pennies...

The ammo shortage is no longer news and has sharply limited most of our ability to practice.
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MP’s 358-180 RFGC Bullet...

When it comes to casting bullets and handloading, versatility is my favorite word.
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.35 Rem. Cast Bullets for...

All the .35 Rem.-chambered Marlins I have ever experienced have Micro-Groove barrels and this can sometimes be a problem with cast bullets.
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The .44 WCF Or .44-40

The first successful repeating lever-action rifle was the 1860 Henry. B. Tyler Henry was Oliver Winchester’s shop foreman at New Haven Arms and the Henry...
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Ruger .44 Magnum Carbines

Ruger has offered pistol-caliber carbines over the last 60 years chambered in .44 Magnum, including two semi-automatics, the Deerstalker and Deerfield, as...
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Northern Precision’s ...

The .405 Winchester was designed in 1904 for the Winchester 1895 lever gun.
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Crazy Cartridge Confusion...

In the beginning, Oliver Winchester’s company brought forth the first really successful repeating firearm with the .44 Henry levergun. When the bullet was...
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Trading Trials &...

Inside is a .17 HMR Ruger American stainless steel, black synthetic bolt-rifle, with target knob. The barrel is 18″ and threaded, should I want to...
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The Magnificent 500 S&W Magnum

If ever a cartridge were worthy of Magna Cum Laude status, the 500 S&W Magnum would hold those prestigious honors!
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THE .32 WCF

Of all the popular Old West cartridges the .32 WCF/.32-20 has lacked popularity with me. I don’t know why exactly.
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The Special .32 Special

The .32 Winchester Special is a cartridge I’ve never really understood, but it played a rather important role in my early life.
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Cast Bullets and Old...

As this is written, the United States is perhaps experiencing the worst ammunition and reloading component shortage since World War II.
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Secret Files & Fatal...

If you’re squeamish, or prone to vasovagal syncope — grab the smelling salts. I’m about to reveal something few, if anyone, knows.
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Must-Have Air Accessories

One of my COVID projects was reorganizing the man cave. The process gave me a great opportunity to reminisce, tinker and appreciate the airgun gear I turn...
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The .308, the original...

A reader asked — “Why have you never written about the .308 Winchester cartridge?” Well, why not now? Should be great fun!
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Duke’s years as a...

Readers of my work over the decades may be surprised to learn my primary rifle interest in the late 1970s to early 1980s was varmint rifles and many of my...
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In Praise of the .257...

My .257 Weatherby, that is. Actually, I like the .257 for hunting in most locations, but I associate it most with Africa
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Old west big fifties

From the advent of metallic cartridge ammunition unto this day, .50 caliber rifles have won the hearts and minds of American riflemen.
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The .300 Savage

A swatch of color reined me in. Over the next hour several elk winked in and out of timber below but the slope was rock-rolling steep.
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Rossi R92 Re-do

A while back I wrote up the stainless-steel Rossi R92 lever gun, chambered in 454 Casull. Being so impressed with its good manners, it was purchased.
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