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Underrated...

As a shooter, handloader, varmint/big game hunter and competitor, I think several guns and calibers are underrated. It seems media hype often leads less...
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Jacketed Bullets...

Does anyone really know when modern jacketed bullets began to appear in sixgun cartridges? Yes, I know all about FMJ .45 ACP bullets used in both Smith &...
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Black Powder...

By 1850, Colt had the .44 Dragoon, the .31 Pocket Pistols and the 1851 Navy .36. The Dragoons were too large and heavy for most to consider carrying on the...
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Roy Huntington with the Lee Precision Ultimate Turret Press
Review: Lee...

Tired of wearing yourself out loading on a single-stage press? Lee Precision's Ultimate Turret Press can load a cartridge from “empty case to loaded...
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AGS Brass Case...

At last year’s SHOT Show, I met the Serbian inventor of what I’d argue is the very best semi-automatic case annealer. It handles cases with bases from...
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One-Stroke Gas Check Making Die
One-Stroke Gas...

Die-cast bullet shooters like me who like their handloads zippy, but failed to stock up on gas checks, cried bitter tears during the COVID ammo shortage.
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Becoming a Gun Plumber

In case you aren’t aware, a “gun plumber” is an oft-derogatory term for someone who works on firearms despite a lack of proper tools, basic knowledge...
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Black Powder Cartridges...

The .45 Colt cartridge consists of a 250- to 255-grain bullet over 40 grains of black powder, at least according to the prevailing wisdom.
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The .38 Special in .357...

Sixty years ago, .357 Magnum ammunition was difficult to find and .357 Magnum brass was virtually nonexistent, unless one bought a box of new ammunition and...
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Black Powder Paper Cartridges

There is just as much to learn, maybe more, and a lot of experimenting possible, with the use of black powder and one of the things we can experiment with...
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Linebaugh Light Loads

One thing handloading has taught me over the years is there’s two ways of doing it. When most start handloading, they look at maximum loads, wondering if...
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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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Black Powder Sixguns

Looking for the best load for percussion sixguns is not all that different from cartridge-firing sixguns in the endless possibility of choices
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Tank’s Five Favorite...

Of all the cartridges I load, the .45 Colt is my favorite. Sure, there are better cartridges for certain applications, but no other cartridge stands-in and...
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Cast Loads For...

In a world of striker-fired, poly-framed, semi-auto shell shuckers, Springfield Armory surprised everyone with an old school, forged billet all-steel shooter.
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Favorite .44 Bullets

We are told there is no such thing as a magic bullet. Perhaps so; however, when it comes to the .44 Magnum there is one that comes almighty close.
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Alliant’s Red Dot and...

Everything about sixgun power changed when the .44 Magnum arrived in late 1955.
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hornet handguns
Hornet Handguns

Today we have a long, long list of repeating rifles available chambered in cartridges designed for long-range varmints and small game hunting. A century ago...
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revolvers with Alliant powder
Connecting The (Alliant) Dots

Alliant Powder, formerly Hercules, offers three Dot powders, namely Red Dot, Green Dot and Blue Dot.
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Case Prep

To most, reloading is a simple, straightforward task. Resize the case, insert a primer, the powder and seat a bullet.
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Jacketed Bullets in .44...

Today we have all kinds of jacketed bullets for every conceivable cartridge, even though there are shortages from time to time because of the heavy buying...
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Alliant’s Sport Pistol...

Sport Pistol is a relatively new powder from Alliant designed specifically for handgun use.
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Loading The 9mm

Even though a dozen or so 9mm cartridges arrived in the 20th century, today when we say “9mm” virtually everyone knows exactly which 9mm we are talking...
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Taking a Tumble: Winter is...

Here we are, a month into winter, and I can think of no better time of year to head to the loading bench to reconstitute my ammunition supply. First though,...
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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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Reloading Room...

Organizing your reloading room may take a little bit of time on the front-end, but it makes the process much more efficient.
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The German .30 Luger

When it comes to the absolute embodiment of cool, Germany’s .30 Luger has been at the top of the heap since its adoption.
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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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Tools You Can Gift...

Let's face it. Most of us end up shopping for ourselves in the process of looking for others, making it even harder for our loved ones to choose the right...
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Mold addict!

No doubt about it — I’m an addict. But, not for any sort of chemical substance. I’m a bullet mold addict! Here’s some evidence.
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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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Hercules 2400 Smokeless Powder

Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to see the development of new propellants formulated to wring everything possible out of a particular cartridge. The...
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Handloading for Medium and...

I have been loading for the .38 Special since 1956/57. In those early years my sixguns were a Ruger .357 Blackhawk 4-5/8" Flat-Top and a Smith & Wesson .357...
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