Category Archives: The Arts of the Fusilier

The “Arts of The Fusilier” is an assembly of anecdotes and factoids regarding the shooting sports. It is being assembled strictly for Sh*ts & Giggles and should not be interpreted as having any merit or instructional content whatsoever. Any decision on the reader’s part to take any of the content herein provided as being a good idea is completely misguided and is strongly discouraged. Have fun reading but take nothing seriously!

OK, So, You’re Ready to Make Ammo? or Fill ‘Em and Stuff in the Cork

OK, as I am completing this post, I am realizing that it gonna be a really really long one. So, sit back pour yourself your desired libation and relax.  I promise you that it takes a much shorter time to … Continue reading

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Complete Case Prep – The Easy Way and The Hard Way!

Cases, What Made Repeating Arms Possible! When you fire a cartridge, a great many functions are performed by the cartridge case. But let’s begin with chambering the round. The completed cartridge transports, the primer, the powder charge and the projectile … Continue reading

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Priming Cases: The First Step in Making Great Ammo

So, you’ve spend all that time obsessing over your primer pockets, Decapping, Reaming, Cleaning (maybe), Uniforming (maybe), and now you need to fill all those empty spaces in your life. Welcome to priming! But first, a word or two of caution… … Continue reading

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Musings on Primer Pockets – How Obsessive Can We Get Really?

Primer Pockets There are two types of primers and pockets, one of which is considered to be reloadable and the other not so much, Boxer and Berdan. Boxer Primers are the ones used on US commercial and military centerfire ammunition. Boxer … Continue reading

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Stuck Case Removal – It’s gonna Happen, Get Used to It!

Remember that part where we talked about making sure your cases were clean and well lubricated, free of grit, and other debris?  Well if you forgot about it, or if you just plain old screwed up, or if the gods … Continue reading

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Relative Cost of Reloading – So Why Bother?

Well the first reason you reload is for an extension of the hobby.  If you’re a rifleman, you simply can’t seem to get to the range as often as you’d like so you spend your off hours cleaning your stuff … Continue reading

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That Bright Ring – Incipient Head Separation

We examined some old reloads in 7.62×51 NATO fired through an M-14 and found many with split necks as well as other general signs of the end of case life.  One of the biggest clues was the appearance of a … Continue reading

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