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10-236-4.5 : It’s What’s Up Front That Counts

OK we’ve finished our first casting session and 5.5 of the 10 lbs. of lead we melted is sitting on our bench in the form of about 236 or so 165 Grain 30 Cal heads, and 4.5 lbs. or so is sitting … Continue reading

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To Crimp or Not to Crimp, That Is the Question – A Tale of the Tape

In the article, “Where the Road Leads – Two Gadgets That Called Out to Me.” I went on a bit about my theories regarding crimp on lead rifle loads. My thinking was that the vertical stringing I had experienced with … Continue reading

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Where the Road Leads – Two Gadgets That Called Out to Me

So, a while back, during the earliest stages of the component shortage, I had ordered 1500 heads (bullets) from Sierra, a long story short they took about 9 months to actually show up. During that time, and because I am … 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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