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The Time For ...

I’m not certain what the definition is of the “Perfect Storm” but we’re clearly experiencing some atmospheric disturbance.
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The .44 Special...

Early on, during his part-time job moonlighting as a gun writer, Charles A. Skelton exclaimed the merits of the .44 Special.
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Real .44 Cowboy...

The last place to learn safe gun handling is at the movies or the TV screen and it’s a rare film that ever depicts recoil in any shape or fashion....
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56 Years Young

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you're never too old to learn something new—even reloading.
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Are Your Bullets PC?

When it comes to cast bullets, we can find ourselves in a Catch-22. Many sixgun hunters prefer hollowpoint bullets for thin-skinned game, and therein lies...
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Handloading...

Want some cutting-edge bullets for your next reloading project? Federal is now offering Syntech Component bullets.
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The Ultimate...

An extruded propellant part of the company’s “Extreme Series” of powders, Hodgdon’s H4350 is designed to work in just about any condition.
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Non-Essential ...

All of my straight-walled sixgun cartridges are sized with carbide sizing dies. Those that are not are first sprayed with Hornady One Shot Case Lube. This...
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.38 Special

The .38 Special arrived around 1900 in the S&W Military & Police. It soon became the number one cartridge for law enforcement use chambered in both S&W and...
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The .44 Russian

Smith & Wesson introduced the first successful big-bore, centerfire sixgun, the Model #3 American, in 1869. This revolver was chambered in a .44 centerfire,...
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Favored...

I started reloading in the late 1950s using the Lyman #310 Tool. This is a “Nutcracker” type of tool requiring each step in the reloading process to be...
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.44 Wadcutters

The .44 Russian was a very popular target shooting cartridge and around 1900 a man by the name of Himmelwright designed a better bullet for target shooting.
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.45 Wadcutters...

The original .45 Colt bullet profile is known as a truncated cone or round nosed flat point (RNFP). It basically started in the early 1870s as a round-nosed...
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Unique: 5 Grains...

Complaints about Unique being dirty, whether it’s the “old” Unique or the “new” Unique abound, and I don’t understand what the problem is.
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British Boomers:

I must admit I find myself fascinated by British revolvers; you know, those “ugly” Enfields and the Webleys. They are not pretty, but they do have a...
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Loading Data...

Where should we get reloading information? First, let’s look where we should not obtain data. The number one negative source is anonymous information on...
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AusKur’s...

When I first started handloading more than 60 years ago I was not far removed from the buffalo hunters of the 1870’s. I started with a single cavity Lyman...
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A .30 Luger...

Late last year I was trying to organize my reloading room a little better and as I was checking out my cabinet full of reloading dies I stumbled on both .30...
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Loading the...

Although we call it the .38 Super the correct name is Super .38. Early advertising, the box it came in, and the guns themselves were all marked: “Super...
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Sensible...

Standard bullet weights for the .38/357 are normally around 158 grains; for the .44 Special/.44 Magnum, 240–250 grains and in the .45 Colt regular weight...
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Shell Shock...

Bullets have gone through tremendous advancements, especially in the past 40 years, while cartridge cases have been virtually unchanged since the very...
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Cast Bullets For...

My initial reloading efforts were not the most fruitful. This was in 1956–1957 and I had both a Ruger .357 Magnum 45/8" Flat-Top Blackhawk and one of the...
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Helps For...

The first after-market “consumer” cartridge boxes for reloaders I saw needed improvement right off the bat, however they worked much better than the...
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Everyday Workin'...

Whether we travel the sagebrush, foothills, forests, or mountains these are the sort of loads which will handle any situation.
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The .32-20

The .32-20 started life in the Winchester Model 1873 and then shortly after was chambered in the newer Model 1892 rifle. The two other members of the...
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Favorite 45 Bullets

Today’s reloader has a nearly endless supply of jacketed and factory cast bullets available for reloading the .45 Colt.
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Reloading The...

When I mention “.38 cartridge” what’s the first thing coming to mind? For most shooters .38 means .38 Special, or maybe .38 Super or .38 Long Colt....
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