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Gettin’ Loaded

After doing the dishes, Dobe Grant and I retired to his spacious living room. Sinking into his large, overstuffed leather chairs, he said, “I got a new...
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Skeeter’s Handloading...

Skeeter Skelton learned if he was to get the best performance from his handguns, he needed to settle on one basic load for each. Here are a few of his...
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Roy Huntington with the Lee Precision Ultimate Turret Press
Review: Lee Precision...

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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Big Mouths, Tight Necks &...

Handloading provides us freedom like no other. It lets us choose the bullet for the task at hand, while also deciding how fast or slow we want to drive our...
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Bullseye! More Versatile...

Bullseye powder's main purpose is obvious. Just a pinch allows the shooting of light recoiling loads with a consistent velocity spread, providing accurate...
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Mastering the Finicky .32 ACP

The reason .32 ACP is hard to reload is there are two standards and the specs don’t entirely match. Here are some tips for casting your own.
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Garmin Zero C1 Pro chronograph
Moore’s Law...

Moore’s Law said processing power would double approximately every 18 months. For shooters, it offers benefits, too, like the paradigm-changing Garmin...
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Progressive For...

Anyone familiar with the science of birth order knows that the youngest child is generally the fun-loving one who doesn’t have a detail-oriented bone in...
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Dear Lindsey…

I’m considering buying presses for each of my sons. All three enjoy shooting, but have distinct personalities. My eldest, Zeke, shoots three gun. He has...
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Mind the Gap!...

One of my carry guns is a Glock 38. I derive great pleasure in shooting it, and since ammo is not readily available,
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Coated Bullets

Throughout my handloading career the vast majority of handgun bullets I’ve sent downrange have been cast – mostly by me but a significant minority by...
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Advantages Of...

It’s roughly two weeks to my yearly pilgrimage to the NRA’s Whittington Center and my ammo stash is running low. I need to manufacture some ammo … and...
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Lee Precision...

Inexpensive doesn’t necessarily mean cheap quality. Sometimes it does, proving the adage, “cheap is too expensive,” while other times, it’s a...
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10mm Loading Lessons

I find that people who reload the 10mm tend to be goal-setters. Of all the reloading hobbyists I know, 10mm reloaders seek a particular performance level....
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Pistol Powders

My very first reloading manual, Lyman’s Reloader’s Handbook #45 (1967), is still on my desk. Along with it is their new one, #51 (2022). Handbook #45...
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Brass

You can always spot the reloader at the range. He pads behind departing shooters who leave their brass behind or looks longingly as it hits the ground. I...
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Gunnysack The...

This aptly-named company, perhaps the best-kept secret known to thousands of competitive shooters, makes… blue bullets. They may look like powder-coated...
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My EDC: The .327...

I am starting my campaign to make the .327 Federal Magnum the most popular revolver cartridge ever. The arguments for it are easy. It’s an effective...
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Handloader:...

If you had asked me 10 years ago if the .380 was a good cartridge for personal defense, I may have replied, “Marginal, at best.” But I have to admit the...
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Lead Bullet...

Like many, gun magazines have corrupted me. Hopefully, I’m returning the favor to you. One of my biggest influences was the day I read about cast bullets...
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Holy Smokes …...

I remember years ago reading about a company in Alabama that offered a unique service. They get an “A” for effort and originality for their company...
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Thoughts On The...

Sit back while we analyze Elmer Keith’s favorite .44 bullet, the Lyman 429421. It will be a review of sorts for you older codgers, while hopefully opening...
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DIY Bullets: You...

Something irking me now for over a half-century is someone saying, “My pistol needs jacketed bullets.” That attitude is especially wrong in the middle...
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Handloading:...

If anyone tells you that one can’t swage bullets at home, using standard reloading equipment, tell them that’s not entirely true. If you have not tried...
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Gunnysack: Lyman...

Most other manuals are produced by companies that make powder or projectiles, so the recipes favor those products. That’s OK, but sometimes you need the...
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Handloading:...

I was curious about their unique .40 S&W cartridges, and SPC Juliet led me to the back of her Rover and showed me how they were made. The furnace and baking...
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A Primer about...

We all know the primer is that little device that makes a cartridge fire when struck by a firing pin.
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Reloading...

When you buy your reloading press, don’t be shocked to discover you need something else for every caliber you want to reload. It’s called a die set and...
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Handloading:...

We have included Pyrodex with your shipment. We intended you to use it for Claymores, but it can be employed for loading .45 Colt. The .45 was originally a...
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Building a...

Lee Precision’s Challenger Press Kit has everything you need to get started except individual caliber die sets
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True Confessions...

For as many different shooting disciplines there are, handloader’s share a host of common traits, no matter their chosen shooting activity. Should the...
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Setting Up Your...

Make no qualms about it, I love LEE dies! Who wouldn’t? They’re priced competitively, they load accurate ammunition, and they even come with a shell...
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Frankford Arsenal Tumbler
Frankford...

Frankford Arsenal's Platinum Series Rotary Tumbler holds an impressive amount of brass, capable of cleaning up to 1,000 pieces of .223 brass at a time.
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Taking a Tumble:...

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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KaBoom! How Not...

Reloading is perfectly safe if you follow goo procedures. Don't be careless and you'll avoid the consequences of an exploding gun. Here are some vital tips...
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Hard Times...

Ever thought of making your own hollowpoint bullets?
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Handgunner...

I’ve tried other swappable mounting systems, but this is the only one I would recommend to a friend. The system consists of a steel mounting plate for...
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Reloading to...

I am twice as likely to carry a lightweight .38 Special revolver as any other firearm. When I reload for my revolvers, I deliberately make the cartridges...
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Should You Heat...

Ever since I started casting bullets with those Lee six-cavity molds, my tolerance for heat has increased. I got some after using their two-cavity molds for...
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Can You Reload...

Can I use small rifle primers in a pistol cartridge? The simplest answer is “no,” so that’s what I usually tell people.
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Shelves Bare?

I saw a recent post from someone saying their supplier didn’t have any powder suitable for handgun reloading. There were plenty of “agreeing” emojis....
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Consider Casting

The purpose of guns and cartridges is to direct a bullet into a target. In other words, without bullets, guns are useless.
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