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SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 4: New Ammo

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their final reports on new ammunition and accessories introduced at the show. Here’s a look at what 2014 has to offer from Winchester, including a simplified line of W Train & Defend loads; dedicated 3-Gun offerings; and Shot-Lok technology in the new Long Beard turkey load.

SHOT 2014 — Norma-USA Expands U.S. Caliber Offerings

Norma-USA Expands U.S. Caliber Offerings of its High Quality American PH Hunting Bullets and Superior Brass Components.

Norma USA, has created quite a buzz with the announcement regarding the expansion to its American PH and brass components. In 2012, Norma Precision expanded it high performance offerings to the United States and hunters have taken full advantage of Norma’s double-diameter expansion and deep, terminal penetration.

Hungarian 7.62x54 Mosin Nagant rifle with original boxed cartridges.

Shooting the Russian 7.62×54

Over the years we have seen a steady progression in rifle performance, and the modernization of rifle powder. Black powder rusted the metal almost as soon as it was fired. Modern rifle powder, such as Varget, is very clean. Corrosive primed ammunition isn’t something to be avoided, and the powder burn is often clean. You simply have to follow a few steps to fire and use this affordable ammunition.

A black Ruger .22/45, barrel pointed down, with 2 boxes of ammunition against a wooden background.

Why Buy the .22 Long Rifle Cartridge?

A proven resource in creating a marksman is the use of inexpensive .22 caliber ammunition and .22 caliber firearms. The rimfire offers little or no recoil, minimal report and good accuracy. It is recognized that the rimfire is a good training aid for pure marksmanship, that is trigger control and learning sight alignment and sight picture. In today’s tight economy, we see both .22 caliber conversions and dedicated .22 caliber firearms pressed into service in training. With the high, and increasing, costs of training, .22 caliber conversion units and .22 caliber firearms appear to be a good buy.

The Doe Run plant is located in eastern Missouri. Image credit: Wikipedia.

Getting the Lead Out — of the Entire U.S.?

Doe Run Company’s primary lead smelter based in Herculaneum, Missouri — the last such facility in the United States — is scheduled to close in December. The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri’s extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its “primary” designation, according to NRA-ILA. So, will consumers eventually feel this shutdown at the retail level — for example, reduced supplies of bullet components, higher prices, or more alternative bullet alloys?

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Top 10 ‘Uncommon’ Guns and Ammo Posts as of July 20, 2013

Though the Shooter’s Log reports most often on popular centerfire cartridges — 5.56, 9mm, 45 ACP, and so on — we’re also interested in the non-mainstream chamberings. Like you, we’re intellectually stimulated by ballistics and firearms that aren’t on the beaten path, and these heavily read stories in the Shooter’s Log confirm our interest in the uncommon.