Three rifle cartridges styles

Developing a Consistent Reloading Procedure

You have to understand the reason you want to reload to determine the best procedures, and level of detail, you want to put in each load. Economy is always one reason, but that does not mean the goal of producing accurate ammunition is in any way lessoned. This means a consistent procedure is required. If you are ready to start reloading, or potentially up your reloading game, here’s how.

Lyman 50th reloading manual

Reloading: Load Density

The load density formula has provided excellent results for handloaders for many years. The main reason is simply that the load density formula works without fail. Eighty-five percent density is just about ideal, but let’s look at how reloaders have come to that number.

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

The Youth Shotgun

As the dog days of summer wind down, most of us who venture afield in search of game and fowl can’t help but look forward several weeks to what has become, in many places, a national holiday—the opening of bird season. Most seasons open with dove and some early goose season.

Two cartridge cases, one showing a crack

Reloading: Reclaiming Brass

Let’s look at the process of reclaiming the brass for reuse. There is nothing wrong with getting ready to reload by buying new brass. However, after you fire that shiny new brass the first time, you’ll want to prepare it to be used again. You may also scavenge the local shooting range or buy some once fired brass for reloading. Either way, here is your ‘primer’ for reclaiming brass for reloading.

Sierra Hunter round-nose bullets

The Advantages of Handloading

I am the first to admit that factory ammunition has improved considerably during the past three decades. Consistency, accuracy, and performance are better than ever. This is largely due to the pressure put on factories by handloaders. Today, a handloader can produce more accurate ammunition than the factory.

Laser myths

Video: Crimson Trace Myth Busters — Will the laser be a crutch?

Laser myths. After nearly 25 years, Crimson Trace has most likely heard them all. Whether it involves the failure of the laser system itself, incorrect ideas about training, or lasers being replacements for iron sights, which they are not, there is plenty of false information about lasers available online, in stores, or on the range. You may have heard a few yourself. Are lasers a crutch for bad technique?

Measuring a 1911 pistol with an electronic caliper

1911 Handguns: How to Fit a Barrel

OK, you ordered your Storm Lake or Wilson Combat Barrel—what comes next? The 1911 is easily our most popular handgun, and without a doubt, the most modified. While the Browning Hi Power, Tokarev, CZ 75, and Beretta 92 have also been built in the millions, none have been modified as extensively as the 1911 handgun.

Lyman All American 8 Reloading Kit

Ammunition Reloading: Getting Started

I seem to be one of the few writers to extensively use handloads in testing. I have always done so, and will continue to do so. That’s mainly because handloads offer real economy, custom grade performance, and excellent accuracy potential. Best of all, getting started in handloading isn’t difficult.

Here, Rob Leatham uses a strong upper triangle to overcome recoil. He advises, “You can't learn to control recoil without having to control recoil.”

Throwback Thursday: 7 Keys to a Strong Upper Triangle

We all were told at some point in our training to “relax, squeeze the trigger slowly, and let the gun kick freely.” This makes sense when you’re just starting out, but if you want to shoot faster and maintain a high degree of accuracy, this basic advice will have to evolve. You will have to do things differently. That’s where shooting stance comes in.

This shooter is at a steep angle as far as the cover goes but the shoulder and muzzle are in line.

Long Gun Accuracy — Stop the Wobble

When it comes to rifle shooting, fast hits are what counts in hunting and personal defense scenarios. When sighting in the rifle from the benchrest, we have all of the time in the world. Recently, I sighted my personal M1A1 with Leatherwood scope in from the rest and enjoyed 1 MOA groups with Federal MSR Fusion ammunition. I cannot expect a fraction of this accuracy when firing off hand at the 100-yard line.

Ryan Cleckner shooting an AR-15 rifle with a backpack as a rest

Video: The Effects of Rifle Cant and Long-Range Shooting

When shooting, especially at longer ranges, little things mean a lot. One of the biggest obstacles to long-range accuracy is rifle cant. At the range, keeping your rifle properly positioned may be easy. However, in the field, the ground is seldom even, flat, and level like the bench at the range. When canted, the rifle will not only miss to the right or left, it will also hit low. Do you know why?

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

Choosing a First Shotgun

A shotgun is the most versatile firearm you’ll ever own. Contrary to what you might see on TV, shotguns do not magically hit every target, and the recoil is not—or at least does not have to be—so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. However, while versatile, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and aforethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot. Here’s your guide to put you on the right path.

Shooter and spotter adjusting a rifle scope

The Pros and Cons of Turret Dialing

Turret dialing is a great way to aim precisely at extreme range targets—But it’s not perfect. Before you wed yourself to a turret dialing scope, you should consider your targeting needs and how they balance with the pros and cons of turret dialing scopes.

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Video: Atmospherics and Ballistics for Long-Range Shooting

Cheaper Than Dirt!, as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and others, believe it is important to promote safe, comfortable, and proper shooting techniques to customers. This video focuses on the importance of understanding the effects of atmospherics on a projectile when calculating an accurate firing solution for long-range accuracy.

SIG Romeo 7 red dot sight left profile

SIG Romeo 7 Red Dot — Sighting in the Red Dot

With an optic budget topping out at $400 for a red dot sight, the SIG Romeo 7 not only fills the need, it surpasses optics costing hundreds more. The Romeo 7’s 30mm red dot is optimal for most, and the controls are easy to use. Just a few of the benefits include easy sight in, simple to mount, included low-mount option, and, best of all, SIG quality.

Doug Koenig demonstrating the proper shooting stance

Shooting 101: Picking a Stance

Fast and accurate shooting with a handgun requires a stable shooting stance. The stance must allow for proper sight alignment, mobility, and recoil management. There are a number of stances that can do that, but there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution—or is there?