We’ve chosen the sometimes twisting path to becoming handloaders because we want to improve on-target results. The difference between a handloader and a reloader? My wise-crack answer, which is honest, is that handloaders start with new brass… We’re not about to shoot factory ammo.
Posts Tagged ‘Handloading and Reloading’
As a person of Scottish heritage, I am adamant that quite a few people today do not really understand how much we gained, or how much we stood to lose, in the last election. Freedom seeking people came to America. So, it was with my hearty Scots as they fled the detested Crown. By the same token, in the South we are accepting refugees from the People’s Republics North of the Mason Dixon line. There are many freedom loving people in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey that have seen the socialist-Marxist creep into government and make life difficult through onerous taxation, regulation, and laws, making honest business practically impossible.
RCBS is now offering the new ChargeMaster Lite for unparalleled powder-measuring accuracy in a compact package. Read the full release.
The rounds had been assembled in 1998. They fired without any type of problem and with good accuracy. I realize that there have been advances in bullets and powder, but for what I am doing these loads remain ideal.
For those just getting started with reloading, a “round” of ammunition is composed of the case, typically called “brass” and usually made of reloadable brass, an appropriately-sized and powered replaceable centerfire primer, the powder, and bullet.
As I was growing up, Pa Pandemic apparently had an aversion to the concept of a hotel. Instead, we filled the frequent KOA camper punch cards quickly, as I was dragged around the country on vacations. During our sunny, hot, humid, cold, rainy, tornadic, and otherwise semi/non-hospitable vacations, food was prepped with a series of stone cold reliable Coleman stoves.
During most of my shooting life, I’ve trusted Colt handguns, and the very few AR-15 rifles I’ve deployed have been Colt AR-15s. From the HBAR to the SOCOM carbine, these rifles have given excellent service.
Bear with me! We’ll get started on the process of handloading next time when I talk about setting up a sizing die. But before that, it’s good to keep in mind what we’re dealing with, and that is a cartridge case, and also what happens to it during firing, which is what we’re setting out to remedy when we reuse it.
In my reloading article for The Shooter’s Log, I gave a caution about respecting one of the differences between semi-auto and bolt-action rifles, and that was with respect to propellant burn rates. The summary reason for the warning is that different rate propellants will “peak” at different areas as
Semi-automatic rifles and bolt-action rifles are related but far from the same. When handloading, it’s helpful to realize they are not to be approached the same way.
For many shooters, reloading is a fun, calming, and enjoyable pastime. It can also cause hair loss. I am not sure if there is a more frustrating undertaking than trying to build the perfect load. That being said, and all kidding aside, it does not take a rocket scientist.
For some of us the watchword is ‘sometimes you need a .308.’ The .223/5.56mm platform is a wonderful close-quarters combat
We have studied the basics of loading, now let’s go a step further and study load development. It works!
Recently I fired
Getting started in reloading isn’t that difficult. Hopefully, you have been saving your brass—if not, once-fired brass isn’t
“Due to the high cost of ammunition, no warning shots will be given!” This little phrase puts a humorous spin on
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.