Articles

  1. Step-by-Step Guide on Reloading Metallic Cartridges

    I've written a few articles so far, covering topics from basic reloading to lead casting, Home-made Bullet lubrication, Gear needed to reload, as well as how to make cheap, but usable ballistic gelatin. My “Basics of Reloading” article was a general survey of many possible steps a person might take when starting to reload. I tried to touch a bit on everything, but not delving too deep into any one part, just an overview if you will. Recently I was asked to provide a step by step walk...
  2. The Ultimate Guide to Case Reforming

    Reforming a case is literally to change a case from it’s designed caliber and profile into a different profile or caliber. If you have read some of my other articles on reloading or lead casting, you may have noticed that when describing some procedures that I will say that some are left to more experienced loaders. Once you have reloaded for a while you will get a feel for how cartridge brass behaves when it is stressed, sized, and fired. More importantly, you will also know what to look...
  3. The Best Tools For Reloading Ammunition

    Shooting can take years to master and to become a true aficionado of the sport, there’s nothing better than learning how to reload your own ammunition. It’s a fun project that takes patience, a steady hand, and the right set of reloading tools for the job. While there are reloading kits, there are other must-have hand tools, accessories, and reloading products that you’ll want to get to help you in the process. Caliper A measuring tool that you will use to check the diameter of bullets and...
  4. How To Make Ballistic Gelatin

    Fun to shoot, not too difficult for the hobbyist to make, and if you follow the directions and calibration procedure closely, you can get fairly accurate test results. So you want to see what might really go on with the self-defense ammo you have purchased, or how your hand loaded ammunition stands up head to head vs commercial products. Just go to the range and shoot up a block of ballistic gelatin, right? Sure.. but where are you going to get it? A brief look online shows some clear...
  5. Grease : Cast Bullets, Muzzle Loading, Brass Case Resizing

    In some previous articles, I covered the Basics of metallic cartridge reloading and casting your own bullets. I briefly touched on the uses for greasing during case resizing, and for your cast bullets. As I had mentioned, it could be an article all by itself. This article will be a basic introduction to the uses of greasing in reloading.
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    Lead Casting Part 2

    In part 1 of my article I covered finding and preparing your lead for use. I’ll recap the safety warnings from Part 1: For anyone thinking they might want to get into casting, I recommend doing the same. Research, Research, Research, online and in books, thru contacts at clubs or being mentored by an experienced person locally. As with reloading, there are a few different paths you can take, and thus different equipment and styles. Above all, remember safety. Lead melts at about 622’F,...
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    Real Custom Ammunition

    Overheard at a gun show sometime in the distant past. “Where can I get bullets for that old gun? I’d sure like to have one like that!” "Well sir, to my knowledge there is no one who loads ammunition today for the old rifle. I don’t believe it was ever loaded in the United States.” The conversation carried on with the potential buyer bewailing the fact that cartridges were unavailable and how much he wanted the rifle. The dealer apologized once or twice then told the wannabe buyer...
  8. Lead Casting - Part 1

    In my last article I gave an overview of metallic cartridge reloading. Reloading in itself is a very full stand alone hobby. However there are plenty of other hobbies that can significantly complement it, and still others that could benefit from it. Lead casting for example makes a great companion hobby to reloading. ( And if you enjoy muzzle loading firearms, you will want to learn how to cast to save $$ ). Part 1 of this article will deal with finding your lead and preparing it for...
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    Reloading Basics

    This article will be a short overview of the concepts and equipment involved in reloading ammunition. The most important thing to remember is that you should take your time and do quite a bit of reading and research before you ever purchase your first piece of equipment. Reloading can be broken down into a few basic steps. Case preparation: Whether you start with new virgin brass, or have been saving and collecting your brass, you will need to clean and inspect your cases. After reading...
  10. Beagles, Bunnies Beagles, Bunnies & Black Powder

    Shoot! What? Shoot! There he goes! You shoot it, my boys and I do this every weekend during the season. No! I want to see you shoot a rabbit with that thing! By then the rabbit was already gone and the dogs were hot on the trail. I told Jerry I would take it on the second go ‘round. I was hunting rabbits with my good friend Jerry James, a recently retired Missouri Highway Patrolman, and “that thing” he wanted to see me shoot a rabbit with was my Pedersoli, 12 ga., percussion, muzzle...
  11. The Mighty Mo and my chance Meeting with WWII Hero

    Back in about 2005 I was fortunate enough to meet a genuine war hero by the name of Dick Wall. I had listed a golf cart charger on Ebay and Dick bought it and ask if I could just hold onto it for a month or two and he would be coming through the interstate where I live and he could just pick it up. I agreed and Dick called me one day to say he would be at the Flying J truck stop and could I bring the charger out to him. I gladly said yes and met him and his wife. My family was with me and...
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    Muzzleloaders from the Top

    When I hear or use the word “muzzleloader” it conjures up images of a Swiss Mountaineer scaling the Alps in search of chamois. A German or Austrian Jaeger in pursuit of wild boar or stag, a “stiff upper lipped” Brit in one of England’s many colonies in Africa or the Indian sub-continent or Ceylon chasing elephant or tiger. By no means restricting it to European powers it reminds me of the early German/Austrian/Swiss immigrant gunsmiths to our country. At first they were making their...
  13. Black Guns Matter

    Black Guns Matter: A Revolutionary Approach to Gun Rights With the current and continual threat to our second amendment rights, we need responsible citizens willing to speak out and defend them. And at the same time, we need individuals to address gun violence that we are seeing in our communities. One person going out and doing above and beyond the call of duty is Maj Toure, a 29-year-old NRA member and gun rights activist, who is bringing his message to some of the roughest areas in the...
  14. The Second Amendment

    The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. It reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I know that some folks have a problem with this, but get over it! It's not just a document that protects our right to hunt. It's not just a document that protects our right to shoot targets. What is really is a statement of fact. The fact that God gave every man the "Right" to...
  15. Sport Rifles

    Sport rifles are generally used for hunting whether it’s to bring down larger animals like deer or to hunt pheasants. This sport has been ongoing for decades with hunting been done for the purpose of collection of trophies or in some instances as a family activity that brings the members together. Whatever the reason for hunting may be, it is important to have a firearm that is best suited for the purpose. Part of the accomplishment is due to the skill in gun handling and usage when aiming...
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