Articles

  1. About Smokeless Powder

    This essay is a basic primer on firearms propellants or gunpowder. One does not have to decide which powder to use from scratch; the loading manuals have worked out much of that. However, this goes into some detail about how such matters work and why ‘this’ powder is good for ‘this’ cartridge and ‘that’ powder works best in something else smokeless. As long as the reloader scrupulously follows loading manuals, this essay may be ignored. Terms: Ballistic Barrel Length: In any arm, this...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Bloodthirsty Squirrels

    I once took a friend and his disabled father on a simple squirrel hunt. Well, both my friend Ray and I thought it would be simple. We had hunted deer, rabbit, and squirrels on this small farm in rural Virginia for about 2 years. So, when Ray's father came for a visit and lamented that since he was on a cane and had bad knees, he could not hunt anymore! Ray and I took it as a challenge to allow his Father to hunt once again. It was on a Wednesday and we started preparations. First, to get...
  5. Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter

    Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter Last night in Dallas, the country saw the greatest tragedy to hit American Law Enforcement since the September 11th attacks. At a peaceful rally, a small group of men decided to take it upon themselves to take the lives of five of our boys in blue and injure many peaceful civilians. Regardless of the actions of a few, we must stand as the many to protect those who protect us. Police officers live and die by the oath they swore to uphold when entering into...
  6. CZ 527M 7.62x39 carbine, or, Sweat, Bugs, and Lead

    Let me start with a simple statement. I hate mosquitoes. Period. When I croak, if I've been good enough to get to Heaven, it's the ONLY question I want to ask - WHY MOSQUITOES?!? They got me today, more than once, but ya know what? It was worth it! I decided to take an old favorite out that hadn't seen much range time recently, with all these new-fangled "self-loading" rifles and such... My little backwoods baby, my CZ 527 M/CSR. Not your father’s bolt action rifle, by far. The CZ 527M...
  7. Families of the Departed can sue Gun Makers?

    Resurfacing after Judge Barbara Bellis of Connecticut Superior Court ruled in favor of the lawsuit against gun makers of Bushmaster XM15-E2S, the firearm that was used in Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre back in Dec. 14, 2012, is the 2005 heated debate of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This is a federal law that has been passed by the congress to protect manufacturers of guns from lawsuits associated with the use of their weapons. This law reinforces the claims of those...
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. Hunting Farmland Whitetails

    The wildlife that abounds in the rolling hills of the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho get accustomed to the engine noise of combines and tractors working in the fields from early in the spring through late in the fall. Deer, Elk, Coyotes and upland game birds have been known to sit tight almost to the point of getting "run over" by the machinery as it passes by. An aerial picture of Y's Acres Farms. The Snake River breaks in the background. Fall is a very busy time...
  11. 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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    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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    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...
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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...
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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...
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