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What You Need To Know About Gravity And Bullet Trajectory

When it comes to bullet trajectory, flight time is what beats gravity.
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The Truth About Barrel Length And Velocity

It's assumed barrel length and velocity walk hand in hand, but in reality, there are many other variables at play.
Ballistic Gel Pistol and Gel

Are Ballistic Gel Penetration Tests Gospel?

Penetration tests in ballistic gel, particularly in the FBI protocol, are good indicators of a bullet's terminal potential. But they're not the final word.
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Testing The Effects Of Moisture On Ammunition

There's truth in the adage "Keep your powder dry," especially in the days of frizzen pans and blackpowder. But in the age of metallic cartridge, what is the effect of moisture on ammunition?
30-06 Reloading 2

Reloading The Old Reliable .30-06 Springfield

Easy like Sunday morning, reliable as a well-aged Labrador the .30-06 Springfield continues to serve reloader well.
500 Linebaugh

.500 Linebaugh: Taking Revolver Cartridges To The Next Level

Nothing stands a chance up against John Linebaugh monstrous 1/2-incher — the .500 Linebaugh.
Many shooters stress way too much over which cartridge and ammunition is best for stopping bad guys. Many books have been written and hundreds of studies have been completed in an effort to quantify stopping power. The problem is, no matter what test we conduct to discover this, we’re making an educated guess.

What You Need To Know About Handgun Stopping Power

Stopping power is an elusive subject, but well worth consideration when trying to find the most effective self-defense handgun and ammo.
Nikon Black Force100 Lead

The Versatility Of Nikon’s Black Force100 Scope

Offering a wide range of magnifications and a versatile reticle, the Nikon Black Force100 1-6x24 riflescope delivers a flexible aiming solution for your carbine.
All of these bullets take about the same amount of time to expand. Surprisingly, the all-copper bullet on the left will reach its fi nal shape faster, partly because it needs more velocity (and uses more energy) to deform.

Bullet Expansion: Velocity Is The Deciding Factor

Bullet expansion is a tricky subject. You might think the lead-core variety mushrooms more quickly than a solid-copper one, but it's not the case.
These two .300 Winchester Magnum loads have bullets with identical sectional densities. However, their construction and terminal performance vary greatly.

Is Sectional Density A Good Measure Of A Bullet’s Penetration Potential?

Despite common wisdom, there are some major nuances to the idea sectional density predicts how deep a bullet penetrates.
223 Remington

Ammo Brief: The Rise Of The .223 Remington

Walking hand-in-hand with the development of the AR-15, the .223 Remington has gone on to become among the most popular centerfire rifle cartridges of all time.
The remnants of the author’s varying loads for his .308 Winchester. Sometimes, less is more — and more can be too much.

How Much Is Too Much When It Comes To Handloading?

Handloading is all about creating personalized options, but going overboard can get messy.
Yes, the 9mm Luger shoots a smaller caliber and lighter bullet than the .45 Auto. However, it shoots it much faster, with much less recoil, and 9mm handguns have a higher capacity. Between these two, shot placement and bullet performance will matter more.

.45 ACP vs 9mm: Which Is Better?

The more than century-old debate of .45ACP vs 9mm rages on. But in the end does one cartridge really outperform the other?
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Is the .204 Ruger Relevant Anymore?

It’s fast, but do the ballistic numbers for the .204 Ruger measure up to its competition?
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Bullet Weight: Is Bigger Really Better?

At one time, bullet weight held great significance in terminal performance. But modern materials and designs have changed this dramatically.
Some of the 100-yard groups fired with a Ruger American in 6mm Creedmoor.

Six’s Saga: From 6mm Remington And .243 Winchester To Today

The popularity of 6mm cartridges has waxed and waned over the decades, but appears to be peaking again.
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