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A good roll crimp keeps the projectiles where you put them, as well as keeping velocities uniform.

What You Need To Consider When Handloading Defensive Ammunition

From safety to legalities, is it smart to handload defensive ammunition?
7mm-08 Remington Ammo

7mm-08 Remington: The Spectacular Short-Action Seven

Remington introduced this medium-capacity rifle cartridge to the marketplace in 1980. The 7mm-08 Remington is based on the .308 Winchester case necked down to 7mm and was loaded with a 140-grain bullet at 2860 fps.
Federal Hydra-Shok Bullets

Federal Hydra-Shok Bullets Available As Reloading Component

A popular choice for decades in defensive ammunition, Federal Hydra-Shok bullets are now available as a reloading component.
The .505 Gibbs with 525 Woodleigh Hydrostatically Stabilized solids, and a charge of Reloder 15, gave great performance with significantly reduced recoil.

The All-Around Joy Of Alliant Reloder 15

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy Reloder 15 ... and that’s pretty much the same thing.
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Overlooked Powders That Can Get Your Handloads On Target

Sometimes, lesser-known powders are exactly what a rifle needs to transform from ‘goat’ to glorious.
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Can You Trust Handloads For Dangerous Game?

Do you trust your reloading skills enough to bet your life on them in a dangerous game situation?
ManDrake Vermilyea (left) and the author working on a handload for the .270 Winchester. It’s great to teach a new shooter how to handload ammo.

The Importance Of Getting Youths Involved With Reloading

Satisfying has handloading itself, passing on your passion for reloading keeps the next generation shooting straight.
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Creating Brass For Rare And Obsolete Cartridges

Creating brass for rare and obsolete calibers is easier than you think. Here's what you need to know to create your own at home.
The author handloaded the 180-grain Swift Scirocco II in his Ruger 77 MkII .308 Winchester for this Quebec black bear.

Loading the .308 Winchester

Whether for long-range shooting or hunting, the .308 Winchester comes into its own when handloaded.
The set of 40 S&W dies was stored for a while, and it developed rust inside and out that must be removed.

Cleaning Your Reloading Equipment

Do you want more consistent handloads? Then develop a consistent cleaning regimen for your reloading equipment.
Case thickness cannot be controlled, but by weighing the cases, it keeps the interior volume as consistent as possible.

Ammunition Reloading: Concentrating On Component Consistency

Learn to sweat the small stuff when reloading ammunition and you’ll be rewarded with improved accuracy.
The financial value is not the only means of measuring the worth of handloading ammunition. Performance and precision must never be overlooked.

Reloading: Is It Still Worthwhile?

Measuring the true value of reloading entails much more than calculating the cost per round.
SIG-Sauer

Reloading: SIG Sauer Introduces Cases For Handloading

Making reloading a whole load more precise, SIG has released a full selection of pistol and rifle brass as individual components.
The .30-06 Springfield is highly versatile, capable of launching bullets with weights ranging from about 100 to 240 grains.

Reloading: The Flexible And Forgiving .30-06 Springfield

When it comes to powder and bullet combinations, few cartridges beat the grand old .30-06 Springfield.
Two 6.5mm bullets. While the heavier 160-grain (L) has all sorts of bearing surface, the sleek 140-grain bullet (R) has less contact with the rifling in spite of being longer.

Reloading: Bearing Surface, Pressure and Accuracy

The bullet’s bearing surface — the portion of the bullet that contacts the rifling in the barrel — directly correlates to the amount of pressure generated within your barrel, and it can have a definite effect on accuracy.
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Reloading: Does Perfect Ammo Mean Becoming A Control Freak?

In reloading, your ultimate pursuit might be absolute control over your handloads … just don’t fall too far down the rabbit hole.
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