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.

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.

Top 6 Shooting Myths And Half-Truths

What’s fact — and what’s fiction — when it comes to some commonly held shooting and hunting beliefs? You might be surprised.

Reloading Bench: Reloading The Obsolete Cartridge

If you’re having trouble finding factory ammunition or brass for rifles chambered in obscure  or obsolete cartridges, don’t fret: You can make your own.

Reloading: Cup-And-Core, The King Of Deer Bullets?

There's no need to overthink deer bullets. Classic cup-and-core bullets still do the job.
The .416 Remington Magnum and 400-grain Swift A-Frames and Hornady Solids. Photo: J.D. Fielding

Reloading Dangerous Game Cartridges: Life in the .40s

Is reloading your own dangerous game cartridges a good idea? Phil Massaro takes several .40-caliber rifle cartridges to the Dark Continent to find out.
.357 Magnum with Nosler bullets. All Photos: J.D. Fielding Photography

Reloading Classic Hunting Revolver Ammo

Modern reloading of hunting revolver ammo can bring newfound interest to old iron.
Author Mark Nazi at the bench testing .308 loads. All photos: J.D. Fielding Photography

Handloading for AR-15 Rifles

Can handloading for AR-15 — and AR-10 — rifles achieve accuracy that matches modern bolt-actions?
The 416 UMT rifle on shooting sticks, cape buffalo in background. Selous Reserve in Tanzania. Scope is a Swarovski a 1.25-4X24 Habicht model in Warne mounts. A dangerous game rifle will be used at close range and a low power, wide field of view scope is the best choice.

Reloading: The Way of Wildcat Cartridges

The word “wildcat” denotes something untamed and rebellious. But that shouldn’t stop you from considering wildcat cartridges for hunting and shooting.

Reloading: Accuracy’s Unsung Hero — Powder

There are a ton of great powders out there for reloaders — and not all of them are new.

Classic Cartridges: Is The .30-06 Springfield All You Need?

More than 100 years after its introduction, the venerable .30-06 remains one of the best all-around hunting cartridges. Period.

How To: Crimping Handgun Cases

Handloading ammo for your favorite handgun shouldn’t be difficult, but you should never skimp on the crimping process.

Reloading Gear: Lyman Cyclone Case Dryer

The Cyclone Case Dryer gets shooters to the range or the reloading bench quicker.

.300 Win. Mag.: The Answer To Most Hunting Questions

The .300 Win. Mag. is well-suited for hunting 95 percent of the world’s game. Phil Massaro explains why.

The .45 Colt: A Wheelgun Classic

Everyone loves the classic .45 Colt cartridge, and it’s still relevant after almost 150 years.

7mm Mauser: Still A Dandy Sporting Round

The 7mm Mauser, aka the 7X57mm Mauser, broke ground in the military and remains a top hunting choice today.




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