Ammunition and Reloading

This category covers ammunition and reloading.

  • 380s For the Defense, please

    The 380 ACP (for Automatic Colt Pistol) round is a classic that was given birth in 1908 by the infamous engineer of all that is holy in firearms, John Moses Browning. Also known as 9mm kurz (German for short), 380-auto and 9x17mm, but we will simple call it 380 here. The 380 was long used around the world by military and security forces as a duty round, especially for senior military officers and police detectives. The Germans loved it in their Walther PPK while the Italians used it in the...
  • Casting and Reloading 12 Gauge Slugs

    Starting to mold slugs. The mold is a Lee 1 ounce drive key. It is a cross between a foster and a sabot and is referred to as a wad slug. It can work in a rifled or smooth bore. The key in the base is supposed to engage rifling. People have good results through smooth bore because it is a foster as well, nose heavy hollow expandable base. I need to get out and shoot them but here is the start. I will be putting these in AA hulls at 1580 fps and in Remington Gun Club/STS/Nitro hulls at 1450...
  • And In The Ammo Follies...

    Keeping abreast of the latest in the ever-weirder world that is ammunition ups and downs these days, we have updates on a few interesting stories this week. House votes to curb DHS from stockpiling ammo The US House of Representatives voted to attach an amendment to the annual spending bill that bankrolls the Department of Homeland Security from the Treasury. The amendment, which was approved 234-192, limits the amount of bullets the DHS can stockpile. According to Fox News, "The amendment...
  • Wolf 7.62x39

    Manufacturer - Wolf WOLF 7.62x39mm 154gr. Soft Point that offers improved accuracy over the standard 122gr. projectile. Grains: 154 Jacket: Bimetal or Copper Type: SP Primer: Berdan Muzzle Velocity: (ft/sec): 2104 Energy (FPE): 1514.1
  • Tiny Plinker: The 22CB

    Odds are you have fired a cap gun once or twice in your life. Most likely, if you are reading this, you have fired a 22 once or twice in your life. But the thing is, have you ever fired a 22 that sounds like a cap gun? Well if not, the 22CB may be something to look into. Why 22 CB Cap (short for "conical ball cap") is a series of very small 22-caliber rimfire cartridges that have been around since 1888. On average, full-powered rounds for the caliber are typically 29-grains of bullet that...
  1. And In The Ammo Follies...

    Keeping abreast of the latest in the ever-weirder world that is ammunition ups and downs these days, we have updates on a few interesting stories this week. House votes to curb DHS from stockpiling ammo The US House of Representatives voted to attach an amendment to the annual spending bill that bankrolls the Department of Homeland Security from the Treasury. The amendment, which was approved 234-192, limits the amount of bullets the DHS can stockpile. According to Fox News, "The amendment...
  2. Lee Pro 1000 Press, (.223/5.56)

    Recommended? - Yes Company Website - [URL="http://www.leeprecision.com"]www.leeprecision.com[/URL] Manufacturer - Lee Precision Pro 1000 Add a bullet and pull the lever; all other operations are automatic. One loaded cartridge with each pull of the lever. Every operation is automatic. Primers, like the powder, are fed only if a case is present. No wasted primers or spilled powder. Alternate loading sequence lets you load only one case at a time. Makes learning easy for the first time user and great for fine adjustments or...
  3. Recall on Winchester 556mm M855 62grain Ammo

    And in the vien of "Just when you thought it was getting better"...Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling one (1) lot of its 5.56mm M855 62 Grain PENE centerfire rifle ammunition. Symbol Number: ZGQ3308 Lot Number: WCC10M106-004 From the Company's release: "Through extensive evaluation Winchester has determined the above lot of 5.56mm M855 ammunition may contain incorrect propellant. Incorrect propellant in this ammunition may cause firearm damage, rendering the...
  4. How Much Ammo DO you need

    With the suddenly mad scramble to find ammunition in the past few months, one must take a step back and ask yourself the hard question. Shed light on the shadows, pull out the man behind the curtain, and talk to that elephant in the room. Just how much is enough? Well, Mr Owl, let's find out. The One Year Rule of thumb If you own a firearm that is anything but a wallhanger, you really should have at least a one-year supply of fodder for it. Now one person's idea of a year may vary widely...
  5. The Ammo Line Shuffle

    I'm number 24. That's not my age, my agent number, a badge number, my waist size, or my IQ; it's my number in line outside of the Big Box Sporting Goods Store. Luckily, it's a Thursday, which means the line isn't that bad. I'm a regular here and I see lots a familiar faces. We aren't lined up for the latest Christmas items, or sales ad promotions. We're just lined up for ammo. And it sucks. Why the line? You see, before the Great Gun Panic of 2013 got good and rolling, this local Big Box...
  6. Looking For Ammo? Try Gun Bot

    Do you find yourself wasting time wandering from site to site trying to find the best deals on ammunition, magazines, and other accessories, only to arrive just moments after they sold out? Spend hours trolling and refreshing windows to see if suddenly 5.56 greentip is available? Well you are in luck because there is now a search engine that has been established just for you. Its name is Gunbot and it's pretty neat. What is Gunbot? Ever used one of those sites like Hotels.com, Kayak, or...
  7. CMP Has 30 Cal Carbine Ammo in Stock

    In the latest circular from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), I saw the following: "Lake City .30 cal Carbine ammo now available. We have a limited quantity of .30 cal LC carbine ammo for sale. Item number is 4S30CARB-1350. Date of manufacture is 1970-1972. Ammo is packaged in 50 rd boxes, 1,350 rds per .50 cal can. Price is $520 per can. S&H is $29 per can." This translates to about .39-cents per round. Granted its 40-year old ammunition, but hey, it's Lake City military grade...
  8. Tiny Plinker: The 22CB

    Odds are you have fired a cap gun once or twice in your life. Most likely, if you are reading this, you have fired a 22 once or twice in your life. But the thing is, have you ever fired a 22 that sounds like a cap gun? Well if not, the 22CB may be something to look into. Why 22 CB Cap (short for "conical ball cap") is a series of very small 22-caliber rimfire cartridges that have been around since 1888. On average, full-powered rounds for the caliber are typically 29-grains of bullet that...
  9. X-Ring Rubber Bullets Review

    X-Ring rubber bullets come in 3 calibers which are 38/9mm, 44, and 45, and can be found at many online retailers. These bullets are an affordable way to practice drills and target shoot in the comfort of your own home. I believe that most shooters will want to get some reloading equipment to replace the primers more easily. I used an inexpensive Lee hand press (pictured below) for the review and it worked great. The dies pictured are some that I bought separately but you can find dies for...
  10. The New York Reload

    There are many, many ways to carry a readily available handgun for personal protection. There are just as many ways today to carry extra ammunition including speedstrips and speedloaders for revolvers and spare magazines for your EDC semi-auto. However, this has not always been the case and that fact led to the rise of a tactic known as the New York Reload. What is it? To put it country-simple, the New York Reload is a second (or third, or fourth) loaded handgun, ready to fire as soon as...
  11. The New Musang AR round

    Recently Government Arsenal /DND, the national armory and arms factory of the Philippines government introduced a new round that they have in development for their military special operations forces. This round, the 7.62x37mm Musang, looks to be a hard hitter. The specifics of the round The 7.62x37mm Musang has apparently been in development for some time but has only been made public in a series of AFAD (Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines) sponsored arms...
  12. Long Term Storage of Ammunition

    If you are a gun owner, ammunition is essential. You should always have on hand at least a one-year normal training supply on hand as a minimum. For a minimum, this should be enough to make four trips to the range. Of course, larger quantities are recommended and safe long-term storage is essential. The main enemy of long-term storage of ammunition is moisture. With that in mind, let us look at some ways to avoid moisture in your ballistic larder. Ammo Cans Surplus ammunition cans,...
  13. Semi-auto Setback Testing

    Study of Setback for Hornady Critical Defense 9mm Ammunition Setback of the bullet in a cartridge is a known issue that can affect the firing characteristics of the round. Setback is caused by the impact of the bullet on the feed ramp as the round is chambered. Adverse effects include overpressuring the cartridge when fired. Damage to the weapon is possible when a cartridge produces too much pressure. That is why some gun makers recommend against using +P ammunition in some of their...
  14. 380s For the Defense, please

    The 380 ACP (for Automatic Colt Pistol) round is a classic that was given birth in 1908 by the infamous engineer of all that is holy in firearms, John Moses Browning. Also known as 9mm kurz (German for short), 380-auto and 9x17mm, but we will simple call it 380 here. The 380 was long used around the world by military and security forces as a duty round, especially for senior military officers and police detectives. The Germans loved it in their Walther PPK while the Italians used it in the...
  15. What Round is More Effective, 9, 45 or 40?

    In handgun circles, isn't that the most debated question? It's worse than Coke vs. Pepsi, Ford vs. Chevy, or UFC vs. Pride. What is more effective 9mm Parabellum, .45ACP, or .40S&W? Punch in Penetration test 45 9mm 40 into Google and you get some 7,380,000 results. There is plenty of inaccurate information regarding ballistics/terminal performance disseminated on web forums, even those that are dedicated as LE only. In looking at valid tests, a good place to get information from is the US...
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