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.45 ACP Ammo
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Best .45 ACP Ammo: Self-Defense & Target Practice

“The only reason I carry a .45 is because they don’t make a .46.” How many times have I heard that old chestnut? Technically, they now make a .46-plus – the .500 S&W Magnum (.500 bullet diameter) and the .480 Ruger (.475 bullet diameter), to name a couple – but they are heavy-duty revolver rounds ... Read more
Shooting Range
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Rimfire vs Centerfire – What is the difference?

Many hunters like myself use rimfire ammunition nearly as often as centerfire ammunition. But do I prefer one over the other? And what is the main difference between centerfire and rimfire ammunition anyway? Big spoiler…. powder, and power. Firearm Design and Function When reviewing the debate for rimfire versus centerfire ammunition, you must consider more ... Read more
.380 ACP Shells
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Best 380 Ammo: Self-Defense & Target Practice

You may be wondering “why do a best-of article on ammo for a marginal carry gun” … it’s because of popularity. The .380 is here, stronger than ever, with many folks carrying them – myself included. Its popularity has surged over the last few years to the point where many claim it to be a ... Read more
Fiocchi Ammo boxes
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[Review] Fiocchi Ammo

Quick – I say “Fiocchi ammo” and you come back with: “_____!” OK…let me fill in the blank. You might say ”They make some great .22 rimfire ammo!”, or “Not bad for being made in Italy!” (Speaking of Italy, I’ve heard different pronunciations of “Fiocchi” – for the record, it’s fee-OH-key). You would be correct ... Read more
Selection of handgun powders
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A Brief Guide To Handgun Powders

I am a reloader. I take the brass cases that others often toss in the trash can (or just leave on the ground), clean them, and re-use them. I admit it. I’m a pack rat of the highest water when it comes to brass. (Don’t even ask about the lead-colored items I hoard from my ... Read more
cast bullets on board
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How To: Cast Bullets [Complete Guide]

The sun was just beginning to peek over the tree line as one of my sons and I sat at the edge of a thicket, facing a large, unmowed meadow. It was November and deer firearms season. We watched a couple of nice does meander towards us across the meadow. We decided I would attempt ... Read more
Handgun Caliber Comparison
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Handgun Calibers [Ultimate Guide]

If you’re a brand-new handgunner or if you’re a seasoned veteran, sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at some data on the cartridges we shoot. Maybe we’re thinking of expanding our gun collection but are not sure which way to go in terms of caliber, or maybe we’re just curious as ... Read more
Reloading equipment
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How To Reload Ammo [Ultimate Guide]

Why Reload? While reloading for your guns is usually thought of as a cost-savings for those of us who shoot a lot, there are other advantages involved. The common assumption is that you save money by reloading-and that is true, to a point. If you are a volume shooter or a competitive shooter, saving money ... Read more
bullets before “baking”
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Why & How To: Powder Coating Bullets

In spite of the growing popularity and supply of jacketed bullets, many shooters still shoot cast bullets. Cast bullets are easily made at home or are inexpensive to purchase in quantity, are economical, and don’t require an elaborate set-up or supply chain to produce. (My bullets come from plain old wheel weights that a friendly ... Read more

The 338 Lapua: A Brief Guide

Most shooters and hunters have heard of the .338 Lapua (8.6×70mm or 8.58×70mm), which received its status as a 1500 meter sniping round. A .338 Lapua launches 250 grain bullets over 3000fps and 300 grain bullets over 2850fps, with good hand loads and sub 1/2 moa accuracy. The .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, designed in the ... Read more
.300 Winchester Magnum
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.300 Winchester Magnum: A Brief Guide

In 1963, Winchester introduced the .300 Winchester Magnum, which featured a longer case than the .338, as long as what could be housed in a Winchester long action to achieve optimum velocities. The shoulder was moved forward to maximize powder capacity that created a short neck. Factory ammunition for the .300 Win Mag is loaded ... Read more

Moly Coated Bullets: A Warning

Molybdenum-disulfide, known as Moly, is a black, slick compound used to coat copper jacket bullets. It lubricates the bullet and reduces friction when the bullet travels down the bore. This is meant to facilitate a long string of shots between cleaning without affecting accuracy. However, it’s not quite that simple and moly coating has its drawbacks. It ... Read more

The Concept of a Smart Bullet

Marksmanship is not easy. Any shooter has to spend countless hours of training to learn how to calculate hitting a moving target with a small flying piece of metal. However, that could change in the future. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a branch of the United States Department of Defense that has ... Read more

.243 WSSM – The Long-Awaited 6mm?

Although the .223 Remington, .308 Winchester, and .300 Magnums are commonly used as sniper cartridges, they aren’t the most suitable. Consequently, the sniping community has been looking at the high velocity 6mm cartridge as a possible solution. In 2003, Winchester introduced the .243 Winchester Super Short Magnum and this article compares its ballistic performance against ... Read more
.357 Magnum Ammo
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.357 Mag vs 9mm – Cartridge Comparison

Any conversation about cartridge comparisons, especially when talking about handgun cartridges, comes up there is a good chance that at least one of the two cartridges we are discussing in this article come up. The .357 vs 9mm is a comparison that features two of the more popular and well known cartridges. Both are entrenched ... Read more
9mm Luger Ammo
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9mm vs 10mm – Cartridge Comparison

When it comes to self-defense, there are several valid arguments for the 9mm vs 10mm handgun. Both are very popular and have their advantages and disadvantages. However, the 9mm is widely regarded as the ‘ideal’ handgun for self-defense and is one of the most highly used handguns in military and police forces. This goes for ... Read more