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The .358 Winchester: Still A Major Contender

by Norman Gray, Friday, January 13, 2017
Written by Norman Gray
Technical Expertise by Bob Shell

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: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.


A well-used and well-loved Browning BLR lever action rifle in .358 Winchester. It seemed to love Doubletap’s 250 gr. Jacketed Soft Point ammunition. Doubletap is one of only a handfull of manufacturers ...

Hunters Now Have More Choices in More States with .444 Marlin and .357 Max

by Hunter Pilant, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
State hunting authorities have listened to enthusiastic hunters and have been adjusting regulations to expand legal ammunition calibers to allow more choices. Popular deer hunting states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and others have revised their laws to allow more choices for deer hunting and other game animals, including rifles chambered in .444 Marlin and .357 Max.

The changes in laws in these states are allowing specific rifle and pistol ca...

45 Auto Bullseye Shooting

by Chase Turner, Tuesday, October 18, 2016
We received this article unsolicited from one of our customers. We enjoyed reading it and wanted to share it with you.

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” Mr. Emerson wrote in his 1841 essay Self-Reliance, which speaks a truth to us today that all could use more of a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to what you ought to believe. Our friends in Missouri already know this, of course: if you are going to make a case for some matt...

Unconventional Reloading Setups

by David S. McComas, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
We received this article unsolicited from one of our customers. We enjoyed reading it and wanted to share it with you.

I’ve been shooting since before I can remember. I was born in 1948 and started reloading in 1975. Perhaps I was a late bloomer, because I didn’t have the ideal domestic situation to set up the reloading equipment. My first attempt was with a Lee Loader on the kitchen table. My wife objected to the possibility of marring the new table. Had I continued,...

Reloading and Applications for the 9mm

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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In 1904, the German Navy brought out the 9x19, better known as the 9mm. The 9x19 is also commonly referred to as the 9mm Luger or 9mm Parabellum. In 1908, the rest of the German military started using the 9mm caliber. Since then, many other countries and police departme...

.308 Winchester: Heading Down Range For Over 64 Years

by Norman Gray, Thursday, September 1, 2016
November 11, 1918 marked the end of the First World War and the U.S. Ordnance Corp wanted a smaller cartridge to replace the 30-06 Springfield. Like all government undertakings, by the end of the Second World War, the engineers at the Frankford Arsenal had begun to experiment using the 300 Savage case. In 1952 the .308 Winchester had become a reality and for the military, the cartridge designated, Ball, Cal. 30 T65 was ready for testing. The performance of the experimental round could not match ...

Reloading Tips and Tricks 2.0

by Hunter Pilant, Thursday, August 11, 2016
More and more people are beginning to reload their own ammunition due to the cost savings associated with it. Reloading also provides the opportunity to customize your loads to meet your ammo needs. Whether you are a veteran reloader or a newbie to reloading, we have compiled a few tips and tricks to help you in your reloading endeavors in Reloading Tips and Tricks 2.0. For more helpful tips, take a look at our previous article Reloading Tips and Tricks.

Pistol Fever: Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Remington Magnum

by Chase Turner, Friday, April 8, 2016
We received this article unsolicited from one of our customers. We enjoyed reading this and wanted to share it with you. We can all relate to the author’s pistol fever.


We all make mistakes. They come in all shapes, sizes and quantities. I ought to know, since I just made one. So, please, let me confess: I spent too much money on a pistol. Which, in order to get, I needed to trade a pistol of mine. And additional money. Did I mention that the pistol was perhaps not...

How to Read Fired Brass to Determine the Performance of Your Load

by Bob Shell, Friday, March 18, 2016
When we reload and fire out ammo, we naturally want to know how it performs. Two of the most common things we look at is the round’s accuracy and if it fed ok. If you are a little more serious, you may purchase a chronograph so you can measure the velocity and consistency of your loads. These are good ways to evaluate your efforts.


Something that many people overlook is how the brass looks after being fired. If you know how to read the signs, you will learn a lot on how your...

Black Powder vs. Smokeless Powder:
The History and Characteristics of
Gun Powder Types

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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45-70 Government

by M. L. McPherson, Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Synopsis: Anyone who has worked with the 45-70 Government with loads using blackpowder, smokeless to match blackpowder performance, or smokeless loads at higher pressure, soon learns that this cartridge offers phenomenal performance. Indeed, it will forever remain unsurpassed as an overall short-range hunting round and long-range low-velocity target round. The list of other useful characteristics is long. In the following discussion, I will gloss over a few critical details and ...

How to Purchase a Suppressor

by Hunter Pilant, Monday, July 20, 2015
For individuals, businesses, trusts, and Federal Firearms Licensees

Reloading Tips and Tricks

by Hunter Pilant, Thursday, June 18, 2015
Over the years, reloading has become a popular hobby among shooting enthusiasts. Whether it is to save money, produce wildcat cartridges, or just looking for a new hobby, reloading can be a great skill for shooters to have. If you are new to reloading and not sure what you might need to start producing your own ammunition, check out our previous article “Let’s Get Ready to Reload.” For new and veteran reloaders alike, we at Starline have put together some tips to help make the ...

Why Guns Blow Up Part IV: Excess Pressure

by Bob Shell, Thursday, May 14, 2015
Things that can cause excess pressure are oil in the chamber or excess grease in the barrel. It usually won’t blow up a gun, but excess grease in the barrel can cause a bulge and ruin a gun. I know a person that always put way too much oil in his chamber after cleaning it. We were shooting one day and upon him firing his 7 mm magnum, smoke came out from the chamber. The bolt was hard to open and the case was stuck in the bolt head. We got it out and the primer pocket had expanded. Upon cle...

Why Guns Blow Up Part III

by Bob Shell, Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I have heard of people pulling 22-rimfire magnum ammo to add more powder for silhouette shooting. Those folks must want to win a Darwin Award. First of all, pulling rimfire ammo can cause it to go off, especially with an inertia bullet puller. The rim gets a pounding when bullets are being pulled. While it is harmless with centerfire ammo, going off in the puller is a real possibility with rimfire ammo. Putting extra powder in any 22 rimfire is asking for a trip to the hospital. Since the primin...

Starline Brass Heads East: “Head East, Young Man…”

by Chris Young, Monday, March 16, 2015
It’s understood that the westward expansion is core to the average Western storyline. The Starline Brass storyline, however, is anything but average. Starline has found success by looking at things a little differently. In one daring move, they turned the other direction, taking their six-shooters and moving their operations over 1,600 miles east in the process of becoming the makers of America’s finest brass for reloading ammunition.

Loading with Correct 38-55 Cases

by M.L. McPherson, Monday, February 16, 2015
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

This article, including pictures and captions, first published in Precision Shooting magazine (now defunct). This material is the property of the author. We have used it here with his explicit permission.


Synopsis: The 38-55 Winchester Center Fire (WCF) is a unique ex...

Starline Brass: Success Built Upon Excellence

by Gun Trade World, Tuesday, January 20, 2015
There are no secrets to success in the business world. You must have a product for which there’s a demand and you must have a workforce and leadership dedicated to producing that item with the highest possible quality. At the same time, you must control your costs to offer your product at a reasonable and competitive price. Starline Brass, located in the heart of the American Midwest, has a consistent record of meeting these demanding challenges and is the premiere U.S. producer of handgun...

Why Guns Blow Up Part II

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, December 9, 2014
In some instances, blanks can blow up a gun. What happens is the wadding that some use can get stuck in the barrel around the blank adapter causing an obstruction. If you are using a gun with a blank adapter, keep a close eye on it as it may need to be cleared out fairly often. Since blank powder is hotter than conventional powder, a blow up is very possible if it is not cleaned out properly. It is similar to shooting an obstruction out of the barrel.

Do not even think about using blank p...

Why Guns Blow Up Part I

by Bob Shell, Friday, May 23, 2014
Since the inception of guns in the 13th or 14th century, guns have been exploding. In the early days, it was the metal technology that was at fault. They were made from brass or wrought iron and just wouldn’t stand up to shooting, even with the weaker black powders of the period. The powder of that period was weaker, not having much saltpeter and it was finer than it is now. Granulations weren’t used then. The cannons were so dangerous that prisoners were used to fire them and if the...

The History of Starline Brass: An Innovative Idea

by Tim Noland, Friday, March 28, 2014
Starline has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of handgun brass. Starline’s innovative thinking, unique manufacturing processes, vast mechanical and industry knowledge, and endless attention-to-detail have been the key ingredients to their success. Starline’s history is truly one of humble beginnings. It is a story about how two friends turned an innovative idea into a very successful business.

The idea of Starline Brass was developed in the mid 1970&rsq...

.32 Revolvers

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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The .32 caliber came out just about as soon as cartridge arms were introduced. The advantage of course was their compact size and multiple shot capability. The fact that they were badly underpowered didn’t seem to hurt sales much. The idea was to have a repeating handgun for self-defense. No on...

Small Primer vs. Large Primer

by Bob Shell, Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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Recently some companies started making cases with small pistol primers for the 45 ACP. Why? Who knows? Anyway, it is something we have to deal with so I am doing testing on small VS larger through the chronograph. I have found that Federal and Fiocchi are using small primers in their ammo. It&rsquo...

Reload! Right in the Box

by Kevin Michalowski, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Yes, I know there is an ammo shortage. Prices are high and ammo is scarce, so this drill, like the last few will help you maintain your skills without burning any ammo.

The focus this issue is reloading the auto-loading pistol. Sorry revolver guys, I will get something for you in the near future. The focus right now is getting more rounds into your pistol effectively and that means practicing the skills correctly. Good shooters practice until they get it right. Exceptional shooters prac...

.38 Specials

by Mike Venturino, Wednesday, November 13, 2013
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

In perusing my hand-jotted 47 year old records it was discovered that I’ve owned 25 .38 Special revolvers. Add to that a single .38 Special lever gun and there have been a total of 26 firearms into which I’ve fed lead alloy projectiles loaded in .38 Special cases. These have included Smit...

Weak-Hand Shooting? You Might Need It.

by Kevin Michalowski, Tuesday, November 5, 2013
As students of defensive shooting we train not for probability, but for possibility. Is it probable we will be in a gunfight? Nope. But it is possible. Is it probable that if you are in said gunfight that you may need to defend your life with only our weak hand? Again, I don’t have statistical evidence as to probability, but it certainly is possible.

I am often tabbed as the bad guy in the force-on-force scenarios set up by our local SWAT team and I cannot begin to tell you how ma...

Roundnose Revolver Loads

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, October 3, 2013
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Roundnose bullets today are considered as archaic as wooden wheels. Yet up until the 1960s the vast bulk of factory non-magnum revolver ammunition carried RN lead bullets. For decades I bought into the common trend. Therefore when able to scrape up a few bucks for another handgun bullet mould it was ...

Shooters: Do Your Homework | Pro-Staff Diaries #3

by Bruce Piatt, Thursday, September 26, 2013
“Doing your Homework”

From your earliest school days to efforts as a Pro Shooter.... You’ve got to do your homework. Whether you’re a hunter, a plinker or an active competitive shooter, if you want any kind of success, there is a process to learning what you have to do to be successful that just can’t be skipped. That process involves.... Doing your homework.

If it’s finding the right load for the game you’re going after or the game you...

Making Blank Ammo

by Bob Shell, Thursday, September 19, 2013
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When I started making blanks some years ago I discovered something right off the bat. There was little or no info anywhere in regards to the subject. I looked everywhere to no avail. If there was something written about blanks I was unable to locate it. Anyway I applied the same methods that I used f...

Avoiding the Negligent Discharge

by Kevin Michalowski, Thursday, September 12, 2013
The key element to avoiding the negligent discharge is to keep your finger off the trigger. During the draw and when you are in the ready position, you cannot fire the gun if your finger is off the trigger. I will never use the term accidental discharge when talking about a firearm. That is because firearms do not fire themselves. They do not “go off.” There is a specific series of steps that must be completed in order to make firearm go from quiet to loud. If that firearm becomes l...

Shooting the 41 Long Colt

by Bob Shell, Thursday, September 5, 2013
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The 41 was brought out in 1877 for the Colt Lightening model and later introduced in the New Navy and Bisley models. It was brought out as a self defense round and with the relatively blunt 200 grain bullet it was considered adequate. Many old west characters liked it due to ease of carrying. It was ...

Clearing the Cover Garment - Don't Overlook This Vitally Important Skill

by Kevin Michalowski, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
When lifting a shirt, reach all the way across your stomach and grab the hem. There's that feeling in your gut. For whatever reason you turn just in time so see someone coming out of the shadow near your car. Your heart rate spikes as you see something that looks like a knife at the same instant you realize there is no way to make it to the relative safety of your vehicle or back to the building. The number of options is shrinking with each of the stranger's deliberate steps.

In your m...

Personal Defense: Hang On to Your Gun

by Brent T. Wheat, Tuesday, August 13, 2013
It is often said that the first rule of a gunfight is to bring a gun. That’s all well and good but have you ever reached for that gun and experienced the most horrible feeling on earth as your hand closed around thin air?

Regardless if you’ve had that experience or merely had a bad dream about a similar circumstance, let’s talk about handgun retention. Our goal is to keep you in positive contact with the operational part of the firearm while the end with the big hole i...

Trigger Control for the Double-Action

by Kevin Michalowski, Tuesday, August 6, 2013
They invented double-action firing mechanisms for a reason. If you own one you should be able to use it effectively as it was designed to be used. You simply pull the trigger to make the firearm function. I'm not going to get into semantics about whether you should "press" the trigger or "roll" the trigger. Let's just use the common terminology. You pull it. The double-action trigger pull is long and sometimes heavy because the pull completes both actions of cocking and firing the handgun.


Personal Defense: Car Attack

by Brent T. Wheat, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The author defends himself against a knife attack during training inside a vehicle simulator using plastic weapons. One of the most likely places to become involved in a dangerous confrontation is inside your motor vehicle. As cars and trucks are the primary modes of personal transportation in our highly mobile society it is quite likely that when danger comes around, it will find you sitting at a stoplight picking your teeth in the rearview mirror.

The primary problem while inside a v...

Working Up Loads

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

After you get your necessary equipment to reload a certain caliber, there are a couple of more decisions you need to make. You have to ask yourself what is expected of the ammo. Of course, it has to be within the capabilities of the selected weapon. For instance if you have a 30-30 and try to make it...

Bianchi Cup Preparation: Pro-Staff Diaries #2

by Bruce Piatt, Tuesday, July 16, 2013
At the end of my last Pro-Staff Diaries, I was preparing for the Bianchi Cup. Some history is in order here because the Bianchi Cup is where my career started. It was the first major match that I traveled to. It was the shooting discipline that “set the hook” in me, so to speak. The importance on accuracy in this sport, with the addition of drawing from a holster, and strict time limits seemed to fit my shooting style. The Bianchi Cup, or its official designation, Th...

Loading Lead

by Mike Venturino, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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As this is written ongoing is a nationwide politically inspired panic concerning not only some types of firearms but virtually all types of ammunition and even reloading components. As for smokeless powders and primers there isn’t much that can be done. Jacketed handgun bullets of all types are...

Slugging Handgun Barrels

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Why anyone would want to “slug” a barrel. The sole reason is to determine its size, or more precisely, its interior diameter. Why? So the proper size bullets can be sent through it. With most American made handguns of modern manufacture slugging a barrel is likely not necessary. Tolerance...

Shooting Black Powder Cartridge Firearms

by Bob Shell, Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Black powder was the only propellant for guns from the 13th century until 1886 when the French developed the first usable smokeless powder for the 8 X 50 Lebel rifle cartridge. Black powder is made from sulfur, saltpeter and charcoal in various formulas throughout the centuries. As far back as 1000 A...

Rattler Sixguns

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, June 27, 2013
If you like snakes, especially venomous ones then you ought now read further. I don’t go looking for snakes to shoot and never bother a harmless one. That said, I also don’t feel any pangs of conscience about shooting a rattlesnake found around human habitations.

Recently a German reader visited. As cat and dog lovers, he and his wife were thrilled with our large array of beautiful and friendly felines and canines. However, at one point I mentioned “my snake-gun”...

Roundnose/Flatpoint Cast Bullet Designs

by Mike Venturino, Monday, June 17, 2013
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Is there a more versatile cast bullet design for rifles and handguns than the age-old roundnose/flatpoint (RN/FP)? Unless there are extenuating factors they will feed through every type of repeating firearm ever put on the market – revolvers, pistols, lever guns, and semi-auto, bolt action, and...

Drillings & Doubles

by Bob Shell, Monday, June 17, 2013
Shooting a J Reeb Drilling DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

The concept of a drilling, a 3 barrel gun is an interesting one. You have a rifle and shotgun in one firearm. Where it’s legal you can hunt both large and small game at the same time and instantly shoot the appropriate barrel.

Most of them are handy and well...

Shooters Turn to Reloading for Supply and Savings

by Brandon Butler, Friday, June 7, 2013
Reloading is the process of building ammunition by assembling the parts by hand. It provides shooters a way to save money, increase supply and have fun all at the same time. As the firearms industry continues to surge due to the current political climate, ammunition has become harder to find. Because of this, the popularity of reloading has greatly increased.

Reloading isn’t rocket science, but it is pretty technical. It’s not something you can just decide to do without a li...

Making Cases Into Other Cases

by Bob Shell, Friday, June 7, 2013
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

Some of us play with guns that ammo isn’t available for which makes them more interesting then the newbies. They are long obsolete and may have never been popular in the first place. One option is to not shoot the gun. That of course isn’t a viable option to me unless the gun is unsafe to...

Let's Get Ready to Reload

by Hunter Pilant, Friday, June 7, 2013
So you think you want to reload some ammo? Maybe you just purchased your first centerfire weapon and you want to save some money on practice ammo? Maybe you want to create some customized loads that the ammo factories don’t offer? Maybe you want to fine-tune your loads to give you more success on the range or in the field? Maybe you need to reload out of necessity because you own firearms with rare chambering? Maybe you are looking for a great new hobby? There are lots of reasons to reload...

My Competitive Shooting Schedule - Spring '13 | Pro-Staff Diaries #1

by Bruce Piatt, Friday, May 24, 2013
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

Welcome to the first Pro-Staff Diary article I will be writing for Starline Brass. I will be sharing with you the in’s and out’s of what goes on behind the scenes: a running Blog, so to speak, of what I, as a sponsored shooter goes thru to prepare, travel, and compete at 12-15 major match...

What Tools You Need for Reloading

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
When you get into reloading , the first thing you need is tools and equipment. Everyone is going to tell you about the press, scales and powder measure plus your dies. There are many publications that describe those items and which ones you need. That is a good place to start but you need a lot of other items mostly small low cost tools. They are important and necessary to conduct a successful reloading operation so we will discuss those.

There are a lot of smaller tools that are just a...

The .38 WCF/.38-40

by Mike Venturino, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.
The first thing one must know when becoming acquainted with the .38 WCF/.38-40 is that it’s nowhere near .38 caliber. It is actually .40 caliber using .400 inch bullets. Why Winchester named it .38 is a mystery. Then the first question one should ask about this cartridge is why it was introduced in...

Loading the 45 Auto

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

My good friend's wife shooting Ruger with reloads. She is deadly with this and most other guns. Everyone who is familiar with handguns knows about the 45 auto. It is one of the most common calibers for a good reason. It works. Many companies that make handguns include the 45 in their lineup, espec...

Selecting a Reloading Press

by Bob Shell, Thursday, April 25, 2013
You have made the decision to get into reloading your own ammo. Congratulations, you have made a decision that will allow you to quit depending on other people for your shooting needs. It is a great hobby with many upsides.

Now you have to select the equipment needed and there are a lot of variations depending on your budget and needs. Some thought should be used in equipment selection to avoid buying the wrong type of tooling. If you know an experienced reloader that would be a great h...

.44 Smith & Wesson Russian - History and Cartridge Info

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, April 25, 2013
DISCLAIMER: All reloading data in this article is for informational purposes only. Starline Brass and the author accept no responsibility for use of the data in this article.

In 1871 the U.S. Army bought 1,000 of S&W’s brand new No.3 revolvers chambered for a round that was first called only .44/100. It used a heel-base type of bullet; meaning there was a reduced diameter shank to fit inside the cartridge case. The full diameter of the bullet was the same as the...