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260 Remington Ballistics and Ammo

by By Norman Gray, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

As you get older, it’s said you get wiser and the latter is rumored to be a byproduct of the former. In the case of ammunition, older is usually better, in that time in the field has built a solid reputation with the shooter. The .223 Remington/5.56x45 (1962), .308 Winchester/7.62x51 (1952) and 30-06 Springfield/7.62x63 (1906) are all household names and are MUCH older than I, Norman Gray (1967). What ab...

Best Public Hunting - Public Lands Hunting in the West

by Zach Lazzari, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The west is ripe with lands that open the door to the best public hunting for everyone. In a way, that access safeguards the future of hunting by ensuring the opportunity is available to the public. Limiting access would only contribute to the decline in hunting numbers. That said, public land hunting isn’t always easy. Areas are sometimes crowded, competitive and difficult. Here are a few ways to plan and approach a western public lands hunt.

An elk herd moves between pu...

.223 Rem/5.56x45mm Reloading and Ballistics

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

About the .223 Remington/5.56x45mm The .223 Rem is one of the most popular rounds in today’s market. Developed from the .222 Remington, the .223 was designed to achieve ballistics for military use. The .223 Rem in its military form is known as the 5.56x45mm NATO. The differences between the two are the pressures that they are loaded at and the chamber of the firearms themselves.

There are so many rifles and handguns chambered in .223 being produced that it would be just abou...

Reloading 6.5 Creedmoor | 6.5 Creedmoor Ballistics

by Bob Shell, Thursday, October 19, 2017
There are several new rounds that are becoming more and more popular. One of the most popular in recent years is the 6.5 Creedmoor. With an earned reputation for superior accuracy, competition shooters and hunters around the world are taking notice of the 6.5 Creedmoor.

.243 Winchester Ballistics and Reloading

by Norman Gray, Wednesday, September 6, 2017
240 Page Super Pouper? Oh Yea, the .243 Winchester!

Reloading for .41 Caliber Handguns: .41 Mag and .41 Special

by Bob Shell, Friday, July 21, 2017
In 1935, the .357 Magnum was introduced as the most powerful revolver round in existence. The .357 Mag is a very versatile round, considering the .38 Special and other shorter rounds that can be fired in it. In 1955, the .44 Magnum was introduced and became “the king of the hill.” The .41 Mag was introduced in 1964 in the S&W Model 58. Power-wise, the .41 Magnum falls between the .357 and .44, which puts it in a category of being powerful enough for any self-defense situation, as...

.338 Federal – An Excellent Caliber for Big Game

by Tim Noland, Friday, June 30, 2017
In the 11 years since it’s been introduced, the .338 Federal has earned a reputation for great accuracy and stopping power. Combine those into a controllable package offering less recoil than other calibers with similar capabilities, and you have an all-star big game caliber. Developed in 2006 by Federal and Sako, the .338 Federal packs a powerful punch while remaining easy on the shoulder.

Reloading the .444 Marlin

by John Taffin, Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Sometimes you just have to wonder what happens in between the birth of a great idea and the actual carrying out of bringing it to reality. Marlin and Remington put their heads together and came up with an excellent idea. That is, coming up with a levergun more powerful than the .44 Magnum but having less recoil than the .45-70. The cartridge was the .444 Marlin while the platform used was the Marlin Model 336 levergun. As a teenager I often lusted over the pictures of t...

Making .357 Magnum Ammo: A Powerful and Versatile Caliber

by Bob Shell, Monday, February 6, 2017
The .357 Magnum was introduced in 1935. At the time, it was the most powerful handgun round in existence. That was true until the .44 Magnum came out in 1955. Since then, quite a few rounds have eclipsed it in power. However, the .357 is still a popular and potent round. In this article, we’ll take a look at the flexibility of the .357 Mag, using .357 for self-defense, and hunting with .357. We’ll also cover selecting .357 Mag bullets, shooting the .357, loads for the .357, and some ...

Reloading .358 Winchester | .358 Winchester History, Uses & Ballistics

by Norman Gray, Friday, January 13, 2017
The .358 Winchester: Still A Major Contender

Written by Norman Gray
Technical Expertise by Bob Shell

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 who still load .358 Winchester.

In 1977, Ron (pictured with his deer) purchased a new B...

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