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240 Page Super Pouper? Oh Yea, the .243 Winchester!

by Norman Gray, Wednesday, September 6, 2017

This Ruger M77 in .243 Winchester has been on multiple hunts and one house fire and besides adding some character to the stock, it still shoots and operates like it was new.


When I was ten years old my sister took me to watch the first Star Wars movie. Since that time, I’ve seen every subsequent movie on the big screen. Now I understand that these are science fiction movies and they don’t seem to have a lot to do with the .243 Winchester, but hear me out. In the...

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 ...

The .358 Winchester: Still A Major Contender

by Norman Gray, Friday, January 13, 2017
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 Browning BLR lever action rifle chambered in .358 Winchester to hunt nat...

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
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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
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 departments have implemented the caliber. The 9mm round has been chambered in many handguns and sub machine guns and is a very popular round today. It is the official round for both NATO and the United States.

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