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Reloading 7.62x39mm

by Norman Gray, Thursday, February 7, 2019

My Poly Tech International AK-47S has served me well and for over 17 years. It is the rifle I used to test all my loads for this article.

History of the 7.62x39mm

January 23, 1942, 321 miles west of Moscow, the village of Kholm Russia is encircled by the German Army. 5,500 German troops hold this position for 105 days. The German’s are fielding a new breed of self-loading rifle, the Maschinenkarabiner 42(W) or MKb42 developed by C...

Reloading Kits vs. Creating Your Own Setup

by Blake Williams, Wednesday, January 2, 2019
When it comes to hand-loading, education is key. Without having a base knowledge of how hand-loading works, you will have a hard time deciphering what components you will need when you first start reloading. The best place to start would be a reloading manual. Most reloading manuals have in depth explanations on components and how to use them that will help you tremendously on your path.

Some of the questions you might be asking yourself as a new reloader: Is it better to buy a pre...

.224 Valkyrie Ballistics & Reloading

by Steve Gash, Tuesday, November 13, 2018
.224 Valkyrie Cartridge Information

The .224 Valkyrie has a lot of potential and an interesting background. A lot of recent cartridge and rifle development has been geared to “long-range shooting.” (Of course, what is considered “long range” means different things to different shooters). As an example, the 6.5 Creedmoor was introduced in 2008, and is indeed a terrific cartridge—flat shooting, efficient, and super accurate.

Download 6.5 Guide

by Starline Brass & Gavin Gear, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The Complete 6.5 Creedmoor Starline Cartridge Guide offers a comprehensive look at the popular cartridge including:

Reloading & Ballistics Load Data and Development Hunting & More! This guide is the culmination of a partnership between Starline Brass and Gavin Gear of UltimateReloader.com with contributions by Hornady and Hodgdon.

Download or print the 6.5 Creedmoor Starline Cartridge Guide today!

Does Necking Down Brass Affect Neck Tension?

by Hunter Pilant, Friday, September 14, 2018
Recently a customer reached out with pressure concerns in Starline 6mm Creedmoor brass that had been formed from Starline 6.5 Creedmoor cases. The brass had been fired twice and some cases would no longer hold the primer. As this is an uncommon issue, the customer was asked to supply his load data so I could do some further examination into what could be causing the shortened case life.

At first, the problem seemed pretty cut and dry. I quickly discovered the load was at maxim...

Hunting with AR’s

by Zach Lazzari, Monday, April 23, 2018

There is some confusion today among the general public about what an AR is. The mainstream media often refers to AR’s as assault rifles, which is inaccurate. The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does not stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” AR-15-style rifles are not “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully auto...

How to Make Wildcat Cartridges | Wildcat Ammo Loading Guide

by Wayne Van Zwoll, Thursday, April 19, 2018
The History of Wildcat Cartridges Designing a cartridge – even tweaking a classic – puts you on the path of handloading pioneers!

The term may have sprung up in the oil fields. Following the Civil War, whale oil had become so expensive, the U.S. government subsidized exploration for petroleum – whose price vaulted from 35 cents a barrel in 1862 to $13.75 later that decade. Wildcatters drilled where oil hadn’t yet been discovered. John D. R...

Starline 6.5 Grendel vs. 6.8 SPC

by By Steve Gash, Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The AR platform is one of the most popular rifle systems on the market today, but the vast majority of them are chambered for the .223/5.56mm. Not everyone (including your seldom-humble correspondent) is enamored with this round. Why? It’s just a “rat gun;” shooting lightweight bullets of modest power. As a result, numerous larger-caliber rounds have been developed for the AR that offer more versatility and potential for personal defense or hunting game larger than coyotes, bec...

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 b...

6.5 Creedmoor History & Introduction

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.

.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...

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 | Creative Reloading Presses

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,...

9mm Reloading | 9mm Shooting and Applications

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.

Reloading .308 Winchester | .308 WIN History

by Norman Gray, Thursday, September 1, 2016
History of the .308 Winchester Heading Down Range For Over 64 Years

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 | Comparing Gunpowder Types

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, October 13, 2015
History and Characteristics of Gun Powder Types In a few words, gunpowder is the fuel for a load. That would include muzzle loaders as well as cartridge arms. The one exception is air guns which use compressed air as the power source and that is accomplished in various ways. I imagine that there are various experiments to find something better than gunpowder but to my knowledge, that hasn’t been accomplished yet. No one knows for sure exactly when black powder was first invented, though t...

45-70 Government Loads | 45-70 Applications

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 | Gun Reloading Guide

by Hunter Pilant, Thursday, June 18, 2015
Over the years, gun 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 a gun reloading guide t...

Why Guns Blow Up Part IV: Excess Pressure | Guns Blow Up

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 make a gun blow up, 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. Upo...

Why Guns Blow Up Part III: Overloading and Underloading Ammo | Gun Explosion

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 a gun explosion, 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 risk where a gun blows up. Since th...

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 Winchester Cases | 38-55 Rifle

by M.L. McPherson, Monday, February 16, 2015
Synopsis: The 38-55 Winchester Center Fire (WCF) is a unique example among metallic cartridges — through almost 125 years of production, until quite recently, 38-55 cases had evidently never been made correctly for use with conventional bullets. Starline recently solved that problem. For most shooters loading conventional cast bullets in guns with standard 38-55 rifle bores and correctly cut chambers, using the 2.125-inch long, thin-necked, Starline 38-55 Winchester cases can provide a sig...

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: Loading Blank Ammo | Using the Correct Powder

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.

Why Guns Blow Up Part I | Reasons for Gun Explosions

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 | Reloading 32 Revolver Ammo

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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 one wants to get shot with anything including a 32 revolver, so even though they lacked power, they still provided a deterring factor. Various companies made them in both center and rim fire.


Small Pistol Primers vs Large Pistol Primers

by Bob Shell, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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 pistol primers in their ammo. It’s conclusive that large primers give more velocity with all powders tested especially the slower ones such as Herco. That is because the large pistol primer has a stronger ignition on t...

Pistol Reloading | Magazine Reloading

by Kevin Michalowski, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Reload! Right in the Box, Reloading Magazine

38 Special Revolver | 38 Revolver

by Mike Venturino, Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In pursuing 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 Smith & Wesson’s small J-frame, medium K-frame, and large N-frame double actions along with a variety of Colt SAA .38s. The single lever gun was a fine quality Navy Arms Model 1866 saddle ring c...

Self Defense Shooting | Weak Hand Shooting Techniques

by Kevin Michalowski, Tuesday, November 5, 2013
As students of self defense 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 y...

Roundnose Bullet Types | Types of Bullets

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, October 3, 2013
Roundnose Revolver Loads

Roundnose types of 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 type mould it was cut for a WC or SWC design. Then in the early 1980s, I began to undergo a change. Instead of basing my knowledge on others’ writings I started ...

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 | How to Make Ammo

by Bob Shell, Thursday, September 19, 2013
When I started making blank ammo 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 for designing bullets or other oddball projects I engage in, trial and error. There was plenty of error believe me but that’s how you learn. After some searching I found some blank powder at...

Avoiding Negligent Discharge | Reckless Discharge

by Kevin Michalowski, Thursday, September 12, 2013
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 loud before you intend it to become loud, you are negligent.

The key element to avoiding the negligent discharge is to keep your finger off the trigger. During the draw and whe...

41 Long Colt | 41 Caliber Revolver

by Bob Shell, Thursday, September 5, 2013
Shooting the 41 Long Colt

The 41 Long Colt was brought out in 1877 for the Colt Lightning 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 said that Billy the Kid favored it as he had small hands which made it easier to handle. Just for the record there is a 41 Short Colt round w...

Concealed Gun Training | Clearing the Cover Garment

by Kevin Michalowski, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Clearing the Cover Garment - Don't Overlook This Vitally Important Skill

When lifting a shirt to reach a concealed gun, 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 ...

Personal Defense: Hang On to Your Gun | Handgun Holsters

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 handgun holster 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 w...

Double Action Pistol | Trigger Control

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 pistol trigger pull is long and sometimes heavy because the pull completes both actions of cocking and firing the handgun...

Personal Defense: Car Attack | Car Defense

by Brent T. Wheat, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
One of the most likely places to become involved in a dangerous confrontation is inside your motor vehicle. Car defense is important 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 author defends himself against a car attack during training inside a vehicle simulator using plastic weapons.


Working Up Loads | Ammo Loads

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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 loads. 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 into a 300 magnum that is both foolish and dangerous. With safe loads, you can expect to shoot a 170 grain bullet at about 2200 FPS or maybe a slight increase but not much. The case capacity a...

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...

Lead Alloy Bullets | Handloading Lead Bullets

by Mike Venturino, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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 also going to be hard to come by for a bit. Our bullet factories are capable of only turning out so many in a shift and rifle shooters’ needs are also a significant factor in production.

Using Snake Shot | Colt Snake Guns

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rattler Sixguns
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 using snake shot on 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. Howe...

Slugging Handgun Barrels | Identifying Proper Bullet Size

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, June 27, 2013
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. Tolerances today are that good. With handguns of yesteryear or modern ones of foreign make, then it’s likely their barrels will vary widely.

If you are going to only handload factory jack...

Shooting Black Powder Firearms | Reloading Black Powder Cartridges

by Bob Shell, Thursday, June 27, 2013
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 AD, China mentions black powder. There are other writings mentioning the powder from various sources from Syria to Germany. No one knows for sure but it is mentioned that guns were known in China as e...

Round Nose and Flat Point Cast Bullets | Bullet Designs

by Mike Venturino, Monday, June 17, 2013
Is there a more versatile cast bullet design for rifles and handguns than the age-old round nose/flatpoint (RN/FP)? Unless there are extenuating factors, these cast bullets will feed through every type of repeating firearm ever put on the market – revolvers, pistols, lever guns, and semi-auto, bolt action, and pump action rifles and carbines. It is my experience based opinion that RN/FP cast bullets, WITH ALL OTHER FACTORS EQUAL, are inherently accurate bullet designs.

Drillings | Double Barrel Rifles or Combination Guns

by Bob Shell, Monday, June 17, 2013
The concept of a drilling, a 3 barrel gun is an interesting one. You have a rifle and shotgun in one combination gun. Where it’s legal you can hunt both large and small game at the same time and instantly shoot the appropriate barrel.

Most double rifles and drillings are handy and well balanced making them easy to carry and shoot. While not long range precision instruments, they will cover quite a few hunting situations. Many have provisions for scope mounting which helps wi...

Making Rare Ammo | Case Forming for Rare Ammo

by Bob Shell, Friday, June 7, 2013
Some of us play with guns that have rare ammo isn’t available for which makes them more interesting than 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 shoot. Anytime you shoot an old gun it should be checked out for mechanical safety. When you make brass for any gun, make sure you are using the correct brass. For instance if the body is ...

Let’s Get Ready to Reload | How to Start Reloading Ammo

by Hunter Pilant, Friday, June 7, 2013
So you think you want to learn how 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 reas...

Ammo Reloading for Supply and Savings | Why Reload Ammo

by Brandon Butler, Friday, June 7, 2013
Ammo 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.

Ammo reloading isn’t rocket science, but it is pretty technical. It’s not something you can just decide to...

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 reloading 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.

Small Reloading Tools y...

Shooting the 45 Auto | Loading 45 Auto Ammo

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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 Auto in their lineup, especially a variation of the model 1911. The 45 has a lot going for it including accuracy, good stopping power and if you reload, 45 auto ammo can be relatively inexpensive. It is a very flexible and isn’t picky with its loads within certain limitations. I have shot bullets from 125 to 250 ...

38 WCF | 38-40 caliber

by Mike Venturino, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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 the first place. Its original black powder factory loads used 180 grain .400 inch bullets compared to the .44 WCF/.44-40’s 200 grain .425 inch ones. Velocities were roughly comparable at a...

Selecting an Ammo Reloading Press | Reloading Press Types

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 ammo reloading press needed and there are a lot of variations depending on your budget and needs. Some thought should be used in reloading equipment selection to avoid buying the wrong type of tooling. If you know an experienced reloader th...

S&W 44 Russian Revolvers | 44 S&W Russian Cartridge History and Info

by Mike Venturino, Thursday, April 25, 2013
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 outside diameter of the cartridge case. (Envision a .22 LR round.) At this dawn of metallic revolver cartridges most if not all American designed ones were based on the heel-base bullet concept.