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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
“IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE”


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...

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