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  • Home reloading of Percussion Caps and Primers is More Common than Thought

    07/13/2016 5:46:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The home and small shop manufacture of ammunition is an interesting subject for those debating the potential for disarming the population. Guns are not very hard to make. They are routinely made in third world workshops and by first world hobbyists. Some of the simplest to make are some of those most detested by the opponents of armed self defense. Homemade submachine guns are commonly found in Brazil and Israel. Many who oppose armed self defense have made the case that ammunition is the weak point in a black market or grey market economy. They assume that ammunition is...
  • Black Powder Part 3

    06/21/2016 10:35:31 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/21/2016 | Bob Shell
    Part III of black powder finalizes with a discussion of defouling, types of bullets and more. Blackpowder fouls a lot and if you don't dry-brush out your barrel after every couple of shots, your bullet or ball will start becoming difficult to push down the barrel. If you brush it and dump out the residue, you can shoot all day doing that. I don't recommend any type of lube, as you might contaminate the powder and it won't help you in this operation. Use a tight shotgun-type brush for best results. Following those procedures and tweaking them to suit you...
  • Reloading in Restricted Circumstances

    02/24/2016 3:19:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Caution! Reloading with salvaged materials can be dangerous. The information in this article is for educational purposes only. I recently read about the plight of people in India who struggle against reams of regulations bound with red tape to be able to fire a few rounds a year. I noticed that it is legal for India residents to reload cartridges for their own use, once they have secured the permit to legally possess a firearm.Unfortunately, no one markets reloading supplies in India; no importation of reloading supplies is currently allowed; and reloading tools are difficult to find.In the United...
  • AZ: Reloading Accident Fires House; Bullets Bounce off Firefighters, Trucks

    02/17/2016 7:33:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture courtesy A house fire in Gilbert, Arizona, appears to be a rare case of a reloading accident getting out of hand. No one has determined the cause of the accident. I hope that smoking was not involved. One of the things forbidden to reloaders is to smoke while engaged in the hobby. The reloader suffered burns to his face and upper body. That is likely why the fire got out of hand. It would not have taken much to get the three vehicles out of the garage. Their loss was certainly a substantial percentage of the total...
  • Hunting for ammo? Get a reload of this

    03/01/2015 6:59:49 PM PST · by RC one · 48 replies
    HoustonChronicle ^ | 2/18/15 | By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette |
    Over the past six years, concerns about the possibility of restrictive gun legislation have sparked unprecedented spikes in sales of firearms and ammunition. And state wildlife agencies, all benefiting from funding flowing from federal Pittman-Robertson excise taxes on those items, are still raking it in. But high demand for some popular ammunition caused huge manufacturer backlogs that led to sharp increases in wholesale and retail prices and left many store shelves empty of the most popular ammunition, particularly centerfire and rimfire rifle ammo.Over the past few months, that crunch has begun to ease. But problems finding ammunition - especially ammunition...
  • SB 122 Smokeless Powder and Primer Manufacture in Montana

    01/26/2015 6:49:22 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 6 replies
    There is a serious threat to our right to bear arms because of narrow, monolithic and federally-controlled manufacture of essential ammunition components, smokeless powder (propellant), primers and cartridge brass. For example, there are only two manufacturers of smokeless powder in the U.S., one plant owned by defense contractor General Dynamics and another owned by defense contractor Alliant Systems (ATK). All other smokeless powder used in the U.S. is imported, and subject to immediate and arbitrary import restrictions. And, General Dynamics and Alliant Systems are subject to a standard condition of military contracts that 100% of their production may be commandeered...
  • Best place to get primers, powder and bullets for reloading?

    01/26/2015 4:59:59 AM PST · by kyperman · 29 replies
    1/26/2015 | kyperman
    I am thinking about getting into reloading, want to know where the best place to buy supplies is...websites, etc....not that I have any guns, all lost is that stupid boating accident years ago.
  • Gun Culture Day Care

    12/29/2014 10:27:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The source who sent me this picture called it "Gun Culture Day Care". There is at least one other child that is not caught in the frame. The younger children are depriming brass, a fairly safe activity if the hands are washed after the reloading session. The children are taught responsibility and gain a sense of actually doing something productive. This sort of activity was found everywhere in the world until fairly modern times. It was only in the last hundred years that the most productive societies on earth were able ignore the productive capacity of children. Nearly all...
  • Little Lady Reloader, Age Five

    11/25/2014 10:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A reader sent this picture of his daughter assisting him in reloading cartridges. On a single stage press, such as the RCBS pictured, there is plenty to do. A young child can easily and safely deprime cases, such as this young girl is doing. She deprimed 500 of them for her father, and was very pleased with herself. It reminds me of pleasant times when my daughter was about five. She loved to help me reload ammunition. My own first experiences with reloading were when I was much older, perhaps eight, or nine. My father reloaded hunting ammunition for...
  • Ruger 77/44 44 Mag bolt action carbine

    07/08/2014 12:10:51 PM PDT · by Beagle8U · 51 replies
    Vanity | self
    I just picked up a new Ruger 77/44 bolt action and wondered if anyone here has any experience with them, or favorite loads/reloads for them? It is a SS 44 Mag bolt action carbine with an 18 1/2 inch barrel and Synthetic stock. Michigan just passed a law that will allow pistol cartridge rifles to be used for deer hunting in the 'shotgun zone', so I plan to use it for hunting deer. I'm thinking 240 grain semi-jacketed softpoints should do the job out to 125 yds or so.
  • Gun Talk Radio

    05/25/2014 4:59:07 PM PDT · by mylife · 69 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 5/25/14 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 5/25/14~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream HereOr the KPRC feed Here
  • [vanity] Reloading advice for Springfield XDS compact 45

    04/07/2014 5:41:54 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 51 replies
    Optimum loads ^ | 4/8/2014 | blueflag
    Seeking advice and comment on the best reload spec for a Springfield XDS 3.3 compact 45.
  • Poor Quality Ammuniton due to Shortage Blows up 1911 Kimber (YouTube video, 7m36s)

    07/30/2013 10:07:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | April, 2013
    Click here for video (7 min, 36 sec)
  • Lapua Brass in Many Popular Calibers Available Now

    06/12/2013 10:21:57 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies ^ | 12 Jun 2013 | Daily Bulletin
    A boatload of Lapua cartridge brass has crossed the Atlantic, cleared customs, and is now in warehouses. Many large vendors report that they have ample supplies of Lapua brass in stock now. So if you need some cartridge cases, place your orders today.
  • Reloaders: solution to ammunition shortage?

    05/09/2013 1:46:51 PM PDT · by topher · 50 replies
    5-9-2013 | vanity
    At one time, it was popular for people to reload their own ammunition. In fact, at one time in American History, it was necessary. It seems like this might be a hot topic for some people so that they can get enough ammunition for target practice, etc. Obviously, those people who do not have ammunition, it would not solve their problems. But if one could buy the brass casings, the bullets, and the gunpowder -- they could make their own ammunition. Is this popular right now? Could someone hundreds of brass casings and bullets along with gunpowder, and keep themselves...
  • **RIFLE VANITY** Long-Distance Shooting and Hunting

    12/17/2011 9:34:30 AM PST · by rabidralph · 252 replies · 1+ views
    12/17/2011 | Moi
    I am looking to buy a rifle that would serve two purposes: primarily a long-distance shooter and secondarily a larger game taker downer :-) I like to shoot beyond 600 yards and I want a rifle to suit that purpose. From info I've gathered, I should get a larger-calibered rifle, with at least a 24" barrel. I would like to keep the rifle below 10lbs because I also want to hunt with it some day. I am interested in hunting elk and moose, eventually. So I am thinking of a .308.
  • Update from Helenaf(MT)

    04/01/2011 7:59:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 1 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    I just got back from Helena. I appeared before the House Taxations Committee this morning at 8 AM in support of SB 371, MSSAs bill to encourage the production of powder, primers and brass in Montana. I asked the Committee to restore two of the three incentives stripped out by the Senate Taxation Committee, the tax breaks and the liability protection. Im betting that the Committee WILL restore these needed incentives, and that the House will approve SB 371 in that form. Then the trick will be to get the Senate to go along with House amendments. Ill let you...
  • MA Man Loses Gun License/Faces Charges After Being ROBBED

    03/31/2011 9:45:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies ^ | 3/31/11 | Fleming and Hayes
    Only in the state of Massachusetts could blaming the victim be extended to burglaries. Once again, the gun-grabbing fear mongers in charge of our state are looking to set a precedent that will no doubt have national implications. If this case goes to trial and Stanley Sokolowski is convicted, there will now be case law on the books that other judges can cite: The common act of reloading your own ammunition and the possession of the needed (and Constitutionally protected) supplies will be akin to domestic terrorism. The following email was sent to us by our good friend, and former...
  • Explosion, Fire Rock Bend's Nosler Bullets Plant

    06/02/2010 9:10:25 PM PDT · by archy · 38 replies · 1,487+ views
    KTVZ.COM ^ | POSTED: 2:33 pm PDT June 2, 2010 | By Adam Aaro, KTVZ.COM
    Explosion, Fire Rock Bend's Nosler Bullets Plant Fire Officials Praise Evacuation; Damage 'Extensive' By Adam Aaro, KTVZ.COM POSTED: 2:33 pm PDT June 2, 2010 BEND, Ore. -- An explosion and fire rocked a portion of the Nosler Inc. bullet manufacturing plant in southwest Bend Wednesday afternoon, prompting an evacuation and the closure of streets in the area. Ddespite a blast felt for several blocks, all 100 workers were accounted for. The initial report was only about smoke shortly after 2 p.m. at the facility at 107 SW Columbia St., leading to a full evacuation. By 2:15 p.m., there were reports...
  • Rep. Brad Ellsworth Introduces Amendment to Address Re-sell of Once-Fired Small Arms Cartridge Cases

    05/20/2010 8:00:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 517+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | May 19, 2010 | NA
    11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, Virginia 22030 800-392-8683 Rep. Brad Ellsworth Introduces Amendment to Address Re-sell of Once-Fired Small Arms Cartridge Cases Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Fairfax, Va. Today, by a unanimous voice vote, an NRA-backed amendment was added to the House Armed Services Committees National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5136) that will ensure serviceable and once-fired small arms cartridge cases are available for commercial sale. The Ellsworth amendment, offered by U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), compels military bases to sell small arms ammunition and ammunition components intact meaning not demilitarized for scrap as long as these...
  • Questions Arise Over Army Bases Disposition of Surplus Cartridge Cases

    04/05/2010 10:59:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,395+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | April 01, 2010 | NA
    11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, Virginia 22030 800-392-8683 Questions Arise Over Army Bases Disposition of Surplus Cartridge Cases Thursday, April 01, 2010 Last week, NRA-ILA learned that quantities of once-fired small arms cartridge cases recovered from firing ranges on military bases, which by federal law the Department of Defenseis prohibited from demilitarizing or destroying, were being sold for scrap.A governing law in this matter, developed with input from NRA-ILA, is a rider to the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. It stipulates that None of the funds available to the Department of Defense may be used to...
  • Military Cartridge Brass Destruction 2010 - Round 2

    03/25/2010 4:48:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 54 replies · 1,819+ views ^ | 25 March, 2010 | Gary Marbut
    The cure that was arranged by Montana Senators Baucus and Tester to fix the intended military destruction of once-fired cartridge brass last year appears to be suffering from a fatal end-run. Interested persons will remember that a year ago, helpful intervention by Montana's senators persuaded the Department of Defense to rescind a fresh DoD directive to military installation commanders requiring them to destroy once-fired brass, prior to selling it at auction into the civilian marketplace for ammunition reloading and other purposes. An end-run is being done around the rescinding order through quiet and sweetheart side deals with installation commanders that...
  • Leftists Hate Palin's Locking, Loading and Re-Loading Metaphor

    03/25/2010 7:49:10 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 37 replies · 911+ views ^ | 03/25/2010 | Ron Devito
    Liberal heads are exploding all over the United States. Three words, Dont retreat. RELOAD!!! created quite the stir. So did the image of cross hairs on targeted congressional districts on a SarahPAC ad. The Alinsky trained leftists are in a hissy fit over Governor Palins use of gun metaphors. They find it offensive. They find it threatening. Too bad for them....
  • Handloading - need case trimmer advice

    03/20/2010 8:19:25 AM PDT · by GunsAndBibles · 21 replies · 553+ views
    vanity ^ | 3/20/2010 | GunsAndBibles
    Just started reloading rifle ammo. Need to pick up a case trimmer. I do 200~300 in a batch. I'm thinking in terms of a manual trimmer with an electric drill attachment. I don't really feel like spending $300 for a Gracey. Any suggestions that would shorten research time would be valued. Thanks - HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING - now go plant your tomatoes.
  • Obama Proposes Signing Treaty To Ban Reloading

    04/22/2009 10:06:47 AM PDT · by Zeddicus · 37 replies · 2,263+ views
    Gun Owner of America ^ | 04/22/2009 | GOA
    Obama Proposes Signing Treaty To Ban Reloading -- Even BB guns could be on the chopping block Gun Owners of America Fact Sheet 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 When President Obama went to Mexico in April, he proposed that the United States sign the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. Despite the fact that it purportedly deals with illicit manufacturing and trafficking, GOA is convinced that this convention defines these terms much more broadly and potentially presents serious dangers to Americans lawfully...
  • Question? Should I load my own ammo?

    04/20/2009 3:31:08 PM PDT · by freemike · 31 replies · 1,219+ views
    Libertas ^ | 4/20/09 | FreeMike
    I know nothing of loading ammo. Just curious. Is it expensive and difficult to load your own ammo?? I use mainly handgun ammo. What is the learning curve and how dangerous is it?? Special regulations involved??? ... and do you really save that much money??? Any and all advice I will consider. This is one thing I love about FR,, it's better than Google. Thanks so much!
  • DOD Ends Sale of Expended Military Brass to Remanufacturers

    03/15/2009 2:54:48 PM PDT · by mad_as_he$$ · 85 replies · 7,922+ views
    The Shootist ^ | 3/15/2009 | Gordon Hutchinson
    We all wondered when it was going to start. When the new administration would make their move against us as gun owners. Oh, everyone got upset about HR45--I'll bet I got over 100 e-mails warning me about this draconian gun registration bill that had been introduced in Congress. I was really glad to see Tom Gresham, host of "Gun Talk Radio," an editor, writer, television host on "Self-Defense TV," and one of the foremost gun spokespersons, come out and tell everyone to stop worrying about legislation so absolutely over-the-top--it would never get out of committee. Tom said save your energy...
  • Liberal Politicians: "Forget Controlling Guns; Let's Control the Ammo"

    02/16/2009 11:47:22 AM PST · by FromLori · 100 replies · 2,121+ views ^ | 2/16/09 | Jim Kouri
    Gun owners are alarmed over what they're witnessing in Washington, DC and state legislatures across the country. Realizing they could not succeed in disarming American citizens, Liberal organizations and their political representatives have decided to allow armed citizens to possess all the guns they wish. The hitch is, according to political strategist Mike Baker, the so-called gun-grabbers have decided to track ammunition for those guns by encoding the cartridges and maintaining a database.
  • Bill would pull plug on reloading

    01/16/2009 6:07:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies · 1,953+ views
    The Standard Journal ^ | 14 January, 2009 | Coni Marie Sheridan
    Reloading ammunition in Pennsylvania may become a thing of the past if a bill currently in state legislature is passed. According to the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), in the last year, so-called encoded or serialized ammunition bills have been introduced in 13 states Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington. The bills, if passed, would require all bullets and cartridge cases to be marked with a code and registered to the owners in a computerized database, therefore, reloading would be outlawed. It (the bill) would eliminate reloading...
  • Bill would pull plug on reloading

    01/15/2009 6:56:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 118 replies · 3,290+ views
    The Standard Journal (Milton, PA) ^ | January 14, 2009 | Coni Marie Sheridan
    Reloading ammunition in Pennsylvania may become a thing of the past if a bill currently in state legislature is passed. According to the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), in the last year, so-called encoded or serialized ammunition bills have been introduced in 13 states Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington. The bills, if passed, would require all bullets and cartridge cases to be marked with a code and registered to the owners in a computerized database, therefore, reloading would be outlawed. It (the bill) would eliminate reloading...
  • U.S. shooters feel pinch as ammo costs soar

    05/20/2008 5:50:16 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 100 replies · 182+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 19 | Tim Gaynor
    TOMBSTONE, Ariz (Reuters) - Gunslinger Bob Krueger blasts away at his outlaw rivals at a tourist show in this storied Old West town, although rising ammo costs may force him to choose his shots. Krueger and his gnarly band of pistoleros are among millions of shooters, hunters and even lawmen across the United States feeling the pinch as sky-high metals prices and demand from wars abroad are driving up the price of bullets. Ammo prices for many popular guns have more than tripled in the last three years, driven in large part by surging demand for metals in rapidly industrializing...
  • Reloading (Vanity)

    03/31/2008 9:13:02 PM PDT · by Andonius_99 · 100 replies · 940+ views
    Howdy all, I know that a lot of FReepers out there are avid shooters and I'm pretty sure that there has to be at least one shooter out there who reloads. Anyway, I was wondering if any of the reloaders out there could possibly point me in the direction of getting started in reloading my own ammo. What sort of things do I look for? What kind of equipment do I need? I know there's basic kits out in internetland for it, but are there any specific tools out there that I should look for that make the job easier?...
  • Looking for Recommendations on Classic American Bolt Action Rifles

    11/25/2004 8:14:40 AM PST · by Cornpone · 23 replies · 1,205+ views
    cornpone | 25 Nov 2004 | cornpone
    I've never been able to afford a really nice rifle in the past though I have a few interesting guns. I have two collector grade 303s, one of which I shoot and one of which I simply maintain. I've got a couple of 7.62s, a SKS and an AK plus an assortment of Ruger 22s (rifles, pistols and revolvers), several 9 mms pistols, a couple of fine shotgons I bought over 30 years ago but no classic American rifle. I'm also a beginning reloader. I'm thinking about a Remington 700 but I would appreciate any other suggestions for a classic...