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Proper Powder Storage

Proper Powder Storage

Proper Powder Storage Some of us may leave powder in our hoppers when we are done loading for the day. Here are a number possible problems from leaving powder in the hopper. Powder attacking the plastic hopper and degrading the powder. Nitrocellulose powders are extruded thru use of a solvent, Acetone mainly, to soften it and… read more

Selecting a powder

selecting a powder

When selecting a powder it is important to consider the shape of the particles called granules. All powder measures achieve their drop weight by filling a cavity or an adjustable vile having a quantifiable volume with powder. The physical shape of the granules are a part of the manufacturing process and due to their physical… read more

Unsupported Chambers

unsupported chambers

A chamber provides full cartridge case support only if the case is supported down to the level of the INSIDE BOTTOM of the case, which typically is about 0.05-inch (one-twentieth inch) above the start of the case extraction groove outside. Thus any chamber that provides case support all the way down to the extraction groove… read more

Understanding Firearm Headspace

Understanding Firearm Headspace Headspace is one of the most critical measurements in your firearm. The definition of headspace: the distance from the face of the locked bolt to a datum line or shoulder in the chamber that arrests the forward movement of the cartridge. The term originated when all cartridges had protruding rims, so the… read more

Removing Primer Pocket Crimps

Removing Primer Pocket Crimps All military brass and some commercial ammunition has crimped or “staked” primers. The crimp helps to hold the primer in when headspace is deliberately loose or just got that way. Military ammo can get a rough ride and anything to hold it together – from crimps to tar bullet seals – helps…. read more

Buckled Shotgun Hulls

Wrinkled or buckled shells usually means that there is too much compression in the shell. Try applying more wad seating pressure, use slightly less shot, use a denser powder (a powder that uses a smaller bushing for the same dram equivalent) or a shorter wad. Kink During Last Crimp If you are finding that your… read more

Dillon vs Lee vs Hornady


Dillon vs Lee vs Hornady What’s the Deal? Why bother? Some people like blue, others shades of red. Who cares? Often, when a new reloader asks ‘what progressive should I buy’, the dillonophiles charge in – “don’t think, just buy a Dillon.” “Dillon is the best.” “To sum up all Dillon equipment: If it’s blue,… read more

Crushed Cases

While there can be many reasons for a case to be crushed in the reloading process, there are primarily two. The first is that the bullet seating die is not set properly. If the crimp shoulder is set too deeply, the case is crimped before the bottom of the press stroke is achieved. Once the… read more

Cast Bullet Leading

Cast Bullet Leading A clue to what is causing the cast bullet leading is where the leading first begins to appear. If it appears near the chamber, chances are that bullet diameter or hardness are the cause. A diameter too small and/or too hard an alloy will allow high pressure gas to leak past the… read more

​How To Own A Class 3 Weapon

How To Own A Class 3 Weapon Owning a class 3 weapon (machine gun / silencer) is relatively simple. There are several rules and regulations that individuals must comply with. They are very simple and one should not be intimidated by paperwork. First let me address a few questions, before you ask them. You may… read more