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    Handloader June/July 2021

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    Handloader June/July 2021

    This issue features 6.5x57mm Mauser, .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum, A Colt Quartet, Mannlicher’s Bundle of Trouble, Rifle Case Necks, and much more.

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    Black Powder Big Bores

    Mike Venturino, Photos by Yvonne Venturino

    Back in the heyday of black-powder cartridges – say, from 1865 to 1895 – in order to make rifles ... ...Read More >


    Pedersoli 1874 Sharps

    Jeremiah Polacek

    We test smokeless powders in the Pedersoli 1874 Sharps Q Down Under. It is a replica of the rifle... ...Read More >


    .218 Mashburn Bee

    Stan Trzoniec

    In the quiet times, one often wonders just why a so-called “popular” cartridge doesn’t quite make... ...Read More >

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    Bullets & Brass

    New Loads for the .45 ACP
    column by: Brian Pearce

    Q: As I am sure you know, obtaining powders is extremely difficult or even impossible right now. I have been trying since the beginning of COVID-19 to purchase some of the powders that I normally use for my rifles and handguns, but with very limited success. I am not trying to stock up, rather just replenish, as I literally cannot load ammo. ...Read More >


    Cartridge Board

    column by: Gil Sengel

    We will never know by whom or when the bow and arrow was invented. It is certain, however, that the research and development process required a lot of practice shooting at something. After all, a projectile is useless if the user can’t hit what is being shot at. Thus was born the concept of target practice. ...Read More >


    Propellant Profiles

    Alliant e3
    column by: Randy Bimson

    Alliant e3 is not the new kid on the block shotshell powder by any stretch, but at the time of its introduction, circa 2002/2003, it set the target load shotshell propellant market on its ear and continues to define the attributes of a “best in class” propellant. For decades, three propellants have been the epitome of a target-load shotshell propellant, Hercules/Alliant Red Dot, DuPont/IMR 700-X and Hodgdon Clays. ...Read More >


    From the Hip

    Sears, Roebuck & Company Colt SAA .45 COWBOY SPECIAL
    column by: Brian Pearce

    In 1897, Sears, Roebuck & Company placed a special order with Colt’s Patent Fire Arms for an engraved Single Action Army chambered in .45 Colt. The details of that order are mostly lost to time, but clearly, it wanted the very finest gun that Colt could possibly produce, regardless of price. The resultant sixgun bore serial number 172485 and is listed in factory ledgers as having a 5½-inch barrel, .45 caliber, blued finish, carved Goddess of Liberty pearl stocks, engraved and gold inlaid. It shipped on October 23, 1897, to Sears, Roebuck & Company. The engraving was performed personally by the hand of artist Cuno Helfricht (Colt’s primary engraver circa 1871-1921). ...Read More >

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