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    Handloader June - July 2024

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    Handloader June - July 2024

    This issue features Dynamic Duo - Load Development for a Pair of AR-15s, Loading 45 ACP in the 455 Webley Revolver, 270 Winchester, 375 H&H and 375 Ruger, The M350 from S&W, and much more.


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    Testing the Garmin Xero C1 Chronograph

    Jeremiah Polacek

    We take the Garmin and put it through a series of tests. In addition we pit it against two other ... ...Read More >

     

    6 5 Grendel in a Howa Carbon Elevate

    Jeremiah Polacek

    Testing 6.5 Grendel handloads in a Howa M1500 mini action. This rifle is a shooter!... ...Read More >

     

    7mm PRC from Yavapai College, Range Day

    Jeremiah Polacek

    Jeremiah explains our collaboration with the Yavapai College Gunsmithing school. We built a custo... ...Read More >


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    Reloader’s Press

    Creedmoor Sports Enhanced Press Head
    column by: Jeremiah Polacek

    When it comes to the reloading press, everyone seems to have a favorite. It could be because of the feature set, brand loyalty or customer service. The reasons are as varied as they are long. I certainly have a few favorites of my own. ...Read More >

     

    Propellant Profiles

    Alliant Reloder 50
    column by: Randy Bimson

    In the mid-to-late 1980s, the company my wife and I owned was one of the first in Canada to build bolt- action target rifles chambered for John Browning’s .50-caliber machine gun cartridge, the 50 BMG. Building the rifles was one challenge, and reloading for the big Browning 50 was an even greater challenge, as compatible presses, dies and components, particularly suitable propellant powders, were almost nonexistent. Today, it is a much different ballgame with a number of manufacturers offering presses and dies suitable for the 50 BMG. Today’s offering of quality bullets is far removed from the days of having to buy .50-caliber bullets lathe-turned one at a time from 90-10 bronze solid bar stock, also known as “commercial” or “gilding” bronze. Also, now there are several propellants marketed specifically for the 50 BMG. ...Read More >

     

    Bullets & Brass

    Smith & Wesson J-Frame 38 Special / Mauser 98 in 8mm / 45-75 W.C.F. in a Cimarron Model 1876
    column by: Brian Pearce

    Q: I have been reading Handloader for several years now and learn something from each issue. I have a couple of questions regarding handloads for my Smith & Wesson Model 638-3 chambered in 38 Special +P. I have been using the Buffalo Bore 150-grain Hard Cast standard pressure load listed at 850 feet per second (fps). I would like to more or less duplicate that load, but have been unable to locate that same bullet. I purchased some Speer 148-grain, wadcutter hollowbase bullets, but they are leading my barrel rather badly and my loads are much lighter than the Buffalo Bore loads. If you can suggest a bullet supplier and data to duplicate the above factory loads, it will be greatly appreciated. ...Read More >

     

    Cartridge Board

    223 Winchester Super Short Magnum
    column by: Gil Sengel

    In the original version of “Top Gun,” with Tom Cruise, I believe it is Cruise who utters the line, “I feel the need, the need for speed!” The same urge must have also struck the group of people who designed the 223 Winchester Super Short Magnum (WSSM). Speed like 3,850 feet per second (fps) for 55-grain bullets and handloads pushing 45-grain bullets near 4,500 fps! Are we heading for the rifleman’s Holy Grail that a cynic once described as a 50 Browning case necked to hold a phonograph needle? ...Read More >

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