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    Handloader April-May 2024

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    Handloader April-May 2024

    This issue features The 6mm Bench Rest Ackley (BRA), 460 Smith & Wesson Magnum, 44 Magnum (Pet Loads), The Lee Loader, The Controversial Savae 22 Hi-Power, and much more.

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    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 >


    Nosler Factory Seconds Do They Shoot

    Jeremiah Polacek

    We test Nosler factory seconds in several rifles. We use their factory second brass and bullets i... ...Read More >


    WWII Small Arms Series The Japanese Lewis Gun

    Jeremiah Polacek & Mike Venturino

    We continue our WWII Small Arms Series. Jeremiah and Mike Venturino discuss the history, care, lo... ...Read More >

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    Reloader’s Press

    Nosler Factory Seconds
    column by: Jeremiah Polacek

    These days, prices for goods have drastically increased from items in the store to vehicles and housing. With no end in sight and 2024 being an election year, the hopes and dreams of saving money on ammunition may seem to be nearly hopeless. While some handloaders may laugh at the statement of saving money, it can be a viable reason to handload your own ammunition. There is no doubt that it can save money. The main issue in the savings department is that we tend to shoot a lot more whether it’s for load development reasons or simply because we prefer to burn that savings in the form of more powder and lead. ...Read More >


    Propellant Profiles

    Shooters World Blackout
    column by: Rob Behr

    As a burn rate, Winchester’s 680 snuck into the consumer market as a military surplus powder after World War II. Why the government had a surplus is a pretty easy guess. One of the few cartridges this new spherical powder was well matched with was the American military’s 30 Carbine. The canisterized version, W-680BR, would join the civilian market as one of seven new spherical powders released by Olin in 1968. The powder had notable fouling problems. Once Winchester overcame those issues, the company dropped the BR suffix from the propellant, releasing the improved product as W-680. ...Read More >


    Bullets & Brass

    300 Ruger Compact Magnum Heavyweight Bullet Data
    column by: Brian Pearce

    Several years ago I purchased a Ruger M77 Hawkeye chambered in 300 RCM. Soon thereafter, Ruger discontinued chambering rifles, so it must not have sold very well. I noticed that Hornady still offers factory loads. I have very much enjoyed my rifle, as it offers magnum performance from a handy 22-inch barrel and its compact size is preferred in the brushy, dense timber where I hunt elk here in Northern Idaho. I have been handloading 165- and 180-grain bullets, but want to develop loads with the 200-grain Nosler Partition or AccuBond for better penetration on elk when they are quartering away. Can you offer load data that will give top velocities? ...Read More >


    Cartridge Board

    8x56mmR Hungarian Mannlicher
    column by: Gil Sengel

    The Austro-Hungarian army’s first cartridge gun was a muzzleloader conversion known as the “Waenzl” (or Wanzel or Wanzl) of 1867. It was a “trapdoor” affair like the American Allin conversion. The cartridge fired was the 14.5x32.5mm rimfire. The thin-walled rimfire case quickly proved unacceptable for military use so a centerfire version was created. Hard use showed the Waenzl to be a bit fragile so the Werndl design was adopted in 1868. Its large rotary breechblock was pivoted on an equally large pin. An improvement? Perhaps. ...Read More >

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