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    Handloader (August/September 2020)

    On the Cover: A CZ 527 Carbine 7.62x39 with a Leupod Ultimate Slam 3-9x 40mm scope along with Speer Gold-Dot bullets and LT-32 powder. Photo by Chris Downs.

    Volume 55, Number 4 | ISSN: 327

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    Reloader's Press

    Fifty Years with the .45 Colt
    column by: Dave Scovill

    March of this year marked 50 years since the purchase of my first Colt Single Action Army. A letter from Colt a few years ago stated it was shipped as a .41 Colt to El Paso, Texas, in 1908. Since it was a .38 Special with a 4.75-inch barrel and the frame was blue, it is fair to assume it was converted sometime after Colt offered .38 Special barrels and cylinders to replace obsolete calibers sometime after World War II. ...Read More >

     

    Practical Handloading

    Finding Twist-Suitable Bullets
    column by: Rick Jamison

    Bullets have become longer through the years, to the point that many of them do not provide gyroscopically stable flight from traditional rifling twist rates and shooting conditions. Because of this, ballistic coefficient (BC), accuracy potential and performance on impact may be degraded. ...Read More >

     

    Bullets & Brass

    .44 Magnum Powders and Bullets
    column by: Brian Pearce

    Q: I am handloading for a Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum with a 10.5-inch barrel. In selecting loading components and data, I would like to use Oregon Trail Laser-Cast, 240-grain SWC bullets with a target velocity of 1,000 to 1,200 fps. ...Read More >

     

    Cartridge Board

    .416 Weatherby Magnum
    column by: Gil Sengel

    It has been written that really serious riflefolk are those who own more rifles than they need. That’s fair enough, because “need” is a moving target. One never knows when the opportunity may come to hunt a species of game not native to the local area, or try a new form of target competition. It would be terribly embarrassing to meekly admit to not having a proper rifle – what would the neighbors think? ...Read More >

     

    From the Hip

    Springfield Armory 1911-A1 Loaded Stainless .45 ACP
    column by: Brian Pearce

    Most mechanical products designed and patented around 1910 have long since become obsolete, museum pieces or discarded in favor of more modern designs. However, John Browning’s amazing Model 1911 pistol seems to be timeless. ...Read More >

     

    Mike's Shootin' Shack

    7.62x25mm
    column by: Mike Venturino

    There exists a cartridge that has maybe been fired in greater quantity than any other centerfire handgun round except the 9mm Parabellum. It’s the Soviet Union’s 7.62x25mm. The word Tokarov is often added to its title, indicating the semiauto pistol which it was introduced with. Also, as compared to the 9mm Parabellum, which has been chambered in an incredible number of varying firearms designs, the 7.62x25mm was only used in a few types of handguns and submachine guns. ...Read More >

     

    Wildcat Cartridges

    8mm-06
    column by: Layne Simpson

    Just about every article, column and reloading manual cartridge introduction written about the 8mm-06 wildcat has basically the same beginning. It was created due to the great number of Americans owning military surplus 8x57mm Mauser rifles and the lack of ammunition to shoot in them. Reaming out the chambers of those rifles for the readily-available .30-06 case necked up for .323-inch bullets solved that problem. I have long been a bit puzzled by this explanation. ...Read More >

     

    In Range

    Desperate Buyers
    column by: Terry Weiland

    Well, it’s time to get around to it. Get around to what, you ask? Well, get around to all those things for which you never could find the time because you were too busy grocery shopping, attending a town hall or watching your kid learn to tap dance. ...Read More >

     

    Bullets by the Bunch

    New Federal and Speer Rifle Projectiles
    feature by: John Haviland

    For years, Federal Cartridge offered its proprietary bullets only in its factory ammunition. Several years ago, Federal realized handloaders represented a sizeable market for its bullets. The company began offering bullets, such as its Fusion, Trophy Bonded Tip and more recently the Edge TLR and now its new Terminal Ascent, as components for handloading. Speer Bullets, Federal’s sister company, also recently introduced a line of Gold Dot rifle bullets for handloading. ...Read More >

     

    7mm Remington Magnum

    New Bullets and Powders
    feature by: John Barsness

    The 7mm Remington Magnum seems to be a somewhat contradictory cartridge. Its first contradiction occurred when introduced in 1962. Remington promoted the round as a superb long-range, big-game cartridge – yet one of the two original factory loads featured a 175-grain “roundnosed” Core-Lokt at a claimed 3,020 fps. Why load a ballistically inefficient bullet in a long-range round? ...Read More >

     

    .375 Holland & Holland (Pet Loads)

    New Handloads for the King of Medium Bores
    feature by: Brian Pearce

    The Alaskan fall weather was wet and cold which, along with freezing rain, made it difficult to walk on rocks, so my guide and I chose to wade in the middle of the river. After days of tough hunting, we finally caught a glimpse of a suitable brown bear in the willows and alders half a mile upstream and began our stalk. ...Read More >

     

    Blame It on Lucile

    Shooting the .28-30-120
    feature by: Terry Weiland

    It’s tempting to say that it’s a cartridge that deserved much better – a fine round that was not appreciated in its day and allowed to fall into obscurity through no fault of its own. Tempting, but hardly true. The only good reasons I can come up with for attempting to load the .28-30-120 are (a) you are a masochist, (b) you love a challenge, and the trickier the better, or (c) you have acquired a fine old .28-30 rifle that is too nice to alter, but you still want to shoot it. ...Read More >

     

    '03 Springfields

    Loading Cast Bullets and Accurate 5744
    feature by: Mike Venturino Photos by Yvonne Venturino

    Today, there is talk of safe spaces for overstressed college students and even giving out teddy bears or live puppies to soothe their nerves. My last semester of college, January to May 1972, was extremely stressful. Because of a lackadaisical attitude in my freshman and sophomore years, every hour of my senior year was necessary for graduation. Furthermore, every one of those classes needed decent marks to get my grade point average above the minimum needed. My “safe spot” was a rifle range and my “puppy” substitute was wood and steel. ...Read More >

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