Most reloaders know that you don’t need to use case lube on straight wall pistol cases if you are using carbide dies (most straight wall pistol dies are carbide). However, if you do use it, you’ll find that it’s easier on the dies, the case, the press, the operator, and that your cases might size more consistently. I like using case lube on pistol cases for the ease of reloading but don’t like having it on the cartridges afterwards as it can be sticky and collect dirt.
Recently, I started using a new product made locally in Idaho called Brass Butter. It makes a noticeable difference in ease of sizing and expanding the case mouth. It doesn’t cause as much strain on the press and the entire setup (progressive press) moves less. I feel like it helps make the entire process, including the powder charge, more consistent.
This review is for the SmartReloader ISD electronic powder dispenser. I found that the dispenser worked very well once a few issues were worked out. This machine is a great value and SmartReloader has good customer service. I used the machine to load ammunition that won a state long range championship and to place well at F-Class nationals.
One of the biggest hassles when you are loading long range ammunition is weighing every powder charge. This is usually done hunched over a loading bench trying to watch a scale as you trickle powder kernel by kernel until
It has been a very busy summer for me shooting long-range F-Class. I shoot F-TR (1000 yards with a bipod) with a Savage F-TR rifle in 308 Winchester. My big wins were the Idaho State Match and the NRA Northwest Regional Match in Missoula, MT. Below are a few thoughts regarding lessons learned during this season of shooting.
The season started out pretty rough. The first match I forgot my good bipod and had to use a Harris 9-13 inch non swivel bipod. My wife brought my MC Werks bipod after I had shot the first relay. This experience
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the average life expectancy of a human being is 78.3 years. I am nearly half way there. I was introduced to the joys of firearms when I was a young lad, by a neighbor who spent some time on the Air Force pistol team. I was introduced to two truths, one obvious, and one that was somewhat of a limit to my fun.
The obvious truth was that pulling the trigger and making noise was a lot of fun. I spent a good deal of time behind his old S&W .38 special, and when I switched to the 10/22, I earned the comment “think your Rambo don’t ya?” Soon enough, I was learning the proper way to fire a 1911.
The second truth was that the ammunition must be purchased, or handmade. I knew that ammunition for the .22 was cheap, as I had free reign to reload that 10 round cylindrical magazine and blast away with little regard to pinpoint accuracy. When I shot the pistols, the whole dynamic changed. When I was about 11 years old I was asked to help with the reloading process. I can say that I remember the process to be excruciatingly boring. How could it possibly take
The Predator Projectile from Dynamic Research is designed to take the 308 Winchester to the next level.
While I was at an NRA Regional Long Range F-Class match in Missoula, MT I met a man named Stephen Damron with Dynamic Research LLC. He was shooting a 308 Winchester with an unusual bullet. I asked him more about it and found that he was shooting a monolithic lathe turned projectile that he is producing from a proprietary copper alloy. It was designed by a man in Australia named Bruce Wellington. Dynamic Research has bought the rights to produce and manufacture his design in the US. It weighs 176 grains and has an advertised BC of .590.
In the early 1900’s it was common to do a lot of what was referred to as Gallery Practice. This is shooting on a short range, usually indoors, with reduced loads out of the exact same rifle that is going to be shot at long range. Townsend Whelen who was captain of the US Army Infantry Rifle Team during this same time period talks about this type of practice in a pamphlet he wrote for the military called Suggestions to Military Rifleman. These loads were often loaded with cast bullets and fast pistol powder. The range they were shot at was generally 50 yards.
To practice I use a light cast bullet load with 13 grains of 2400 in a 308 case and a bullet cast out of a Lee 173 grain mold. Commercial Cast bullets such as those from The Oregon Trail Bullet Company can also be used if the shooter doesn’t have the means to cast his own.
It is important that the long range shooter becomes as