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Sierra Adds a 150 grain HPBT

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It’s a MatchKing® bullet actually introduced in October 2017 but is certainly being featured at the 2018 SHOT Show.  The popularity of 6.5 cartridges like the Creedmoor, 6.5×47 Lapua and 6.5×284 in all its numerous iterations will insure the sales of a new match bullet for Sierra.  At the time of this writing it appears Sierra is the only major bullet producer that offers a 150 grain bullet for the 6.5 bore.  This bullet will be best suited for cartridges with more case capacity, the 6.5-06 or the 6.5-284 will probably utilize it best.

MatchKing 6.5mm 150 grain HPBT (#1755).  Has a sleek 27 caliber elongated ogive and a final meplat reducing operation (pointing) to provide an increased ballistic coefficient (claiming over .700) for optimal wind resistance and velocity retention.  To ensure precise bullet to bore alignment, a unique bearing surface to ogive junction uses the same 1.5 degree angle commonly found in many match rifle chamber throats.  There is an interesting subject for a test; does matching the shape of the throat and bullet change the accuracy of any given bullet?

MatchKing® and Tipped MatchKing® bullets are not recommended for most hunting applications. Especially when we are talking about game animals of any size.  Match bullets are designed for accuracy and bucking wind over long range, but they are not designed to reliably expand.  Sierra makes GameKing® bullets for Hunters.

According to Sierra this bullet requires a barrel twist rate of 1 turn in 7.5” or faster.

 

 

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New 26 Nosler® Will Unveil at SHOT Show 2014

comparing the 26 Nosler to othersNosler is looking to tap into the long range market with it’s latest offering.  The 26 Nosler® case is non-belted, thus headspaced off of the shoulder to further enhance accuracy. The “26” also utilizes a standard (30-06) length action meaning shorter bolt-throw and lighter weight than magnum length actions. 

The 26 Nosler® cartridge was designed to take advantage of the inherently accurate and high B.C. 6.5mm (.264) caliber bullets, and is capable of shooting the Nosler® 129 grain, AccuBond® Long Range™ bullet at a blazing 3400 fps out of the muzzle.  Zeroed at 350 yards, the 26 Nosler® has a Point Blank Range of 0-415 yards.  Loaded with the 129gr ABLR, the26 Nosler® retains as much velocity at 400 yards as the 260 Remington® produces at the muzzle.

The 26 Nosler® is a new and unique cartridge that was submitted to SAAMI® in June, 2013. The formal launch will take place at the 2014 SHOT Show.  Nosler will introduce a rifle, brass, ammunition and a new bullet all in conjunction with this cartridge.

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Bullet Proof Samples, Shot Show 2013

Reloaders want variety.  In fact they need variety.

All too often I hear a client say I picked out a load for my new rifle.  What’s wrong with that?  They say it before they have the new gun in hand.

Assuming the gun is well built and capable of good groups then we have to find a load that will work in that gun.  Even if you used the same reamer to chamber two barrels on the same day on the same lathe, there is not guarantee that they would shoot the same load well.

Choosing a particular bullet or weight and assuming it will produce good groups is not very realistic.  There are a whole host of variables that go into accuracy in ammunition.  Then the variable for a given gun are compounded on top of that.

Bullet Proof came up with a great solution to allow reloaders to test various bullets without having to buy a full box of them.  The sell sample packs with 12 bullets in the package.  This way you do not have to buy a box of 100 bullets only to find that your gun does not like them.

Bullet Proof handles a wide variety of bullets and weights so that you can test several options in a cost effective way.

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Test Fire Tool for Gunsmiths, Shot Show 2013

Bullet Bunker is a product that I first saw at the 2012 Shot Show.

Bullet Bunker

Bullet Bunker

This is a clean and safe alternative to the common sand bunkers many gunsmiths build for themselves.  If you have ever used a home-made, or the fun spelling (homade), bullet trap you know they are effective but usually dirty. and they lead dirt and dust all the time.

The bullet bunker is a cost effective answer that also allows for accuracy testing as well as simple test firing.  This year the bulletbunker.com

is introducing 8 new models.  The bullet bunkers are available for use with calibers as large as 375 H&H.  They can also handle full auto fire.  There is even a digital target system available as well as more conventional paper target systems for fast target changes.

I gotta get me one of these!

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Elmer Keith, a Lifetime of Memories

Imagine you reach the end of your life and you have saved a few mementos of your favorite memories.  You were an avid hunter all your life, and you saved the recovered bullets from each trophy you took.  From your first mule deer when you were just a lad, to the bullet that stopped a cougar from munching on you.

Now with  sense of history, you decide to pass this material along to a friend, another gun writer who will perhaps use the material for future articles.  But, more important, he appreciates the lifetime of experience represented by your little collection.

Fast forward, Elmer Keith has long since left the hunting fields, his writer buddy who I was unable to discover by name, passes away too.  His family decides to donate all his reloading gear to the gunsmith program at Murray State College in Oklahoma.  In the box is discovered the collection of Elmer Keith hunting bullets.  For unknown reasons the bullets were not immediately donated to a museum.  A decision that the current director of the program regrets.

The entire collection disappeared a couple of weeks after these pictures were taken.  I feel lucky to have seen these items and to have been able to photograph them.  It is my sincere hope that the person who has this bit of history will realize how wrong it is to keep it locked away from gun lovers everywhere.  There is an Elmer Keith Museum in the Cabela’s in Boise, ID that is the natural resting place for these items, along side many other items from the Keith collection.

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Zombie Max™ Ammo Plant being auctioned to benefit USA Shooting Team

Hornady Manufacturing® is offering a unique opportunity to bid on a rare Zombie Max™ Ammo Plant in an online auction, with all proceeds benefiting the USA Shooting Team competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The features of this reloader are identical to the brand new Hornady® Lock-N-Load® Ammo Plant, with one key difference. The Zombie Max™ version has been designed to complement Hornady’s limited-time Zombie Max™

Unique Zombie Max Ammo Plant from Hornady.

ammunition. Its green paint and “zombified” graphics were crafted by Hornady® Tool Division workers. They created these presses as a surprise for the company’s President and Vice President, Steve and Jason Hornady, as a way to build excitement for the release of the Zombie Max™ line. The Hornadys are offering one for public auction, with all proceeds supporting the USA Shooting team. Details about the tool’s features and technical abilities can be found on the Hornady® website at http://www.hornady.com/store/Lock-N-Load-Ammo-Plant-110-VT.

The online auction is underway at GunBroker.com from April 13 through April 29, 2012. Bidders can also get a first hand look at the Zombie Max™ Ammo Plant in the Hornady® booth #1831 at the NRA Show, April 13-15, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. The winning bidder will be notified immediately after the auction closes.

USA Shooting is a 501c3 non-profit corporation chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting. Partially funded by the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Shooting relies on dues, donations, events, and corporate partnerships to promote the development of the U.S. Shooting Team. For more information, visit the USA Shooting website.

 

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Guest Blog@ Ammoland.com

Recently Fred was a guest blogger for Ammoland.com You can check out his post here:


http://www.ammoland.com/2011/08/24/think-don%E2%80%99t-like-wildcat-cartridges/

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Junk Science and Lead Bullets

Below is an Associated Press story about lead in ammunition.  Note that no scientist is going on record in this article and the there is no evidence presented.  Just could be or maybe.

Since the Jackson area is part of the Yellowstone caldera there are large amounts of heavy metals and minerals found in the area.  Isn’t it more likely that the lead found in the blood of animals in the area comes from their diet.  What happened to you are what you eat?  The predators and scavengers of the area feed on the animals of the area and drink the same water.  Why would they not have heavier levels of lead in their blood.

Being higher on the food chain mean predators and scavengers food sources have already concentrated environmental metals and contaminates in their tissue.  So it is easy to see why such predator and scavengers have more lead in their blood.  I hate junk science, and worst of all, tax payers probably paid for these “scientists” to be out there pushing their personal agendas.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Researchers say the distribution of nonlead ammunition to hunters in Jackson Hole is likely helping prevent lead poisoning of ravens, eagles and other scavengers.

This is the second year researchers have tried to gauge the impacts of hunters using lead-free ammunition on the levels of lead found in the blood of big-game scavengers.

Researchers distributed nonlead ammunition to some 100 hunters who had 2010 permits for the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park.

Biologists then captured ravens and eagles and measured the level of lead in the birds.

Previous research has shown that lead in ravens and eagles rise during hunting season and then drop off after hunting season ends.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide says researchers plan to hand out more lead-free ammunition next hunting season.

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New Print Edition of the Hawk Reloading Manual!

Hawk Cartridges LogoYears ago I put together a reloading manual for Hawk Cartridges.  It has been available in CD from Z-Hat Custom ever since.  Over the years I have added to it and clients have long requested that I produce a print version of the manual.

I have the print edition almost ready to go to the publisher.  I added data for three cartridges that in new for this edition.  The 348 Hawk, 9.3mm Hawk, and the 411 Express.  Some pressure data is added as well for many of the cartridges.

Another important addition will be the Chamber dimensions.  In the past they have been held by reamer makers.  It has come to my attention recently that some of the tools being made for Hawk Cartridges have been incorrect in some dimensions.  Since we provide ammo and formed brass it is important to clear up these errors.

New Cartridge Drawings for the Hawk Manual

Drawings for the manual will include dimensions and case capacity.

Several of the Hawk line of cartridge appeared in the 11th edition of “Cartridges of the World”.    RCBS has been making dies for all of the Hawk line for many years.

Articles in the manual include material for several different authors who have used and tested Hawk rifles in the field.  It looks like the print edition of the manual will run 170 pages or more.

The information for the 411 Hawk is greatly expanded to include a powder profile the suggest not only the best powders to use, but some to stay away from for the 411.  In addition there is a article about lead bullet loads for the 411 that will save you a ton of experimenting and head you toward the best results right from the start.

I will announce the publication date right here as soon as I know for sure.

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Prairie Dogs and Norma Components

At the end of May I was invited to attend a prairie dog shoot in Northern Wyoming, near Devil’s Tower.  Norma was the host for this event and much of the powder burned and other components were supplied by Norma.

Shots were available at just about any range you want.  One pair of shooters were there specifically to shoot long range they were concentrating on the dogs over 500 yards.  The longest confirmed hit was over 1200 yards (don’t laugh, it took a lot of shots to walk that one in.)  The equipment that these boys used is highly specialized.

One of the guns we shot on the hunt was a 6BR Norma.  The Norma designation refers to the specifications of the chamber that are designed for use with Norma Brass.  They clearly are capable of good accuracy.  Richard Folsland is the Reloading Editor for Gun World Magazine, this was his 6mm Norma BR rifle.  He showed us some groups from is load development, ranging from .287″ to .452″ with an average of a little under .400″.

The rifle is a Remington 700 left hand in an HS Precision Stock, McGowen Precision Barrel LLC provided the barrel for this custom rifle.  It was put together as a varmint rifle rather than a BR competition gun, yet it was easily minute of ground squirel out to at least 300 yards.

If you would like to read more about this gun, check out the Novemer 2009, Gun World Magazine.

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