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Poll: How much .22 LR is Enough?

April 8th, 2014

From the suggestion box! Fellow Ultimate Reloader reader John from New Baltimore, MI writes:

.22LR - it looks like gold, and some are hoarding it as if it were! Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

.22LR – it looks like gold, and some are hoarding it as if it were! Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

I start to wonder about people who are hoarding. Is a mindset in America today or has it been here since the GREAT DEPRESSION? Did we learn through our parents and Grand parents? You see on TV like American pickers, and I think there is a show call Hoarders it I am not mistaken. I did see someone sell about 30,000 round 22lr at Gun-broker.com. I didn’t see how much it when for. I think it was over 10 grand. I thought how much did that person really have on hand. I will to bet over 100,000 rounds just in 22lr. So finally, my question to you and maybe a great POLL question. When do think to much is to much. When do you think a survival exceeds and start to become a hoarder.

I love the show American Pickers, and my .22LR stock is down to the bare minimum, so this email got my attention! So here’s the poll, how much .22LR is too much? Want to explain your answer? Please leave a comment!

How much .22LR is enough? (and not hoarding)

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Gavin

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Hodgdon Overhauls Reloading Data Center

March 18th, 2014

It goes without saying that reloading data is one of the most important aspects of reloading for pistol, rifle, and shotgun. I spend a lot of time finding and keeping track of load data- it’s an imperative part of how I manage my workflow and cartridge knowledge base. In case you haven’t seen it yet, Hodgdon has recently completed a major overhaul of their load data web interface, and I’ll have to say that it’s both super-clean, and easy to use.

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Hodgdon load data is available for pistol, rifle, and shotgun, all in one place!

**Note: be sure that you have read and understood Hodgdon’s warnings and terms of use before you enter the guide or reference load data shown in this article. You can read it the first time you access any of the pages, here for example.

Here’s a screenshot of the new load data center with 45 ACP selected as viewed on my PC :

Hodgdon Load Data Center - 45 ACP options

Hodgdon Load Data Center – 45 ACP options

When you select the bullet weight, powder brand, and specific powder, you’ll be presented with load data as seen here:

Example load data for 45 ACP for 230 grain bullets with Hodgdon HP-38 powder selected

Example load data for 45 ACP for 230 grain bullets with Hodgdon HP-38 powder selected

From this view you can also easily print or email load data – a nice feature so that you can save data for future reference or share with friends. If you are looking for load data, check out this new “modern” load data center from Hodgdon!

Hodgdon Load Data Center

Thanks,
Gavin

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Keep your AR-15 Running Smoothly: BCG Maintenance

February 27th, 2014

If you own an AR-15 you may have had a similar thought process: “Hmmmmmmm…. why is my AR-15 jamming/malfunctioning all of a sudden?”. I recently had an AR-15 start misfiring (light strikes) and after considering the primers I had loaded with and other factors I decided to disassemble, clean and lubricate the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG). Well, after that my AR-15 was running perfectly. The point is: before you start blaming your AR-15 or ammunition for reliability issues, give your gun a good cleaning!

Recently on the Accurate Shooter Daily Bulletin, Paul’s team published a great BCG maintenance overview with a ton of links to great info on the topic from the Top Quark Blog.

AR-15 BCG components - Image from accurateshooter.com

AR-15 BCG components – Image from accurateshooter.com

If you are needing a refresher (or first time guide) on how to work on your BCG, you should check out this great blog post. I’ve also posted some tech info on the assembly and disassembly of the standard AR-15 BCG during the AR-MPR rifle build project right here on Ultimate Reloader. Here’s a link to that post, and the corresponding video:

This will be one of my projects coming up this weekend- another BCG maintenance session. Should be fun!

Safe shooting, and keep those AR-15′s tuned up!

Thanks,
Gavin

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RCBS Grand Shotshell Loader Part I: Unboxing

January 28th, 2014

Today I’m excited to launch another series of content: reloading shotshell with the RCBS Grand progressive shotshell reloading press. In this series I’ll take you through the entire process with this press including unboxing (this post), setup, and progressive reloading of 12 gauge shotshells. It’s going to be fun, and it’s always awesome to learn a new piece of equipment. I hope you’ll follow along in this series to see how this press works. If you have an RCBS grand be sure to share your tips/tricks and experiences with the press via post comments. Let’s get to it!

RCBS Grand press parts after unboxing and before assembly - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

RCBS Grand press parts after unboxing and before assembly – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

The RCBS Grand comes in a cardboard box with internal cardboard packing which keeps the contents safe during shipping and delivery. In the above picture you can see the press assembly/body and bin at rear. In the foreground you see (from left) the included  VHS tape and DVD, the reloading guide and instruction book, primer tray, ejection chute, drain tube, small parts bag, bin bracket, powder hopper, spent primer collector, and shot hopper. Let’s take an up-close look at the press next!

RCBS Grand press body - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

RCBS Grand press body – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

My first impression: this is one solid press that appears to be very well built. I love the crackle green finish (same as on my RCBS Pro-2000), and this thing is just massive and built like a tank. For a reloading press, this thing seems like heavy equipment, and I like heavy equipment.

Here’s a video showing the unboxing process, you see my reaction the first time I see the parts and press come out of the box!

There you have it- the RCBS Grand is unboxed and ready for assembly. The first thing I’ll be doing is putting together a sub-plate for the press that’s compatible with my reloading bench system. That way I can have it mounted solidly for assembly, and can quickly secure it to the bench and release it from the bench for storage.

This is going to be fun, so stay tuned!

Thanks,
Gavin

 

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Frankford Arsenal Vibraprime Speeds Up Primer Tube Loading

January 19th, 2014

So how many rounds per hour does your press load? It’s a question we’ve all been asked. Well let’s see, if I can keep moving I can do about 700 rounds per hour, but I have to stop and refill powder, load primers, let’s figure about 500 rounds per hour with all of the stoppages you may say. For me, stopping to load primer tubes can account for much of my down time. So when I had the opportunity to try out the Frankford Arsenal Vibraprime, I was excited.

The Frankfort Arsenal Vibraprime - what you see here is what's included - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

The Frankfort Arsenal Vibraprime – what you see here is what’s included – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

The Vibraprime is a relatively simple device. You add primers to the primer tray, shake until they are all facing the correct direction, attach it to the pistol grip, and then hold down the trigger while the primers drop into the tube. What’s great about this setup is that you don’t have to “stab” each primer so it’s a lot quicker and easier on your hands. I don’t have arthritis, but I imagine that if I did then conventional primer tubes could be a pain- literally! My hands get tired enough as it is loading primers the old fashioned way.

Primers slide down and into the primer tube due to the vibrations produced by the Vibraprime - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

Primers slide down and into the primer tube due to the vibrations produced by the Vibraprime – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

The Frankford Arsenal Vibraprime comes with everything you need to load small pistol primers, large pistol primers, small rifle primers, or large rifle primers. While you can read here about how it works, it’s not quite the same as seeing this tool in action. I’ve put together the following video so that you can see how the Vibraprime works, check it out:

Stay tuned here on Ultimate Reloader, lots more good reloading information coming your way!

Thanks,
Gavin

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