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Redding offers Master Hunter 2-Die Set

April 23rd, 2015

If you are looking for the best quality dies available on a reasonable budget, it’s hard to beat Redding dies. Furthermore, the construction and features of the Redding Competition Seating Die are very compelling (micrometer seating depth adjustment, sliding collar seating stem, etc). Until recently, you had to either buy dies individually from Redding or buy the National Match set if you wanted to have a die set with the Competition Seating Die. While the National Match set is great for applications like semi-auto rifles (I have the sets in .223 Remington and 308 Winchester) – if you don’t need the crimp die or if you only want a two-die set, what you really want is the new (OK, it’s been out for a couple years) Redding Master Hunter two-die set.

Master Hunter Die set from Redding

Master Hunter Die set from Redding

I just found out about the Master Hunter (love the name) die sets while searching for dies for a friend. Now that I know about this offering, I’ll have another great option when I go to load for a new cartridge. Perhaps some of my old dies need upgrading too…

Thanks,
Gavin

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Video: Custom Bullet Feed Setup: Reloading 40 S&W on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

April 17th, 2015

I enjoy the process of designing and building things, and I guess the “inventor” in me can’t help but want to create new products. It’s always a pleasure to see what other people come up with, and to help them market and sell their inventions (Example: Doug Williams’ 38/357 quick switch kit). Recently, one of my readers named David Sparks sent me some information related to his invention, called the “Bully Adapter“. This device is pretty straightforward- it adapts the Lee Multi-Tube feeder kit for the Lee Bullet Feeder to work with the Hornady Pistol Bullet Feed dies. This kit is similar to the Hornady Bullet Feed Tube kits, but offers 4 tubes that can be loaded in place and rotated into position as bullet tubes are emptied.

Bully Adapter Installed on Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

Bully Adapter Installed on Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

The “Bully Adapter” kit is comprised of an adapter body, and a small bullet sleeve. In the following picture, you can see the entire assembly ready to put together (shown in the video below):

Bully Adapter Components with Hornady Bullet Feed Die and Lee Multi-Tube Adapter

Bully Adapter Components with Hornady Bullet Feed Die and Lee Multi-Tube Adapter

The entire setup shown above consists of:

  • Bully Adapter Body
  • Small bullet sleeve
  • Hornady Pistol Bullet Feed Die (40/10mm shown)
  • Lee multi-tube feeder body
  • Lee multi-tube feeder tubes (comes with both large and small, large shown)
  • Lee multi-tube bullet drop funnels (large and small)
  • Hornady die lockring allen key (used for Bully Adapter body set screws)
  • R-22 O-Ring (my addition to the Lee multi-tube feeder kit)

And here’s what the assembly looks like assembled:

Bully Adapter Body - Very Nicely Machined

Bully Adapter Body – Very Nicely Machined

In the following video you can see the same setup I showed in the last post, but this time with the Bully Adapter setup installed. I found that this setup will hold about 100 40cal 200 grain XTP bullets, so you can load primers *and* bullets at the same time- that makes this setup much more practical in use.

Here’s a video I put together showing how to put the components together, install the die on the press, and load in full progressive mode with the Bully Adapter.

If you want to know more about the Bully Adapter, check out David’s website: http://www.bullyadapter.com/ (I just checked, and the price looks quite reasonable!)

Thanks,
Gavin

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Video: Loading 40S&W with the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

April 12th, 2015

40 S&W is one of the most popular cartridges with handgun shooters, and it’s not hard to see why. Packing a powerful punch in a package smaller overall than 45 ACP, it’s a great cartridge for target shooting as well as defense/carry. Recently, I picked up a Glock 20 and 40 S&W conversion barrel, and decided to put together a bunch of content on both 40 S&W and 10mm auto. First up, loading 40 S&W on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP.

40S&W-completed-cartridges

A beautiful sight: completed 40 S&W cartridges

 

Before loading any cartridges, I ran all of my range pickup brass through a GRX die, you can read more about that process here. Some reloaders have issues with 40 S&W and the Hornady case feed system, some complain that the small drop tube is too tight. I haven’t yet had that problem, but I did have a similar issue: cases did get hung up occasionally at the mouth of the upper drop tube adapter (aluminum bushing). I took the “sharp” edge off the inner chamfer, and all was good.

Upper drop tube adapter after slight modification

Upper drop tube adapter after slight modification

After that process was complete, I  finished setting up the press for 40 S&W loading. Here’s my die station utilization:

  1. Size/de-prime
  2. Expander
  3. Powder charge
  4. [reserved for next post/video]
  5. Seat/crimp

This is just one of many good options for how to use the die stations on this press. The components used for this loading session consisted of the following:

  • Hodgdon CFE pistol powder
  • Hornady 200 grain XTP hollow point bullets
  • Federal small pistol primers
Components used for loading 40 S&W during this session

Components used for loading 40 S&W during this session

The dies I used are Hornady New Dimension (3 die set), and I decided not to use any case lube to avoid having to clean off any residue. The loading went smoother than I thought with no lube! I’ve been using these dies for both 40 S&W and 10mm auto, and they have been working great. I’ll be posting a cool way to use these dies for both cartridges without having to re-adjust here shortly.

Hornady Custom Grade Dies work great for loading 40 S&W or 10mm Auto

Hornady Custom Grade Dies work great for loading 40 S&W or 10mm Auto

Because I’m shooting this 40 S&W ammunition from my Glock using the Lone Wolf 40 S&W converstion barrel, I don’t have to worry about bulged brass, as long as my brass doesn’t get mixed up with other people’s brass. The reason for this is because the Lone Wolf barrel has a fully supported chamber unlike the “stock” Glock barrels.

Now, to put this all together, here’s a video showing the smooth-and-fast loading sequence:

…but things are about to get even faster- and with a bit of a twist. Stay tuned!

Thanks,
Gavin

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It’s Official, RCBS Pro Chucker 5 and 7 Content Coming!

March 29th, 2015

rcbs-progressive

I wanted to give everyone a quick update on the new progressive reloading presses from RCBS. I have been working with RCBS on planning a series of content that will highlight the new “RCBS Pro Chucker 5″ and the “RCBS Pro Chucker 7″ progressive reloading presses. I am happy to announce that Ultimate Reloader will be getting these presses in when they are available. I’m planning extensive blog/video coverage, and hope to give everyone all of the info they may need about these new presses.

RCBS Pro-Chucker 5 5-station auto-inexing progressive reloading press

RCBS Pro-Chucker 5 5-station auto-inexing progressive reloading press

RCBS Pro-Chucker 7 7-station auto-inexing progressive reloading pres

RCBS Pro-Chucker 7 7-station auto-inexing progressive reloading press

If you have specific ideas for content, please leave a comment here! I’ll share more information when available. Thanks everyone!

-Gavin

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Glock 20: The Ultimate 10mm and 40S&W Shooting Setup

March 25th, 2015

For a long time I’ve been looking forward to producing a blog/video series covering 10mm Auto and 40 S&W. What’s not to like about taking 9mm to the next power level? 40 S&W essentially does that. Want to go extreme? 10mm Auto packs a major punch, it’s the most powerful semi auto handgun cartridge that can be considered “somewhat mainstream”. It’s been a while since I’ve loaded 10mm Auto- probably a good 10 years. So I thought this would be a great time to go deep on 10mm Auto and 40 S&W here on Ultimate Reloader! For years I’ve wanted to get my hands on a Glock 20, the full-size 10mm Auto pistol that pretty much sets the standard by which all others are measured by (10mm chambered 1911 pistol fans may beg to differ :)). What’s great about the Glock 20 is that you can get a “drop in” 40 S&W conversion barrel which essentially turns your Glock 20 into two pistols – one that shoots 10mm Auto, another that shoots 40 S&W- and the conversion process takes only about 15-20 seconds.

Glock 20 10mm pistol with Lone Wolf 40 S&W conversion barrel - Image copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

Glock 20 10mm pistol with Lone Wolf 40 S&W conversion barrel – Image copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

I missed out on a great deal on a used Glock 20 with conversion barrel about a year ago, so when I spotted an un-fired Glock 20 at my local gun shop, I bought it on the spot. Some people buy multiple guns chambered for the same cartridge so that reloading “overhead” can be kept to a minimum. My approach was the opposite: I want to experience and show as much reloading content as possible for each firearm I own. Such is life when you blog about reloading (and/or when reloading is your passion as it is for me).

The Glock 20 is a no-nonsense no-surprises consistent performer - Image Copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

The Glock 20 is a no-nonsense no-surprises consistent performer – Image Copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

Glocks are a matter of personal taste. People either like them, or don’t like them. Shooters will go on and on about the grip angle, the trigger, etc. To me they feel good, shoot good, are *very* easy to work on and take down, and I also appreciate the proliferation of aftermarket accessories. To put it simply: I’m a Glock fan. I don’t have a “Glock Perfection” bumper sticker on my truck, but I l like Glocks a lot.

Glock 20 Specs, from the Glock 20 product page:

  • Chambering: 10mm Auto
  • LENGTH: 209 mm / 8.22 in.
  • WIDTH: 32.50 mm / 1.27 in.
  • LENGTH BETWEEN SIGHTS: 172 mm / 6.77 in.
  • HEIGHT: 139 mm / 5.47 in.
  • BARREL HEIGHT: 32 mm / 1.26 in.
  • BARREL LENGTH: 117 mm / 4.60 in.

One of the aftermarket items I had my eye on was the very reasonably priced and high quality 40 S&W conversion barrels from Lone Wolf Distributors. Not only does this give your Glock 20 the ability to shoot 40 S&W ammunition, it also features a more “tight fitting” more fully supported chamber, and conventional rifling.

The Lone Wolf 2040N conversion barrel - Image Copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

The Lone Wolf 2040N conversion barrel – Image Copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

This barrel is CNC machined from 416R stainless steel forgings, and heat treated as well. The polished feed ramp helps a wide variety of ammunition feed reliably. Want to shoot hard cast lead bullets in your glock? The conventional rifling and high-quality machining make this no problem, in fact Lone Wolf states: “Ok to use lead, plated or jacketed bullets” on the official product page. Sounds good to me!

The machining on my Lone Wolf conversion barrel is top notch - Image copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

The machining on my Lone Wolf conversion barrel is top notch – Image copyright 2015 Ultimate Reloader

At just over $100 (I paid $114.) I feel this barrel is a great deal, and it definitely makes the Glock 20 more versatile. I also love the fact that while I may need to “de-bulge” range pickup brass, any rounds I shoot using this barrel will not suffer from “the Glock bulge” because of the more fully supported chamber in this barrel. That’s a plus for sure!

I’m looking forward to bringing you all some great stories about 10mm Auto and 40 S&W shooting and reloading. If you have specific things you’d like to see, or stories you’d like to share, please leave a comment!

Thanks,
Gavin

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