Posts Tagged ‘Reloading Blog’

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

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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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

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

Wednesday, 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

Lee Loadmaster Video Breaks New Record

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

I’ve found that there’s a HUGE demand for 45 ACP reloading content. It’s because of this that I prioritize this kind of content (9mm, 45 ACP, .223, …) when I go to produce content related to a specific reloading press. Recently, one of my videos set a new record for Ultimate Reloader – over a half million views for a single video!

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This happens to be one of my old videos filmed with an old camera, and not-so-awesome microphone, but I think this video is really about the content- showing a press in action, talking through the features, demonstrating the reloading process. That’s what I started out focusing on, and it’s what still motivates me to bring this content to you all. It’s great to have this virtual “community” to share with and be a part of. Thanks to you all for your continued enthusiasm and support, I couldn’t do it without you all!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll have a totally new Lee Loadmaster video available soon, showing something no one has seen before (that’s also something I like doing- showing something new :) ). In the mean time, here’s an example of a newer Lee Loadmaster video filmed with a better camera and a *real* microphone. Enjoy!

Thanks,
Gavin

RCBS Announces new 7-Station Reloading Press

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

I started loading on a 3-station progressive press. Soon after starting my reloading career, I realized I wanted more stations. “Wouldn’t it be great to have separate stations for seating and crimping” I thought to myself. Soon I was loading on a 5-station press. Well, later on I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to have separate stations for everything?”.

Here’s an example:

  1. Sizing/De-priming
  2. Expansion
  3. Powder charging
  4. Powder checking
  5. Bullet feed
  6. Seat
  7. Crimp

Well…. there’s a new 7-station reloading press coming to town. This territory used to be almost exclusively owned by the Dillon Super 1050, a professional-quality 7-station press that many competitive shooters swear by (yes, swear by, not swear at :) ). At the SHOT show this year, RCBS showed a pre-production example of their new press, the “Pro Chucker 7″. With prices speculated way below the Super 1050 pricing, and with a case feeder “under development” many shooters/reloaders are excited about this new piece of gear.

RCBS Pro Chucker 7 image courtesy GW Staar @ thehighroad.org

RCBS Pro Chucker 7 image courtesy GW Staar @ thehighroad.org

It looks like this press will offer some GREAT features, and I’m looking into getting a unit as soon as they are available! More info as I get it. Are you all excited about this press? Please leave a comment to express your thoughts!

50 BMG Reloading: Getting Closer to the Goal

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Well, I’m one step closer to reloading for the 50 BMG. This week I got in a shipment of Hornady A-MAX 750 grain match bullets. WOW! these things are HUGE. Check out how big the projectiles are compared with a full .223 Remington cartridge:

Hornady-XTP-750-Match-vs-.223-2000

Just for fun, I decided to compare the weight of the .223 cartridge compared with the 750 grain Hornady projectile, here’s what I came up with:

Hornady-XTP-750-Match-vs-.223-on-scale-1200

750 grains / 168.7 grains = 4.45 times the weight!

If we compare the projectiles alone, we have:

750 grains / 52 grains = 14.42 times the weight!

If you study the ballistics and shooting practices, 50 BMG is more like dealing with artillery than it is like shooting traditional rifle ammunition. That’s what makes me intrigued and excited about shooting and reloading 50 BMG! Unfortunately, the cost is also more along the lines of artillery (sort of :) ).

Let’s compare the cost of the projectiles:

  • 52 grain match bullet: ~$150. / 1000 = $0.15 each
  • 750 grain match bullet: ~$50 / 20 = $2.50 each

Comparing the cost we have:

$2.50 / $0.15  = 16.7 times the cost

BUT: If you have shot 50 BMG you know that the “experience” of shooting a round can be WAY more than 16.7 times the cost of shooting a single .223/5.56 round. Some times you need to feel the “blast wave” from a 50 BMG muzzle brake. Some times you need to feel your eyeballs rattle in their sockets. If you’ve had a tough week in the office or on the job site, you can’t put a price on what it feels like to unleash that kind of power. It’s an experience that’s best shared with friends.

Shooting 50 BMG at the Ultimate Reloader outpost with friend “Jim the Plumber”

It’s also great to have you all (the readers/viewers on Ultimate Reloader) to share all of this with. So as I plan out the content and my own personal goals with 50 BMG, I’ll keep you all updated regularly, and will have some great stories and videos that I’ll be sharing. Just like the cartridge itself, this is going to be epic! If you have anything in particular you’d like to see, please leave a comment and I’ll put it “into the hat”.

Thanks all, and “happy shooting”.
-Gavin