It appears that the reloading component shortages are not easing up any time soon. This makes it really hard on us shooters that reload ammunition. So my question for you is: where are you finding reloading components?
I’ve deployed a variety of tactics to keep my shelves stocked, primarily looking in obscure places online (for instance: buying pistol powder from a shotshell reloading website). Have a tip to share? Did you vote “Other”? Please leave a comment!
In this video, I give an overview of the Hornady 366 8-station progressive shotshell reloading press. You’ll see the press up close and personal, and also learn what each of the stations are used for. This is a very cool piece of machinery, and I’m looking forward to demonstrating 12 gauge and 20 gauge reloading with it – make sure to stay tuned here on ultimatereloader.com!
If you reload for multiple cartridges, chances are you’ll be removing and replacing shellplates quite often. I’ve discovered a fast way to perform shellplate changeovers on the RCBS Pro-2000 and wanted to share with you a QuickTip that will help you speed up shellplate changes.
This tip is a simple one- in order to speed up the bolt removal/replacement process, use a 3/8″ drive socket adapter and a 3/8″ drive 8mm allen key. You just crack the torque on the bolt with the factory-supplied 8mm allen key, then use this 3/8″ drive tool combination as a “handwheel” to quickly spin the bolt on and off.
And here’s a video showing the improvised tool in action: (click on gear to change to HD playback)
I don’t show the entire shellplate process in the video, but it’s easy- after getting the center bolt out, you loosen the ejection wire set screw, lift off the ejection wire, and then lift off the shellplate. Installation is reverse of removal.
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We are all affected by the horrible events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families that were affected by this tragedy.
Today, the NRA held a press conference where NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre communicated the NRA proposal in response to the recent tragedy in Newtown.
I wanted to take a few moments to communicate how we at NWGUN.com feel about what the NRA proposed.
First, I found the implied “connection” between gun violence and media (particularly video games and movies) difficult to understand. It’s hard to understand exactly what Wayne was proposing if anything. We feel that it’s a parent/family responsibility to keep track of what kids are watching, reading, playing, etc. We’re not aware of any evidence that playing violent video games has any effect on crime rates.
Second, I wanted to state some beliefs that we stand by here at NWGUN.com:
In America, we have the constitutional right to defend ourselves. This right includes lawful gun ownership via the 2nd amendment, and the right to carry where carry is legal. NWGUN.com believes in these rights from a philosophical perspective, and is committed to protecting these rights for the current generation and future generations.
Some forms of gun legislation make sense. This would include restricting individuals with criminal histories from owning, possessing or carrying firearms. This also includes restricting younger individuals from buying or possessing firearms. While this kind of legislation may “make sense” We question how effective most of these laws are. If someone has a criminal history, they have already shown disregard for the law. Why would anyone believe that convicted criminals will obey gun restrictions?
Creating “gun-free” zones creates an opportunity for violent crime. Since law abiding citizens are the ones that obey such restrictions, this creates a natural opportunity for those who don’t obey the law or are not mentally stable.
Our country should act to address school safety in ways that are effective, not out of fear or gun-phobia. There are no easy answers, and we must be courageous and respond in ways that are effective. The solutions to gun violence in schools should include empowering effective and timely responses to violent tragedies as they unfold.
To summarize, we are not sure about what the NRA was inferring regarding guns in media, we don’t think that’s the issue. The proposal for a “National School Safety Shield Program” sounds promising. We will look forward to hearing more details as the NRA shares more information.
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We all have different motivations for reloading, but I want you all to think about what the “biggest” motivation is for you all for reloading your own ammunition. It may be hard to select only one, but please do so.
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