Announcements: Hornady Winner, CMMG, Uintah, 6.5 Grendel and more, UR Weekly Update

Lots of updates this week here at Ultimate Reloader! A winner for last week’s challenge, new partners, new cartridges I’ll be working with and more!

10 Ways to Preserve Your Gun Rights

Thanks to Jon Patton from The Gun Colletive (TGC) for the opportunity to share my views on how we can all band together to preserve our gun rights here in the USA! Here’s the video in case you missed it:

Please share your thoughts (drop a comment below in this post, or go to the video to comment) and do something! Let’s take this seriously…

Last Week’s Giveaway Winner

The challenge last week was to tell us ALL about your favorite rifle powder for reloading: which powder you like to use, your loaded ammo, and results you’ve gotten at the range and in the field. The prize? A Hornady bench powder measure and stand! The winner is Mario Desmo who likes H-4350 for his Tikka chassis rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor. Here’s what Mario wrote!

Hello Gavin,
First, I want to thank you for all your all your work in putting together a great series of videos.  I recently retired and found muyself with enough personal time that I can once again concentrate more on my hobbies and those things in life that matter to me.  I reloaded pistol calibers a bit while I was busy with my career and family, but never had enough time because of work and family constraints.  Well, now after a 40 year career as an electronics hardware engineer (for a company named after a fruit) and eventually becoming an engineering director, I can tell you that your videos have helped to get me back into reloading and are very much appreciated.
In fact, your video on Starline Brass is how I became interested in the 6.5 Creedmoor.  And because of that, I recently obtained a Tikka T3X-TAC A1 to try my hand at long range precision shooting.  And I Love that rifle.  The information in your article was of great use to me as I put together a starting load for my new Tikka.  The load I have developed for my rifle is giving me up to 1/4 inch groups at 100 yards!  I get groups consistently under 1/2 MOA.  Anyway, I still want to experiment with other loads, so there is a lot of work to be done, still.
At this time, I do not have a powder measure so I am using the powder dipper from the Lee die set to get me “in the ball park” as I measure the charge.  I then trickle in the charge to the exact weight.  I am using an RCBS beam scale to measure each load.  It then goes into the Starline  case and the bullet is then seated in.
First picture; the first picture is of the components I am using for loading cartridges.  I keep detailed notes in my notebook which is also a component of my load development.  As I mentioned, I have used your article on Starline Brass to develop my first load so far.  This load is based on 38.6 gn. of Hodgden H-4350, CCI #200 primers (large rifle), Starline brass of course, Hornady ELD-M 140 gn. bullets, and cartridges matched to the chamber dimensions of my Tikka.  I am assembling and shooting my loads 0.020 in. off the lands, according to the readings from my Hornady Headspace gauge, using a fire-formed modified cartridge.
Second picture; shows a bullet being seated into the brass casing.  The press I am using is an old RCBS Jr. is from the 60’s or 70’s and used to belong to my Dad.  I am using it now to load up these 6.5 Creedmoor loads.  It still operated as smooth as butter, and is perfect for this type of loading.
Third picture; shows the best result of my load development.  I shot ten different loads on this day and found this load (above) to be the most accurate.  The other loads were charged at 0.2 gn apart, and shot at about 1/2 MOA, so not too bad there either.  However, this load was the most accurate in my rifle coming in at about 1/4 MOA, at 100 yards, from a bench rest.  It was about 75 degrees, light to no wind, and sunny.  It was a very pleasant day!
Fourth picture; this is my rifle and a target showing a 1/4 MOA group, which was shot at 100 yards ad mentioned above.    This rifle is a dream to shoot.  The smoothness of the action, and all the other working parts is unbelievable.  It truly is a fine piece of machinery.  it makes shooting great groups very easy.  A very light trigger pull, great ergonomics, and low recoil make it best shooting rifle I’ve ever owned.  Can’t say enough good things about it!
Other pictures; these are of the rifle itself, in all its glory! lol
Thanks for the give away, please accept this as my entry!
And here are the pictures that Mario submitted:

New Partner: CMMG

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be working with CMMG this coming year on some awesome stories covering AR rifles and new cartridges! Here’s what I have planned:

  • 350 Legend: using a CMMG Resolute to evaluate this cartridge and show its potential for target shooting and hunting.
  • 6.5 Grendel: using a CMMG Resolute to shoot long-range, work up loads, and complement a bolt-action rifle for this cartridge.
  • 6.5 Creedmoor: using a CMMG Endeavor to show how an AR-10 sized rifle will work with this awesome cartridge.

From my 2019 SHOT Show coverage:

Stay tuned for more updates!

New Partner: Uintah Precision

Another new partner I’m very excited about is Uintah Precision! They manufacture high-precision bolt-action uppers for the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms. I’ll be looking at both the UPR-15 AR-15 bolt-action upper (in 6.5 Grendel) as well as the UPR-10 AR-10 bolt-action upper (in 6.5 Creedmoor).

Here’s a story my friend Logan from the West Desert Shooter YouTube channel posted covering the UPR-10:

Can’t wait to try these uppers for myself, and that will be happening soon!

New Rifle Cartridges Coming to UR

To summarize, I’ll soon be covering the following rifle cartridges:

  • 350 Legend
  • 6.5 Grendel
  • 6mm Creedmoor (more on that shortly)
  • More 7.62x39mm

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One thought on “Announcements: Hornady Winner, CMMG, Uintah, 6.5 Grendel and more, UR Weekly Update”

  1. Hey Gavin,

    Thanks for creating the website and YouTube Channel. Very informative. I have been out of shooting and reloading for a few years due to a neck surgery and associated issues. I will never be able to shoot a heavier recoiling cartridge again, and I may never be able to shoot my Tikka T3 Lite 308 Win again (I’m still holding out hope for that though). I have a Ruger American Rimfire 22lr w/a 4-14x44mm FFP Mildot Primary Arms scope mounted on a DIP rail. Before surgery I stopped shooting at less than 100yds with this setup (routinely shooting around MOA) and started shooting clay pigeons and their fragments down to at least 1/4 clay pigeon with this setup at 200 yards. CCI Standard 1070fps lead RN is very accurate, but most of my longer range shooting was with Remington Golden Bullet 36grn and Federal Champion 36grn hp – both value pack. I used this as a trainer for my Tikka as the ergonomics and bolt trow angle were quite similar.

    I didn’t get into reloading the Tikka because it was a hunting rifle and a solid 3/4 moa shooter out of the box w/ Nosler 165grn BT and 165grn Accubond factory ammunition and I had surgery shortly thereafter. I did chronograph the factory load at 2650fps. The box posted 2800fps. The Nosler website load data rates BLC2 as the most accurate powder at 2698fps out of a 24″ Lija test barrel. The Tikka 22″ barrel seems comparable once you adjust for barrel length.

    My point to all of this being that I stumbled upon your YouTube channel while researching accurate, long range, affordable, light recoiling cartridges. Two that routinely rise to the top of that list are the 224 Valkyrie and the 6.5 Grendel. I find you articulate, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and thorough with your research and presentations. You have risen to the top of my list as an information source. While I may never shoot again, you have helped re-ignite my interest in recreational shooting.

    Thank you sir. By the way I am not entering for anything.


    Tod Harrison

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