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Hornady New Products for 2021

What a CRAZY year this has been! Most companies in the gun and ammunition industry have been “moving mountains” to keep up, and Hornady is no exception! So this year is “lighter” for new product releases, but Hornady has some new items for 2021 that I’d like to show you! Reloading In the reloading category, […]

30 Cal RUSSIAN -VS- 308 (Differences Explained)

Have you ever compared cartridges like 7.62x39mm and 308 Winchester and thought to yourself: What is up with 0.308″ -vs- 0.312″ ??? I definitely have! In this article I’ll look at the differences between these two caliber conventions (30 cal Russian versus 308) and talk about interoperability between the two for reloading. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader […]

COMPARED: Mark 7 Evolution + Mark 7 APEX 10 (All changes)

You may have seen the recent announcement for the new Mark 7 APEX 10 progressive reloading press. This press essentially is a [big] update to the Mark 7 Evolution. What exactly where the changes and improvements? I’m glad you asked! In this article I’ll explore these changes in detail from A to Z! Breakdown of […]

NEW Mark 7 APEX 10: Unboxing, Setup, Loading 45 ACP

Mark 7 just released a new 10-station progressive press called the APEX 10, and in this article, we’re going to get hands-on with it! About the Mark 7 APEX 10 The Mark 7 APEX 10 is available directly from Mark 7 Reloading, and also from the Double Alpha Academy. From the Mark 7 product page: […]

Area 419 Maverick: More than Just a Suppressor

Ever since the Area 419 Maverick was announced, I was curious to get hands-on with one. And when Craig Anrzen from Area 419 came for a visit, I had that opportunity! In this article and video, Craig and I will give you an “in-depth tour” of the Maverick platform, and also do some shooting to […]

Reloading 7.62x39mm with Berry’s 123 grain Bullets

Most people that shoot 7.62x39mm don’t think about reloading for it. But when you want something specific ballistically (subsonic for example), independence from ammo shortages, or even to save money: it makes total sense to reload this cartridge. In this article and video, we’ll take a look at a great bullet for this application: Berry’s […]

TESTED: Lapua 6.5 Creedmoor Brass (Large and Small Primer)

Lapua makes top-shelf brass, and their 6.5 Creedmoor offerings are no exception. If you’ve used this brass, you’re probably aware that it’s available only with small primer pockets. Well, that used to be true, but recently Lapua released large primer pocket 6.5 Creedmoor brass, and it’s given me stellar results this last year with long-term […]

My Most Sensitive Scale: AND EJ-54D2 (0.003 grains)

When you’re reloading precision ammunition, a precision scale is critical. Accurate and consistent powder charges are paramount not only for precision shooting, but also for your own personal safety! In this story, we’ll take an in-depth look at an incredibly precise and affordable scale from AND: the EJ-54D2! About the EJ-54D2 Precision Scale The EJ-54D2 […]

ANSCHÜTZ USA Facility Tour

If you like things that are unique and precision oriented, this is the story for you! While in town visiting Creedmoor Sports, they were able to get me into the Anschütz North America facility- the official importer for Anschütz rifles here in the states (with their offerings available at the Creedmoor Sports website). I had […]

CMP Talladega Range Visit

While I was recently in Alabama visiting Creedmoor Sports, I had the opportunity to visit the most AMAZING range facility I’ve ever seen: The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park. The only think I can liken this to is visiting the “Disneyland of Shooting”! In this story I’ll give you a brief tour of the park (lots […]

TESTED: Winchester StaBALL 6.5 Creedmoor-Class Powder

Finding the right powder for your load can involve compromises. Powder burn rate, metering, and temperature sensitivity are examples of variables that may translate to compromises based on your reloading equipment and load/cartridge. With newer powders like Winchester StaBALL 6.5, those compromises are becoming less of an issue. In this article, we’ll explore this recent […]

Learn From the Best: Rifle Building Class with Gordy Gritters

Have you dreamed of building your own custom rifles? Are you interested in starting your own gunsmithing shop? If so, you’ll want to consider registering for the upcoming rifle building class at the Extreme Accuracy Institute with Gordy Gritters! About the Class From the Extreme Accuracy Institute website: You can now learn extreme-accuracy rifle building […]

NEW: Pro Dies from Lyman (In-Depth)

Lyman has just recently released an all-new lineup of reloading dies aimed at high-volume progressive reloading: Lyman Pro Dies. These dies are meant for serious reloading, and are available in both pistol sets, and rifle sets. In this video and article, we’ll take a close look at the pistol Pro Dies! What’s Included: Pistol Pro […]

Gunsmithing Books from Fred Zeglin

If you are looking to learn more about gunsmithing, and want to learn from one of the best, you’ll want to check out the books and other resources from Fred Zeglin. In this article and video, we’ll look at four of Zeglin’s books that I have in the shop! Who is Fred Zeglin? Fred Zeglin […]

Lee Pro 4000 Caliber Change and Loading 6.5 Grendel

In this article I’ll pick up where I left off in my first LEE Pro 4000 article (unboxing, setup, loading 9mm). This time I’ll show a caliber conversion, we’ll add the Safety Prime, and load some 6.5 Grendel! What You Need for a Pro 4000 Caliber Change For each caliber change you perform with the […]

BAT Rifle Actions: In-Depth Overview

If you are familiar with Bat Machine, you know they have a reputation for extreme accuracy. What you may not know is just how many different types of rifle actions they make, and how many configurations and options are available. In this video and article, I’m joined by Bruce Thom from Bat machine to cover […]

Creedmoor Sports Facility Tour (Behind the Scenes)

Most serious shooters know the Creedmoor Sports brand and website- but most people don’t get a chance to see their facility, meet the people, and see how products are made and how an online retailer works behind the scenes. And that’s exactly what I got to experience when I went to Anniston Alabama to visit […]

Mr. Bullet Feeder Caliber Change: 9mm to 45 ACP on Dillon XL-750

When you make an investment in a premium piece of gear like a Mr. Bullet Feeder, it’s good to know that you can use it for more than one application! In this video and article, I’ll walk through what’s included in the Mr. Bullet Feeder caliber conversion kits, and walk through the process of converting […]

XL-750 Bullet Feed SOLUTION (Double Alpha Extra-Short Powder Bar)

The Dillon XL-750 is an improved version of the XL-650- with the priming system changes alone being worth the upgrade (and then there are numerous other improvements as well). For a full list of differences/upgrades, check out my XL-650 -vs- XL-750 article and video (I cover the changes in detail). One issue I have encountered […]

HANDS-ON: NEW Lee Pro-4000 Press Kit

This year LEE introduced a new comprehensive press kit building on the LEE Auto Breech Lock Pro press: It’s called the LEE Pro 4000, and it includes much of what you’ll need to load ammunition. Oh, and it’s budget conscious too! In this article we’ll get the press out of the box, set it up, […]

NEW: Lyman Borecam Pro Hands-On

This year Lyman released an all-new version of their digital borecam system, it’s called the Lyman Borecam Pro! This new borecam is wirelesss, and supports HD resolution- and that’s just what I’ve been looking for! In this article we’ll get hands on with this new instrument. About the Lyman Borecam Pro From the Lyman Product […]

TESTED: NEW VihtaVuori N555 Creedmoor-Class Powder

Cartridges like 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor have become incredibly popular to shoot and reload for. And for good reason! These cartridges offer great ballistics, minimal recoil, and outstanding accuracy. So when I found out about the new N555 Creedmoor-Class powder from Vihtavuori, I knew I had to try some. And that’s the subject of […]

ZERO Press Tech Deep-Dive with Area 419

In case you missed it, Area 419 has disrupted the single stage and turret reloading press product category with their new press: the ZERO. The Zero press brings together the benefits of both an ultra-precision single stage press and a turret press. In this article, I’ll review a tech deep-dive discussion I had with Craig […]

NEW! PrimaFill from Double Alpha Academy

I’m always looking for ways to simplify primer handling when bulk loading ammunition. In this article we’ll look at an all-new system for loading primers from the Double Alpha Academy called PrimaFill. Will this make your life easier when reloading? Check it out! PrimaFill from Double Alpha PrimaFill is a stand-alone primer tube filling machine […]

25 Creedmoor: Initial Load Development

My 25 Creedmoor build was a lot of fun, and now it’s time to talk load development! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms) The content on this website (including videos, articles, ammunition reloading data, technical articles, gunsmithing and other information) is for […]

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