Author: Guy Miner

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RCBS Dies from 1968, Will They Work? (30-30)

Gavin handed me an old set of RCBS dies in an equally vintage cardboard box. He had gotten the 1968 set from a friend and tasked me with cleaning them up and reloading some 30-30 ammunition. I think he knew that my RCBS set dates back to 1974 and I would enjoy the project.  Disclaimer […]

Head-To-Head: 6.5 Creedmoor vs. 30-06 (Hunting)

In with the new, out with the old? Should the 6.5 Creedmoor replace the .30-06 in the hunting category?  Not so fast! Let’s take a look.  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, […]

500 S&W Mag with Hornady 350gr XTP Bullets

Nearly twenty years ago, Smith & Wesson introduced their huge new X-frame double-action revolver along with the 500 S&W cartridge. Hornady loaded the first 500 S&W ammunition, sending a 350 grain hollow-point XTP bullet at an advertised 1900 fps! We recently tested some 500 S&W ammunition handloaded with the 350 grain Berry’s plated flat nose […]

What Rifle Action is Best for Hunting (Bolt, Semi, Pump, Lever, Single-Shot)?

When many think of a hunting rifle, they first think of a bolt action. Are other action types viable for hunting? Absolutely!  Bolt action rifles can be excellent for a wide range of hunting, but they’re not the only rifle type in the hunting fields. Rifle types vary by individual choice, region, family or cultural […]

500 S&W Reloading Without Breaking the Bank!

Big guns, big bullets, big smiles — handloading with Berry’s plated bullets means your costs don’t have to be.  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 […]

TESTED: 357 Magnum Hornady 140 grain FTX Bullets

The 357 magnum cartridge has been around for a rather long time. It was developed in the 1930’s by Elmer Keith, Phillip B. Sharpe, and Douglas B. Wesson. This group intended to make a high-velocity revolver cartridge which could pierce automobile bodies and early ballistic vests. The 357 magnum has since established a good track […]

Loading PRECISION 308 Hunting Ammunition (MEC Marksman)

Can hunting ammo be as accurate as match ammo? Let’s find out!  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 demonstration purposes only. […]

HEAD-TO-HEAD: 4.6x30mm Ballistics Gel (three ammo SKUs)

Tiny but Mighty! You’ve seen us tear up ballistics gel with a variety of big cartridges, but what about something small?  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, […]

What bolt action hunting rifle for just under $900.00 ?

My youngest son John has been hunting for 20 years, using a nearly 50-year-old 6mm Remington and a 100-plus-year-old 30-06 rifle! He’s done well with them, but mentioned that he’d like a rifle better suited for long range use, on game up to the size of an elk out to 500 yards.I told him I’d […]

TESTED: Henry Big Boy All-Weather (357 Magnum)

After reviewing Henry’s X-model 30-30 rifle, we found ourselves eagerly awaiting the delivery of another Henry lever action. In the past year, we’ve taken a closer look at the 45-70 and 30-30 cartridges. The crew here at Ultimate Reloader is quite taken by lever action rifles, as are all our visitors! Henry recently shipped us […]

Bear Hunting A-Z

Have you ever been bear hunting?  Both Gavin and I have successfully taken bears. There’s something about a bear that adds a little spice to a hunt, perhaps it’s knowing they can be dangerous. I thoroughly enjoy bear hunting. It can be challenging, any adult bear is generally a trophy worth taking, the meat can […]

TESTED: Hodgdon LEVERevolution Powder

If you want more zip from your lever action 30-30, seriously consider loading with Hodgdon’s LEVERevolution powder! Combining LEVERevolution with Hornady’s pointed Monoflex and Flex Tip bullets results in ammunition that has a higher velocity and flatter trajectory than conventional 30-30 cartridges.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article […]

375 H&H HAMMER Load for African Plains Game

Story by Guy Miner In case you didn’t already know — I’m beyond excited about my upcoming trip to Africa. I’ve already showcased load development for my 30-06 and threading the same rifle for a suppressor, but I’m also taking another rifle, a Ruger Number One 375 H&H.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with […]

Loading 30-06 for Africa with Hornady 165gr CX Bullets

After years, actually decades, spent dreaming of Africa, I’ve finally booked a trip. Since then, I’ve been actively preparing for my South African  dream hunt for gemsbok, kudu, wildebeest, and other African antelope collectively referred to as plains game. I’ve chosen my 30-06 rifle to accompany me on this adventure.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / […]

30-30 Subsonic Loads with Berry’s 150gr Plated Bullets!

A lever gun isn’t always something you’d think of as subsonic. Just for fun, we loaded the 30-30 Winchester to subsonic velocity for plinking. This cartridge is already fun to load and shoot anyway — these loads make it even more fun. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article […]

INSANE Precision: 223 Loads using Forster Equipment

Knowing how accurate the 223 trainer rifle Gavin built is, especially when combined with Berger’s factory 77 grain OTM ammo and Travis’ handloads, it seemed natural to also build that same load using Forster’s unique Co-Ax press and associated equipment.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching […]

Have a Need for Speed? Try the 204 Ruger!

What happens when two firearms industry giants put their heads together? The 204 Ruger, brainchild of Ruger and Hornady, is known for its high velocity, accuracy potential, minimal recoil and flat trajectory. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). The content […]

In-Depth: Henry X Model 30-30 Tactical Lever Action

Here at Ultimate Reloader, surrounded by precision bolt action rifles and fast firing semi-automatic and automatic firearms, we found ourselves eagerly awaiting the delivery of our first Henry lever action rifle, the X Model 30-30. Last year we had stories on two traditional lever action rifles, a 45-70 and a 30-30. Shooting those rifles and […]

TESTED: Hornady 7mm 150 grain CX Bullets w/Ballistics Gel (7mm Rem Mag)

Curious about Hornady’s new monolithic hunting bullet? Let’s take a look at the CX in 7mm Rem Mag!  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 […]

Hands-On: Lyman Universal Case Trimmer

Want a trimmer that can do it all? The Lyman Universal Case Trimmer can accommodate calibers from .22 to .458 without extra collets and can be converted to a power trimmer! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). The content on […]

TESTED: IMR 8133 Smokeless Powder

Last year I was unable to find my old favorite slow burning powders locally, but I found a couple of pounds of IMR 8133 and decided to investigate. Since then, I’ve become a fan of this powder, which we’ll take a close look at in this story! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal […]

TESTED: Hodgdon’s CFE Pistol Smokeless Powder

If you’re looking for a versatile powder for revolvers or semi-auto handguns, CFE Pistol certainly deserves your attention. That’s the powder that’s front and center in this story! 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 […]

TESTED: Hodgdon’s CFE-223 Smokeless Powder

Have you used Hodgdon’s CFE 223 ball powder? CFE stands for Copper Fouling Eraser and is designed to provide greater accuracy for longer periods of time with less cleaning, making it ideal for competition and varmint shooters. It’s also not just for 223!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this […]

Loading the 25-06 Hunting Loads with the MEC Marksman Press

We’re going step-by-step on how to handload reliable and accurate 25-06 hunting cartridges on the MEC Marksman single stage press. 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 […]

Forster Co-Ax Bench-Mounted Primer Seater

I’ve used handheld primer seaters and press-mounted primer seaters, but I’d never tried a bench-mounted unit. Let’s take a look at the Forster Co-Ax Primer Seater!  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, […]

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