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Varmint Annihilator: DIY Facelift for a 223 Budget Rifle (Savage Axis, Boyds Stock, ATN X-Sight 5)

As much as I love my custom rifles and actions, I know that not everyone can afford them. While quality materials are really nice, you don’t need a full-custom gun for rock chucking. Boyds Gunstocks makes it possible to make a budget rifle your own!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by […]

TESTED: Athlon Ares G2 UHD Spotting Scope with Ranging Reticle

I’ve shown a lot of shooting lately with my .22 ARC. Now we’re watching the hits with an Athlon Ares G2 and 22x ranging reticle eyepiece!  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, […]

What happens if you run an oversized brake?

It’s no secret it’s possible to run an oversized caliber brake on your firearm. The question remains: should you? In this video, we will explore what happens! 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, […]

New 22 ARC ELR Config with the Ultradyne UD5 Chassis

We’ve shown the UD Chassis in its shortest configuration with .308 Shorty in the UD3 and in its longest form — the UD7. Now we’re taking a look at the last variation of the UD chassis: the UD5. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content […]

Athlon Cronus ATS Thermal Scope 50-640

Thermal scopes and predator hunting are things I’ve taken a recent interest in. In pursuit of those, I’m testing the new Athlon Cronus ATS Thermal Scope.  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, […]

.22 Cal Brake Shootout

I previously used our recoil rig to do an in-depth .30 cal muzzle brake shootout. Now I’m doing the same for .22! 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 […]

NEW: Wheeler Pro Series Gunsmithing Tools

Some time ago, I attended a Wheeler Tool rebranding in Moab, Utah. The toolset I brought home with me has since been my most frequently used tool set and the one everyone at the Rock Chuck Olympics grabbed to mount and swap scopes. Wheeler’s Professional Gunsmithing tool sets neatly contain everything you need!  Disclaimer Ultimate […]

NEW! Bergara Premier Competition: Now in 6GT

Bergara’s Premier Competition Rifle — all set up for PRS/NRL right out of the box — is now offered in 6 GT!  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 […]

NEW: ATN X-Sight 5 LRF 5-25x

ATN’s offerings are quite different from the traditional optic. They have a number of features and capabilities like custom reticles and recoil-activated video recording that set them apart. We’ve been using the ATN X-Sight 4K Pro on an AR for a number of years, but are taking our first look at the ATN X-Sight 5 […]

Foundation Centurion Rifle Stock Overview

We’ve established that Foundation Stocks are the winningest rifle stocks in PRS. We’ve also taken a look at the Foundation Dominion and Foundation Genesis 2. Now it’s time to work with the Centurion! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). The […]

Cerakote Advanced Training

Following my Cerakote Certified Applicator Training, I built my own Cerakote booth and have done a number of Cerakote jobs including laser imaging over Cerakote. I recently returned to Cerakote for more advanced training!   Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). […]

TESTED: Athlon Argos BTR 8-34×56 Gen 2 Scope

The Athlon Argos BTR Gen 2 8-34×56 recently topped our Boyds Pro Varmint Stock .22-250 upgrade. This time, we’re taking an in-depth look at the optic.  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, […]

5 Ways to Get on Target with Piet Malan

Piet Malan of Impact Shooting had quite the performance at the 2023 Rock Chuck Olympics. I took some time during the event to ask him about ways to get on and stay on target.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). […]

22-250 Upgrade! Boyds Pro Varmint Stock *and* Athlon Argos BTR Gen 2 Scope

Our Winchester Model 70 is getting a facelift with a new Boyds stock and Athlon optic!  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 […]

Rock Chuck Olympics E9: Winner and Awards Ceremony

With all shooting complete, it’s time to announce the winner of the 2023 Rock Chuck Olympics!  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 […]

Rock Chuck Olympics E8: Rock Chuck PRS

Several of our competitors have considerable experience in PRS including Piet Malan and Erik Cortina. This final stage of the Rock Chuck Olympics gave them their best shots at the title.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). The content on […]

2023 Rock Chuck Olympics Episode 7: Rifle ELR

After taking the Canik Rival-S long distance, it was time for our RCO competitors to take on Harold the evil rock chuck during our rifle ELR stage.  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, […]

2023 Rock Chuck Olympics Episode 6: Ridge Trail 2-Gun

The  Ridge Trail 2-Gun stage proved to be one of the most challenging stages yet. As it involved switching between carbines and pistols over tough terrain, it really mixed up the standings. Watch to see what happened!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you […]

2023 Rock Chuck Olympics Episode 5: Pistol ELR

Stage 3, Pistol ELR, was designed to be challenging for everyone. You hear about long pistol shots, but most have never attempted them. This stage put competitors on the spot.  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 […]

Rock Chuck Olympics E4: Pistol Run-N-Gun

Stage two, Pistol Run N’ Gun depended largely on speed and was aimed at world champion Nils Jonasson.  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 […]

2023 Rock Chuck Olympics Episode 3: Hidden Rock Chucks

Each stage of the Rock Chuck Olympics was designed to be fun and challenging, but also cater to the strengths of one or more of the competitors. Stage one, Hidden Rock Chucks, was designed with our hunters in mind, Who-Tee-Who and Backfire.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article […]

2023 Rock Chuck Olympics E2: Training & Sight In

Day one of the Rock Chuck Olympics began with training and sight-in as each competitor readied themselves for the competition. 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 […]

2023 Rock Chuck Olympics Episode 1: Kick Off & Meet the Competitors

You’ve seen the trailer, but today we’re officially kicking off episode one of the 2023 Rock Chuck Olympics. Meet our five world-class competitors and watch to join the experience.  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 […]

270 Weatherby -vs- Steel Target!

When I was a kid, my friend Chris’s dad had a Weatherby Mark V he got from opening a bank account. To this day, I still remember how beautiful it was. The ammo came in a box decorated with a safari theme and I believe it was a .300 Weatherby magnum. Forty years later, I […]

400 YARDS 22LR: NEW Lapua Long Range and Super Long Range

Interest in pushing rimfire to its limits has skyrocketed in recent years. This year Lapua announced two new rimfire products — Long Range and Super Long Range — designed specifically to optimize .22 LR performance past 100 yards.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content […]

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