Category: CCI

Solid Copper Mystery Solved: Should you Hunt Bear with Copper? (Guy’s Back Country Bear Hunt)

I was both surprised and pleased to get a call from Gary Cameron, owner of Cameron Outfitters. I’d hunted bear with him last year, but hadn’t gotten a shot at one. He called in late May, saying that he had an opening at his backcountry bear camp and asked if I wanted to go hunting. […]

Hornady’s 240 grain .44 Caliber XTP for Hunting?

I’ve always wanted to consistently harvest big game with a revolver. While I need more practice, I’ve settled on an ideal hunting bullet for my .44 Magnum— the 240 grain Hornady XTP. Here’s why! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). The […]

How Good Are They? Berry’s 124 Gr. HBRN-TP 9mm Bullet

I’ve long trusted Berry’s plated bullets for economical practice loads — but how accurate are they? Today we find out if you have to forgo accuracy for lower cost!  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 […]

Head-to-Head: 9mm vs. .380 ACP for Self Defense

A number of companies make compact carry pistols in both 9mm and .380 ACP, marketing .380 to women and those who desire less recoil. Besides size, what really are the differences between these two cartridges?  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these […]

Less is More? Using a SMALLER Cartridge for Grizzly, Why? (30-06 vs 375 H&H)

I had long wanted to hunt grizzly in Alaska, and finally saved enough to pay for the hunt. There’s a lot to consider when contemplating a grizzly hunt, from the gun to the cartridge, terrain, and location!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you […]

Head to Head: .357 SIG and .40 S&W

Next in our head-to-head series: .40 S&W vs. .357 SIG. Both of these cartridges were incredibly popular with law enforcement in the 1990s. Today, not so much. What happened and which of the two is superior? Watch or read on to find out!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this […]

Avoid the Clickers: Correctness Formula

I recently pushed the limits of .308 Winchester using Alpha Munitions OCD brass. Details of the brass, reloading process, and the rifle’s chamber all have to come together perfectly for safe, proper firing. Here’s how it works!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you […]

INSANE Performance: Pushing the 308 Win into 300 Win Mag Territory (Bat Machine, Alpha Munitions)

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. I’ve joined forces with BAT Machine and Alpha Munitions to truly test how hard we can push a .308 Winchester.  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, […]

Head to Head: .357 Magnum and .38+P

I recently compared .45 ACP and 10mm. Today I’m pitting .357 Magnum and .38 Special + P against one another!  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 […]

Head-to-Head: .45 ACP vs. 10mm For Self Defense

10mm and .45 ACP are the heavy hitters of the self-defense handgun world. Which is better?  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 […]

Economical .223 Loads: Berry’s 62 grain FMJ

I’ve spent many many hours with the AR-15 through decades of military and law enforcement 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 (including videos, articles, ammunition reloading data, technical articles, gunsmithing and other information) is […]

Hornady 410 Grain Sub-X .45-70 Hunting Rounds

The 150-year-old .45-70 has retained its popularity with a variety of new ammunition and reloading components available. Hornady’s newest jacketed hunting bullet is a big one! The 410 grain Sub-X is a large bullet intended for a specific hunting niche. Let’s take a closer look! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by […]

Economical .45-70 Loads with Berry’s 350 Grain Bullets!

Berry’s makes a wide range of reloading products. Their plated bullets offer an interesting and affordable alternative to either jacketed or cast bullets. I’ve used their bullets in various handguns for many years. Here at Ultimate Reloader, we’ve used Berry’s bullets in other handguns and rifles including the .30-30 Winchester. This was our first use […]

TESTED: Hodgdon Titegroup

We recently tested Berry’s .357 125 grain FP-TP bullets over Titegroup from Henry’s Big Boy Revolvers. Happy with the performance, we decided to take a closer 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, […]

Berry’s 125 gr FP-TP .38/.357 Bullet

We’ve loaded .38 and .357 with Berry’s before, but if you’re looking for a high velocity .38+P or .357 magnum load with modest recoil, Berry’s 125 grain Flat Point Thick Plate bullet is a great option! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept […]

Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit

I thoroughly enjoyed looking over the items in this Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit and putting them to work. My familiarity with RCBS gear dates back to the 1970s with my father’s RCBS press. In the mid-1980s, I bought my own Rock Chucker press which I still use 40 years later!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader […]

Finally – Guy Miner Hunts with a 6.5 Creedmoor!

You all know how much I love the .30-06. Thanks to Gavin, I have the opportunity to work with a new rifle, new scope, and a cartridge that’s new to me! That’s a lot of “new” for me to deal with, but I am enjoying every bit of it.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making […]

308 -vs- 30-06 -vs- 300 PRC: Heavy .30 Caliber Hornady Bullets for Big Game

Heavy .30 caliber bullets aren’t new for big game, but now there are high BC options! Which is better?  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: Barnes 130 grain 30 Caliber TTSX Bullets

A 130 grain hunting bullet in .30 caliber? Yes, these bullets are screamers and accurate as well! Another well-regarded hunting bullet from our friends at Barnes Bullets.  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, […]

Basic Rifle Reloading Part 3: Priming

In the first video in this series, we cleaned once-fired Federal cases using Lyman’s vibratory tumbler and walnut shell media. We then resized the cases, decapped/deprimed them, trimmed them and did any other necessary case-prep work. Next up is priming! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching […]

Success: Hornady 178gr ELD-X on Elk at 405 yards (30-06)

We’ve tested Hornady’s ELD-X hunting bullet in a number of different calibers and have been consistently impressed with its accuracy and performance in Clear Ballistics Gel blocks. It was time to take that bullet elk hunting!  *Note: This is a successful hunting story and video. The harvest is shown here and in the video.  Disclaimer […]

Rifle Reloading Basics Pt1: Safety and Brass Tumbling

Here at Ultimate Reloader, we use a lot of sophisticated equipment, but every person needs to start with the basics. In this series, we’ll review the basics of reloading for all the beginners out there, starting with cleaning brass! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video […]

Perfect Primer Seating with Frankford Arsenal

Though priming a large number of cases can be taxing, many prefer handheld priming tools because the handloader can feel the primer being seated into the primer pocket. A properly seated primer is vital for consistency and accuracy. Primer seating on most presses provides so much leverage that “feel” is sacrificed. Some handheld priming tools […]

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