Category: Hodgdon General

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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 […]

SHOT Show 2024: Hornady’s New 22 ARC and ELD-VT Bullets

I recently completed my 22 ARC Build and showed progressive reloading for the cartridge on the Dillon XL-750. I took some time at the 2024 SHOT Show to speak with Hornady’s Seth Swerczek about Hornady’s 22 ARC and new ELD-VT bullet. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or […]

Bulk Loading 22 ARC on the Dillon XL-750

Hornady just released the 22 ARC and I’ve completed my first rifle build for it! Now it’s time to work up a load on the Dillon XL-750. 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, […]

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 […]

TESTED: Hawkins Tank ST & ACE Brake

Hawkins Precision scope rings and bottom metal are often at the center of our rifles. This time, we’re trying something closer to the muzzle: Hawkins Precision brakes.  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, […]

Boyds XX Walnut stocks for the Marlin .45-70

Did you know that Boyds offers nice walnut stocks? Boyds is well known for their colorful, laminated rifle stocks, but it’s not as well known that they also offer walnut and maple in standard, X and XX grades.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content […]

.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 […]

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 […]

Hands on with the Ultradyne UD3 Chassis

We’ve previously featured Ultradyne’s UD7 chassis with Cerakote. This time, we’re looking at this chassis in its most compact form—the UD3. 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, […]

Hands on with the Dillon RL550C: .308 Tracers, and .308 Subsonic Loads

After bulk-processing .308 brass with the CP 2000 and DA 3000, we’re bulk loading tracers and subsonic rounds on the Dillon RL-550C. 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 […]

10 Armanov Upgrades that will take your XL750 to the next level!

Armanov makes a number of Dillon press upgrades, like the RL1100 lock-n-load toolhead. This time, we’re tricking out our Dillon XL-750! 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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hands On: Mark 7 AutoDrive for the Dillon RL1100

We’ve spent lots of time highlighting the Apex 10 Autodrive and the numerous sensors available for it. This time, we’re bringing the Autodrive technology to another favorite—the Dillon RL1100!   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 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 […]

TESTED: Hodgdon CFE BLK

You see the powder on the shelf or in the book, but what exactly is it best for? This time I’m taking a closer look at Hodgdon’s CFE BLK, a powder I’ve used in both rifles and handguns. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content […]

Frankford Arsenal X-10 Bullet Feeder: Unboxing, Setup, Loading 9mm

While I’ve done several stories with the Frankford Arsenal X-10 Progressive Press, I decided it was time for Ultimate Reloader’s Kyle Shields to set up the production version, and to add the new bullet feeder! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these […]

Deer Rifles: It Doesn’t Take a Cannon

Deer, whether whitetail, blacktail or mule deer, are not huge animals. A big mature buck is rarely over 300 pounds and most are far smaller. They’re also really not very wide from side to side, have smallish bones and their hide isn’t particularly tough. This begs the question: Why do I hear deer hunters so […]

NEW: Bergara B-14 Squared Crest 7mm PRC

Earlier this year, I showed the Bergara B-14 Squared Crest in .308 Winchester. You all asked for 7mm PRC — here it is!  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, […]

TESTED: Ramshot Hunter, Versatile Rifle Powder

I’ve had great success with Ramshot’s Hunter Powder. It has been around for some time, and it still holds up!  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 […]

Loading Precision .338 with Triebel Dies

It’s incredibly rewarding to build a rifle, load the ammo for it, and shoot it to measure the results. I decided to take out the .338 Lapua Freedom Rifle and do some load development with it.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept […]

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 […]

TESTED with 45 ACP: Berry’s 185 grain HBRN Bullets

We recently showed Kyle Shields loading .45 ACP on the Dillon XL-750 with the Double Alpha Academy Click-Adjustable Powder Knob. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the bullet we used—Berry’s .45 ACP 185 grain hollow base round nose bullets!  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching […]

.45 ACP Loading Session on Dillon XL-750 (New User)

While Kyle Shields has spent lots of time with single-stage presses, it was time to get him up to speed on progressives. I tasked him with loading .45 ACP on the Dillon XL-750.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). The […]

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