Category: Hunting

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308 Shorty Build: Machining, Chambering, Cerakote

Before chambering my 308 Shorty build, I had to decide what length to cut the barrel to and what color to Cerakote it. I put out the poll, and you all answered! Now that the results are in, we’ll cover the end-to-end process in this story.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: […]

New Rifles from Bergara at SHOT Show 2023

Bergara’s Collin Russell took the time to walk us through Bergara’s new offerings released at the 2023 SHOT Show. We’ve already had hands-on experience with the all new Bergara B-14² Crest and fell in love with it.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you […]

New Optics from Leupold at SHOT Show 2023

John Snodgrass, marketing communications specialist at Leupold & Stevens, took a few minutes to walk us through the new optics announced at SHOT Show 2023, the Mark 5HD 2-10 x 30 and BX-4 Range HD rangefinding binoculars.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you […]

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 […]

How short? 308 Shorty Build Kick-Off

Though I typically feature more modern cartridges in my rifle builds like the 7mm PRC, I’ve recently developed an affinity for the 308, partly due to testing the Bergara B-14² Crest. I’ll be basing my next rifle build (a 308 shorty) around the Foundation Dominion stock and BAT Igniter action, but need some help deciding on […]

AWESOME Light-Weight Rails from SRS (Arca, Picatinny, Combo)

Salmon River Solutions (SRS) makes a number of specialty rails — let’s 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, articles, ammunition reloading data, technical articles, gunsmithing and other information) […]

Bullet Clearance -vs- Brake Recoil (Shocking Results)

Ever wondered how bullet clearance affects muzzle brake performance? Our findings may surprise you. 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 […]

RCBS Lightweight Partner Press Unboxing and Overview

Sometimes less is more. Many presses are large, bulky, and very heavy. However, from time to time, a handloader may want a smaller, lighter press. The RCBS Partner Press is an interesting alternative to large, heavy presses.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you […]

BEAR DEFENSE: 44 Mag vs 10mm Auto (Which is Better?)

What would you want against a bear, 10mm Auto or .44 mag? That’s what we’ll cover 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 videos, articles, ammunition reloading data, technical articles, gunsmithing and […]

25-06 Mule Deer Barnes TSX Hunting Success

I first heard about Barnes bullets in the 1980s and by the 1990s, they were well-known and renowned for hunting. Copper bullets are different than lead core bullets. They want to go fast and penetrate hard, but are a different kind of bullet. It’s important to be conscious of  this whenever changing your load from […]

7mm Rem Mag Sierra GameKing Hunting Wyoming (Success)

Wyoming has long lured me for hunting and fishing. Elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope from the Cowboy State have all filled my freezer. In 2020, I had tags for both mule deer and pronghorn antelope, and hunted the Great Plains of Eastern Wyoming. Anticipating wide open spaces with the potential for longish range shots, […]

45 Colt: Shooting and Reloading

This time, I had an opportunity to introduce Gavin to a cartridge he’s never shot before, though it’s been around for over almost 150 years, the .45 Colt.  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 […]

7mm PRC Reloading: What You’ll Need

Want to know what it takes to load 7mm PRC?  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. Do not […]

7mm PRC vs. 6.5 PRC vs. 300 PRC

With the announcement of the new 7mm PRC cartridge, we’re comparing it to 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC to see how it stacks 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 […]

What is the World’s Most Versatile Revolver Cartridge?

What’s the most versatile revolver cartridge? We decided to (subjectively) pick our most versatile revolver cartridge, and do some show and tell in the process!  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 […]

How to Start Your Own Gunsmithing Business

Starting your own business can be terrifying and exciting. It is a significant undertaking, but with the possibility of great reward and fulfillment at the end. Rick Casner from the Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) joins us today to walk through the process, specifically to discuss starting a gunsmithing shop! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making […]

Primal Rights PrimeWhere Depth Checker

Primal Rights’ new PrimeWhere Depth Checker will help you get an accurate measurement of primer seating depth — no more guessing! This pairs nicely with the Primal Rights Competition 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 […]

Considerations when Loading Hunting Ammo

You’ve made that careful stalk, gotten within range and selected your animal. The crosshairs are steady. You press the trigger and “click!” Ears and tails come up, hoofbeats sound, and they’re gone. Sighing in disappointment, you try to figure out what went wrong. Make sure your ammo is perfect for your hunting trip!  Here are […]

NEW: XLR C-6 Buttstock (In-Depth)

Earlier this year we tested the XLR Envy Pro Chassis System complete with XLR’s C-6 buttstock. We promised an in-depth video and test of the new buttstock then – 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 […]

CANCELLED: Guy’s Dream Africa Hunt

We’ve had a lot of questions about my planned South African plains game hunt. Here’s why it didn’t happen.  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 […]

6.5 PRC with Berger 144gr Hybrid Target Bullets

We’ve done a lot of work with the 6.5 PRC cartridge, including a lightweight rifle build, testing the Bergara Wilderness HMR, and a variety of other projects. This time, we took a closer look at the Berger 144 grain 6.5 mm Long Range Hybrid Target Bullet.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: […]

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 […]

Quick Look: Cole-TAC Ammo Novel

Looking for a compact way to store your bolt-gun ammo? Check out the Ammo Novel from Cole-TAC.  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) […]

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 […]

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