Category: TESTED

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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: […]

AMP Press: SW Update, Neck Brushing Experiment

Annealing Made Perfect just released software updates for the AMP press — here’s a hands-on 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) is […]

German Precision: Anschutz Benchrest 54.18 Rifle

We’ve become big fans of Anschutz, a premier rifle manufacturer known for its incredibly accurate rimfire models. We’ve covered the Anschutz 22LR 1710 Competition, but I wanted something from the benchrest world I could test tuners, silencers and rimfire ammunition with. The Anschutz 54.18 match BR50-U7 is the answer.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making […]

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 […]

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 […]

30 Cal Muzzle Brake Shootout: 9 Brakes Compared Head-To-Head!

This time we put nine 30 cal muzzle brakes to the test on the Ultimate Reloader high-tech recoil rig. Want to see what we found 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, […]

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 […]

TESTED: SRS Ti Brakes (Recoil Shootout)

If you want to reduce recoil on your lightweight hunting rifle, you’re going to want to check out the titanium muzzle brakes from Salmon River Solutions. In this story, we’ll look at recoil reduction using the Ultimate Reloader recoil rig! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching […]

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 […]

Area 419 Maverick Recoil Quantified! (7 configurations)

Ever wonder exactly how much shooting suppressed affects recoil? We put the Area 419 fully modular Maverick suppressor to the test on our recoil rig and got some surprising results.  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 […]

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 […]

TESTED: Berger 156 gr. EOL Elite Hunter Ammunition

Looking for an edge? If you’re a 6.5 PRC hunter or enthusiast, Berger’s 156 Extreme Outer Limits (EOL) grain factory ammunition can help you push the limits of your equipment.  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 […]

Henderson V3 Case Trimmer: Unboxing, Overview, Setup, Trimming

I’ve recently partnered with Henderson Precision and have been very impressed with their Gen 3 power case trimmer. In this story I’ll cover unboxing, overview, setup, and trimming some 6 Dasher brass! 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: BANISH 30 Multi-Cal Suppressor from Silencer Central

Ultimate Reloader has recently partnered with Silencer Central. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the BANISH 30 suppressor in various configurations and with multiple calibers. In traditional Ultimate Reloader style, we’re also collecting and analyzing some specifications and data.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching […]

XLR Envy Pro Chassis System In-Depth

Here at Ultimate Reloader, we are huge fans of XLR chassis. We’ve used several pre-installed factory offerings from Bergara and Anschutz as well as included some in rifle builds. New to us is XLR’s Envy Pro billet aluminum chassis, a feature-rich choice with many different options to choose from.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making […]

AR500 Steel Targets from Caldwell

Who doesn’t love the sound of hitting steel? Caldwell makes a variety of AR500 targets to satisfy that craving.  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 […]

Caldwell Ballistic Precision LR Target Camera System

Manual target camera systems can be taxing, especially when shooting far distances. Over the years, the Ultimate Reloader team has used a variety of target camera systems to capture targets under fire, and provide immediate feedback without leaving the firing line. Today, we add the Caldwell Ballistic Precision LR Target Camera System to the mix.  […]

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 […]

Rimfire Results: Anchutz 1710 Compeition with EC Barrel Tuner

Struggling to find centerfire primers? We’ve got another way to shoot small groups – .22 LR tuners! 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) […]

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: MDT Gen 2 CKYE-POD Triple Pull

I’ve been a fan and user of the MDT CKYE-POD since it first came out and have been desperate to test the MDT Gen 2 CKYE Triple-Pull Bipod. Here we take a closer look at its capabilities for both small and large calibers.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this […]

EXTREME Powder Temperature Testing: Varget -vs- TAC

Temperature affects powder and velocity— but how much? Take a look at our extreme temperature testing for answers.  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 […]

Ultimate Reloader CMMG AR Recap

CMMG is updating their full line of AR’s, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to “look back” at my CMMG AR stories before looking towards new experiences with the refreshed lineup. Today I’ll walk you through each of Ultimate Reloader’s CMMG ARs, what I’ve done with each, and why I like each […]

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