Tag: Deer Hunting

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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 […]

What Rifle Action is Best for Hunting (Bolt, Semi, Pump, Lever, Single-Shot)?

When many think of a hunting rifle, they first think of a bolt action. Are other action types viable for hunting? Absolutely!  Bolt action rifles can be excellent for a wide range of hunting, but they’re not the only rifle type in the hunting fields. Rifle types vary by individual choice, region, family or cultural […]

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 […]

Loading PRECISION 308 Hunting Ammunition (MEC Marksman)

Can hunting ammo be as accurate as match ammo? Let’s find 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, ammunition reloading data, technical articles, gunsmithing and other information) is for demonstration purposes only. […]

What bolt action hunting rifle for just under $900.00 ?

My youngest son John has been hunting for 20 years, using a nearly 50-year-old 6mm Remington and a 100-plus-year-old 30-06 rifle! He’s done well with them, but mentioned that he’d like a rifle better suited for long range use, on game up to the size of an elk out to 500 yards.I told him I’d […]

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 […]

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: Ultra-Light Weight: MDT HNT 26 Chassis (6.5 PRC)

When I saw the MDT HNT26 Ultra-Light-Weight hunting chassis at SHOT show this year, I couldn’t believe how light it was! I finally got my hands on this lightweight chassis system, so in this story we are going to get it set up with the ultra lightweight 6.5 PRC, and put it to work! Disclaimer […]

Loading 30-06 for Africa with Hornady 165gr CX Bullets

After years, actually decades, spent dreaming of Africa, I’ve finally booked a trip. Since then, I’ve been actively preparing for my South African  dream hunt for gemsbok, kudu, wildebeest, and other African antelope collectively referred to as plains game. I’ve chosen my 30-06 rifle to accompany me on this adventure.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / […]

In-Depth: Henry X Model 30-30 Tactical Lever Action

Here at Ultimate Reloader, surrounded by precision bolt action rifles and fast firing semi-automatic and automatic firearms, we found ourselves eagerly awaiting the delivery of our first Henry lever action rifle, the X Model 30-30. Last year we had stories on two traditional lever action rifles, a 45-70 and a 30-30. Shooting those rifles and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Loading the 25-06 Hunting Loads with the MEC Marksman Press

We’re going step-by-step on how to handload reliable and accurate 25-06 hunting cartridges on the MEC Marksman single stage press. 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 […]

NEW: Bergara MGLite 6.5 Creedmoor with CURE Carbon Barrel

Today Bergara announced a new carbon technology called “CURE”. As a part of this announcement, Bergara has debuted a new ultralight rifle called “MGLite” that features a  CURE carbon barrel! In this story, we’ll get hands-on with the MG Lite chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. *Correction- the 20 MOA picatinny scope rail shown in this video […]

Hunting -vs- Match Bullets Part 2: Down-Range Velocity

Wondering how match bullets and hunting bullets compare for hunting applications? In this “part 2” story, we’ll expand on the muzzle velocity 6.5 Creedmoor testing we did in the first story. This time we’ll look at How Hornady’s 140 grain ELD-M Match bullet and their 143 grain ELD-X hunting bullets perform in ballistic gel at […]

Father / Son Deer Hunt: 6mm Remington + 30-06

Written by Guy Miner. A father and a son, a 6mm Remington and a 30-06, and two mule deer taken! That’s what you call a successful deer hunt. To find out more about how things went down, read on! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video […]

What? Fast 308 Winchester Loads?

This story was written by Guy Miner A fast 308 – who ever needed that? What started out as a search for a low-recoil hunting load ended up as a flat shooting deer load, with great accuracy and high velocity. In this story, we get into it! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal […]

Match -vs- Hunting bullets Head-To-Head (6.5 Creedmoor)

6.5 Creedmoor hunting vs match bullet in Ballistic gel This article was written by Travis Fox Should you hunt with match bullets? There’s a lot of noise on this issue. With all the talk, we wanted to get some hard evidence for our audience. Our Clear Ballistics Gel Blocks just arrived, so we put 2 […]

High-Velocity 7mm Rem Mag Loads with IMR Enduron Powders

7mm Rem Mag is a VERY popular hunting cartridge, and for good reasons! With this cartridge you get more velocity compared to 300 Win Mag, and less recoil as well. With enough power to stop almost any game animal in North America, it’s hard to go wrong with this powerful “platform”. In this article, we’ll […]

Budget Reloading with Lyman Gear

This article was written by Guy Miner. Here on Ultimate Reloader we showcase some very sophisticated, high end handloading equipment. But, do all reloaders need such expensive gear? Guy say’s no. That’s right – I’m primarily a hunter these days and am content loading about 50 cartridges for each of the rifles my son and […]

TESTED: Leupold Mark 5HD 7-35x56mm Riflescope (Part 2)

We are back with part two of this two-part story featuring the Leupold Mark 5 HD Riflescope! In part one, we covered unboxing, features, installation, and bedding the rings to the scope tube. The Mark 5HD has 32 variations, ours being the 7-35x56mm version with the Leupold proprietary CCH reticle. For this  story, we’ll pick […]

Is 30-06 Boring for Big Game Hunting? (Results)

Written by Guy Miner I often hear from other hunters that they don’t like the 30-06 cartridge because it’s “boring.” Well, they must have a different definition of the word, for I find it to be an exemplary hunting cartridge with an impressive track record. Leaving out the two world wars, Korea, some of Vietnam […]

45-70: Intro to Reloading and Shooting (Marlin 1895 Lever Gun)

Written by contributing author, Guy Miner. In this story, Gavin introduces Guy to the MEC Marksman press! Guy introduces Gavin to the Marlin 1895 rifle and the 45-70 cartridge. It was quite a change using a blunt nose 350 grain rifle bullet. The rifle and cartridge have been in use for a long time and […]

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