Tag: Hodgdon Varget

Reloading 223 / 5.56 From A to Z

223 Remington and 5.56 NATO rifles span a wide variety of uses and scenarios. Reloading for 223 / 5.56 is very much worthwhile, but there are some special considerations to think about before you head to your reloading bench. We’ll cover the entire process from planning to loading in this story! 223 -vs- 5.56 Ammunition […]

TESTED: Forster Bench Rest Powder Measure

When you’re loading precision ammunition, measuring powder charges is both critical to good accuracy, and time consuming. So it’s important to select the right powder measure with the right features. Forster has re-introduced their Bench Rest Powder Measure, and in this story, we’ll take a hands-on look! About the Forster Bench Rest Powder Measure The […]

TESTED: Hodgdon Varget Smokeless Powder

There are some powders that are noteworthy for both their performance, and their versatility. When it comes to rifle powders, the first one that comes to my mind to fit these criteria is Hodgdon Varget. In this article, we’ll go “in-depth” with Varget, including a look under the microscope! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making […]

30 Cal RUSSIAN -VS- 308 (Differences Explained)

Have you ever compared cartridges like 7.62x39mm and 308 Winchester and thought to yourself: What is up with 0.308″ -vs- 0.312″ ??? I definitely have! In this article I’ll look at the differences between these two caliber conventions (30 cal Russian versus 308) and talk about interoperability between the two for reloading. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader […]

TESTED: Winchester StaBALL 6.5 Creedmoor-Class Powder

Finding the right powder for your load can involve compromises. Powder burn rate, metering, and temperature sensitivity are examples of variables that may translate to compromises based on your reloading equipment and load/cartridge. With newer powders like Winchester StaBALL 6.5, those compromises are becoming less of an issue. In this article, we’ll explore this recent […]

Breaking: Hodgdon Powder Company Acquires Multiple Brands

Exciting news today! Hodgdon Powder Company has announced that they are acquiring multiple powder brands, including smokeless powders, and more! Here’s the full press release: Press Release October 1, 2020 Hodgdon Powder Company Acquires Ramshot Powder, Accurate Powder and Blackhorn 209 from Western Powders Hodgdon Powder Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of the […]

MEC Bench Top Powder Measure: King of Capacity

MEC Makes great reloading equipment. Many families have loaded shotshells on MEC equipment for generations. But in the last few years, MEC has offered a whole new lineup of metallic reloading equipment with the MEC Marksman press at center stage. In the next couple stories I’ll be using some of the accessories and other MEC […]

Light Up the Sky: Reloading and Shooting .308 Tracers

Since I was a boy I’ve been drawn to fire and fireworks. To me, the 4th of July wasn’t just a day of celebrating, it was an entire week of improvisational pyrotechnical “experiences”. Fast forward from 1985 to 2017, and I’m still just as excited about fire and destruction. So when friend Jim Findlay recently […]

5 Tips for Reloading Accurate Rifle Ammunition

There are many reasons to handload your own rifle ammunition. It’s fun, it’s economical, and you can attain maximum accuracy by carefully loading custom ammunition for your rifle. If you’re new to handloading rifle ammunition, here are some basic considerations for accuracy: Start with proven loads and load data Fire form your brass Optimize bullet […]




Reloading Safety

Polls