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Hornady 366 Shotshell Loader – first shells

Ammunition reloading is a process that may seem simple and straight-forward to the seasoned sportsman, but usually involves many challenges at first. I enjoy these challenges, and that was my primary motivation for branching out into shotshell reloading here on Ultimate Reloader. After lots of planning and painful component acquisition delays, I now have completed […]

Preparing for Shotshell Reloading: Components

Just like everyone else right now, I’m having to exercise much patience when shopping for reloading components. Shotshell components are typically much easier to find than some other more popular reloading components (small rifle and pistol primers, 9mm and 22cal projectiles, etc) – but it’s been a challenge to get all geared up for shotshell […]

Versatile Powders: W231 Load Data

Being able to use a single powder for multiple applications is a great benefit. This standardization can allow you to keep your powder measure loaded with the same powder, make bulk powder purchases more equitable, and generally make your life easier. One great example for pistol loaders is Winchester W231 and Hodgdon HP-38 (the same […]

Hornady 366 Shotshell Press – Unboxing

I’m excited to formally kick off shotshell reloading content here on Ultimate Reloader! In this first post, I’ll walk through the unboxing of a Hornady 366 shotshell reloading press. In the included video you’ll experience this unboxing experience along with me for the first time. The Hornady 366 shotshell reloading press was actually introduced as […]

QuickTip: Fast shellplate changes on the RCBS Pro-2000

If you reload for multiple cartridges, chances are you’ll be removing and replacing shellplates quite often. I’ve discovered a fast way to perform shellplate changeovers on the RCBS Pro-2000 and wanted to share with you a QuickTip that will help you speed up shellplate changes. This tip is a simple one- in order to speed […]

Introducing Digital Downloads: Get the full Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Review!

Becoming an expert with all of the popular 5-station reloading presses has been a fun but HUGE project- with approximately 3600 hours invested, over 125 videos published, and 300+ blog posts and pages published here on ultimatereloader.com (all free content)! Today, I’m launching a new service- Ultimate Reloader Digital Downloads. Don’t worry: I’ll continue to […]

Resources: Fundamentals for Super-Accurate Rifle Reloads

Recently I blogged about reloading accurate rifle ammunition: 5 Tips for Reloading Accurate Rifle Ammunition In this blog post I outlined some primary considerations and processes: Start with proven loads and load data Fire form your brass Optimize bullet seating depth Optimize bullet concentricity Experiment I wanted to expand on some of these points by […]

Ultimate Reloader Is Now Turbocharged!

Hello all: In the last year Ultimate Reloader has seen significant growth. Thanks to all of you who come and visit this site! Because of this growth, ultimatereloader.com has outgrown its former hosting setup, and has just been migrated over to a much faster much more scalable infrastructure. Translation: much better performance overall. With this […]

Shotshell Reloading: Coming this Year on Ultimate Reloader!

Hey all, just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be bringing you all some shotshell reloading content this year! I’m still getting things lined up, but I’m really looking forward to trying out a bunch of equipment, experimenting with different types of shot, slugs, powder, primers, hulls, wads, and putting it all […]

Dealing With Reloading Component Shortages

We’re all feeling the squeeze: a volatile political climate related to guns leads to a surge in gun-related purchases, which inevitably leads to reloading component shortages. It can be really disheartening to see bare shelves at the local gun store and “out of stock no backorder” when shopping online. I wanted to take a moment […]

Tips for Preventing Stuck Cases

Excited to get started loading, I grabbed some .223 Remington brass that had been sitting for months since being sprayed down with lube. I prepared to validate my powder charge by running a single cartridge through the RCBS Pro 2000 progressive press. I pulled the lever to size the case, and *POP*, when trying to […]

NWGUN.com / Ultimatereloader.com Response to the NRA Briefing 12/21/2012

From today’s NWGUN.com blog post: We are all affected by the horrible events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families that were affected by this tragedy. Today, the NRA held a press conference where NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre communicated […]

Understanding Different Types of Reloading Presses

Wondering what the differences are between a single-stage press, a turret, and a progressive press? Wondering what type of press would be best for you to start off with or upgrade to? In this video, I give a quick overview of each type of press, and talk about the high-level differences. This is as close […]

Some Case Lube Products I’ve Used

Reloading ammunition involves forming brass. Forming brass involves a lot of force and friction- this makes case lube a vital part of the reloading equation. Now, talk to a motorsports enthusiast about engine oils, and you’ll get opinions: strong ones. Likewise, when discussing case lubes, you’ll get passionate opinions as well. It’s not surprising people […]

Quick Tip: Indexing Your Dies

If you are reloading rifle ammunition on a progressive reloading press, you just may be one of those “attention to detail” kind of guys. Rifle reloaders tend to be a bit obsessive about their reloading supplies, equipment, and processes. But some times we overlook the simple details that can make a difference. If you’re loading […]

Poll: What pistol dies do you like most?

One of the most important components when loading pistol ammunition is the dies that are used. Different die sets offer different features and finishes, so selecting the right dies can be a difficult purchasing decision for sure! So, please take a moment and let us all know what dies you prefer, and please leave a […]

Dreams of loading the big 50

Everyday shooting is fun, but some times I just want to experience something extreme- something that few people experience. When it comes to rifle shooting, the big 50 BMG definately falls into this category. What’s so exciting about the 50 BMG? (Doesn’t take much imagination, but I’ll elaborate none the less ๐Ÿ™‚ ). The 50 […]

Hornady Lock-N-Load AP: Overview Part II

In my last post, I included a video covering some of the basic features of the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP progressive 5-station reloading press. In this post, I’ll finish the overview of this reloading press with another video covering the case feed system, and demonstrating the press in operation. I wanted to mention again that I’m […]

Hornady Lock-N-Load AP: Overview Part I

Well, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be publishing a full review of the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP in Northwest Gun Magazine Issue #1! I decided that since the last overview video I shot for the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP was uploaded over 4 years ago, it was time for a refresh! In this two part series […]

Range Results: AR-308 rifle – getting close to goal

Hey everyone- I’ve had quite a few inquiries as to how the range results are looking for the AR-308 project rifle. I didn’t set a formal accuracy goal for the project, but I would like to see consistent ~0.5″ groups at 100 yards. This involves shooting skills, load development, and time. This last week, I […]

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