Category Archives: Guns

Slugging a barrel

Slugging a barrel is the process of pushing a soft, lead round ball through rifled barrel to determine the precise internal dimensions. Usually modern firearms hold very tight barrel tolerances. I suspect that even the least expensive barrels made today … Continue reading

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Cartridge conversion: from 30-30 to 357 Herrett

A more detailed account of my brief description earlier… Cartridge conversion is viewed by some as difficult and hardly worth the time. I think it is worthwhile, especially for someone fairly experienced with reloading, because it is really just an … Continue reading

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357 Herrett Compared

357 Herrett is a “wildcat” cartridge developed in the early 1970s by Steve Herrett and Bob Mileck and eventually standardized by Thompson/Center for their Contender pistol. In this platform it is an ideal medium to large game cartridge and it … Continue reading

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The Contender

There is a certain elegance to single shot firearms. They do not involve complicated and noisy actions to cycle cartridges in and out; in fact they do not really have an “action” at all, and this allows for fewer design … Continue reading

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The all-purpose load

Earlier I detailed both a “heavy-weight” 30-30 load, using 170 grain bullets, and a “light-weight” load using 100 grain bullets. The problem with this arrangement is that the point of impact shifts within the intended ranges. This is an effect … Continue reading

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Deer Hunting Accoutrements

Most men (women seem to be better about this) seem to obsess over firearms and ammunition when it comes to deer hunting, including myself. The truth is that there are many effective firearm-ammunition combinations for deer in the Eastern US. … Continue reading

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Muzzleloaders for Deer Hunting

Most states have a special season for hunting deer with muzzleloaders, usually following the modern firearm season, whereas archery season usually precedes the modern firearm season. Since muzzleloader hunting is more challenging due to range limitations and usually only getting … Continue reading

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