Category Archives: Hunting

Cleaning Blackpowder Muzzleloading Rifles

Backpowder fouling is different from smokeless powder fouling or metallic bullet fouling. One of the major differences is that smokeless powder almost completely combusts within the barrel leaving just a very light varnish (not water soluble) residue and possibly lead … Continue reading

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Case Strength Differences

It usually surprises me how fundamentally ignorant the shooting public is. Most people never really understand why or how guns go bang. They don’t understand what a case does, how it works, or really anything else beyond the operation of … 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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