This New Cartridge Is Actually Cheaper Than I Thought
Usually it seems when a new cartridge hits the market prices are through the roof. It’s actually exciting to see that manufacture like Winchester and now Federal Ammunition are offering factory loaded ammo for about the same cost of 9mm steel case. As of right now we can buy Winchester’s Plinking 147gr Ammo for under 10$ HERE
It seems as Federal Ammunition jumped on the wagon and is now offering their famous Power Point, Soft Point and Fusion line of loaded ammo. Federal also announced Federal’s Custom Shop. Shooters can order ammo custom loaded to their specifications. This is awesome to see, especially for this cartridge and the PLETHORA of projectiles to choose from.
Case Mouth Indexed – The Importance of Trim Length
This cartridge indexes off the case mouth like many auto loaded pistol cartridges. Though SAAMI spec’s give a general idea of what your chamber length and measurements should be, one should really find the exact measurements of their rifle/firearm. Here’s an awesome article from Accurate Shooter to make a simple DIY gauge DIY Chamber Length Gauge.
I bet many didn’t “NOE” that NOE Bullet Molds makes some awesome tools for this as well as other tools for reloading. Chamber Length Buttons help with this exact measurement and are cheap. Basically, neck size a fire-formed piece of brass, then trim to MIN SAAMI spec. Now barely seat the Chamber Length Button and lock down the bolt / slam the BCG home.
Setting up the Lee Dies Properly
To a seasoned reloader this may not be something new, however I see many folks discard or replace the Lee Lock Rings mostly because the O-ring makes it hard to adjust the lock ring. I’m personally a believer that free-floating increases accuracy and these lock rings are a simple engineered design that I think makes it better than the others. The video below will go over the proper setup of these dies as well as a breakdown of this new die set