12 Gauge Shotshell Resizing Die About a month ago I teased some of the new tools I started working on late last year, including a die and accessories for reloading 12 gauge shotshells on a conventional metallic cartridge press. In scenarios where you’re using your own powder measure, trickler, specialty components and roll crimper to […]
Prototype Shotshell Hull Trimmer I thought today I’d write a brief update on one of my 2019 projects, a handheld shotshell hull trimmer. After testing many, many different iterations I’m happy to report that the final prototype has arrived from the factory, and it works great. Construction The trimmer itself is constructed from stainless steel, […]
This is the first time I've tried casting with one of my new ASM moulds, and it did not disappoint. It's lightweight, well-built and incredibly easy to use. Pin-extraction is a dream, and once it's hit operating-temperature, it runs flawlessly.
ASM Premium Russian Slug Moulds A couple years ago while perusing eBay, I happened across some slug moulds by Russian manufacturer Svarog and decided give them a try. Since then, Russian slug moulds have become increasingly popular with western casters. Ever since, I’ve been actively searching for other interesting tools that may appeal to reloaders […]
TRN Shotshell Hull Vise If you’re a serious shotshell reloader, chances are you’ve found yourself wishing for an extra pair of hands at one time or another. Trimming, or roll crimping hulls can be a challenge, even more-so if you’re a perfectionist striving for truly professional looking shells. For jobs like these, you’re going to […]
It’s been a while since my last post, and I’ve started receiving a lot of questions about the delays between them, so I thought I’d take a couple minutes and update folks on what I’ve been working on. Winter and early Spring can be pretty cold here, so I don’t generally do a lot of […]
Lee's Deluxe Power Quick Trim kit provides unmatched value for dollar. It's fast enough to be suitable for intermediate volume reloaders, but cheap enough that you won't feel guilty investing in one.
Svarog Paradox Slug Mould Late last year I wrote about the Russian ‘Zveroboy’ slug mould by Svarog. As Winter tends to be my reloading season, I thought it might be interesting to review another one I’ve been working with a lot lately; the Paradox. Construction Like the other Svarog models I’ve seen, the Paradox is […]
I've been hard at work designing, prototyping, and testing four new punches to produce full-sized wads for 20G and .410 bore, as well as filler wads and overshot cards for both of these.
When it comes to quality-made shotguns at affordable prices, it's pretty hard to beat a Mossberg. Models such as the 88, 500 and 590 have a large and dedicated fan base, and it's not difficult to imagine why. But as respected as these scatter-guns are, they're not without their detractors. Without a doubt, the number one gripe you'll hear about them is the much-maligned 'Mossberg Rattle.'
In my last article, we reviewed a simple experiment I performed to evaluate the usefulness of hydrogen peroxide and bleach as additives for clarifying and preserving ballistic gel. While crude, this initial batch of testing quickly showed hydrogen peroxide works. In this article I'll be discussing a much larger series of tests I performed to determine the best concentration for clarity, as well as other ways to extend the shelf-life of this gel.
Recently I published an article on making FBI-grade ballistic gelatin at home, to assist in ammunition testing and development. Although the consistency of the finished product was excellent, I believe there's still room for improvement. Beginning with the transparency, I'd like to see if I can increase this, particularly with large diameter blocks. Likewise, as an organic compound, ballistic gel can spoil-- currently the shelf-life is about three weeks, but I'm confident that can be addressed as well.
Recently I picked up a Mossberg 500 3-Barrel combo shotgun for use with my ammunition testing and development. It's a very unique package that includes two smoothbore barrels, a rifled barrel, as well as a full set of chokes. Designed as an all-in-one solution for hunters, this package includes just about everything you'll need for a variety of different game, from fowl to fauna, at an unbeatable price.
Recently the Full.Lead.Taco channel hosted a 'Tacopocalypse' challenge, wherein competitors were tasked with casting and reloading their own ammunition, using only a minimum of technology. Although I wasn't able to participate myself, it did get me thinking about other ways to smelt wheel-weights and cast bullets besides using my electric burner. Ever since I read an article about Rocketstoves, I've been interested in building one, so this seemed like a pretty good excuse.
I've wanted to test a number of different ammunition types with ballistics gel to see how they performed, but the day that I pay between $150-$250 for Jello is the day I find another hobby. With that in mind, I spent an afternoon experimenting and was finally able to come up with a gel recipe that works.
Back in 2017 I was perusing eBay when I happened upon a new series of slug moulds made by a Russian company called Svarog. Being a huge fan of shotgun slugs, I immediately ordered each of the three styles they had for sale, and I've been meaning to review them ever since. As the outdoor shooting season can be pretty short here, it's taken me a while, but I've finally had an opportunity to test them out. In this article we're going to take a look at the first of them, the Zveroboy 12 (model ZVR).
Birdshot may be among the cheapest shotgun ammunition, but it still adds up-- particularly if you use less popular gauges like 16G, 28G or 410. Setting aside the obvious financial benefits, reloading your own shells also gives you the ability to produce a shell that's right for you; whether that's a low-recoil round to spare yourself an aching shoulder, or high-velocity ammunition for long distance shots.
12 Gauge Shotshell Full-Size Wad Punch – New Model Available! Super quick update folks; I’ve received a large number of requests for a modified version of my filler wad/overshot card punch to produce full-sized 12G wads that can be used in place of a conventional plastic shotshell wad. I know there are still a lot of […]
One of the oldest tricks in the shotshell reloader's book is 'Loading by weight.' Although somewhat contentious in modern literature, this reloading method remains a very popular way to design new loads where no other data exists.
A while back I was perusing Ballistic Products' website when I happened across a shotshell additive they produce called Mica Wad Slick. Wad Slick is marketed as reducing friction between the wad, hull, and bore-- making it easier to load tightly packed shells, and increasing shotshell velocity. Being as I develop and a load a ton of custom shotshells, I decided to add some to my order and give it a whirl.
Back in late 2017 I began work on a press-mounted tool for punching my own shotshell filler wads and overshot cards. After an initial prototype and two revisions, I'm happy to report it's finally complete, and in production. Today I'm going to walk you through the final version, including the features and construction, as well as an explanation of how it works.
Believe it or not, it's been 12 months since we cast a batch of air-cooled and water-quenched bullets for the series on lead hardness testing. With a solid year's worth of results, I'm really excited to see what's taken place with our alloy.
It's faster, better built, more ergonomic, and above all more consistent than any other trimmer I've used before. Although pricey, it includes every bushing, collet and bit you'll ever need, so you know exactly what it's costing you without any surprises. Best of all, it includes everything you'd find on a standard case prep station, plus the trimmer, effectively combining two tools into one.
Depending on how new you are to reloading, you may have heard people talking about case trimming and found yourself wondering what all the hubub's about. In its simplest terms, case trimming can be described as the process of removing material from cartridge casings to reduce them to a uniform length.