The Range Squirrel


Another Harbor Freight Tumbler Success

A few days ago I posted a couple pictures on Discord of the 4″ PVC extended drum wet tumbler I was putting together following Tree Top Flier’s recent updated video. One of the details he pointed out was the interrupters The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns […]
Redneck Brass Prep Center 3.0

Redneck Brass Prep Center 3.0

I bring my DIY brass prep center to it’s conclusion. Could or should I have just bought a commercial solution like the Frankford Arsenal? Maybe, but I already had a World Finest Trimmer before the Frankford Arsenal unit with the universal trimmer came to market. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but […]

Redneck Brass Prep Center 2.0

Just over a year ago I posted my meager attempt at an all-in-one brass prep center based off of a Little Crow Gun Works World’s Finest Trimmer.  Although a qualified (It worked) success, it lacked much elegance and left brass all over my bench. A catch tray and later a strategically placed vacuum cleaner hose […]

Reduced Power .380 Loads

I spent some time today developing some reduced power loads for my wife who is recoil sensitive. I do it in Ladder Load fashion, but I’m going down the ladder to the point of malfunction instead of the usual upward direction. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ […]

Light For Caliber Projectiles

Before Christmas my wife went into Academy to buy me a couple boxes of bullets as stocking stuffers, she is an encourager of my endeavors. She knew I load and shoot 9mm, and knew I had trays of Hornady bullets over my bench, but not what weights. The retail droid at Academy pointed her to […]

Lee Auto Drum Powder Measure Binding Fix

While developing a load with Titegroup I ran into issue with my Lee Auto Drum Powder Measure binding causing the action rod to bend when at low charge weights. Here’s the workaround I came up with to quickly ease the binding. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ […]

Stage 1.5 Brass Annealing

Most of what I have done on my journey down the rabbit hole of reloading has been done on a constrained budget. I often see a product or someone else’s project and think, “I can do that!” A brass annealer is one such project in my sights. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since […]

I Killed The Chrono … Learn From My Mistake

I've been mostly missing of late, making a living often gets in the way of living. But working over-time has afforded me to pick up a few things, one of them is a chronograph. A Competition Electronics ProChrono DLX with built in bluetooth to be exact. I also picked up a 3rd gen iPad from a co-worker for $50.

Everglades 223 62gr Version 2 Load Development – A Dilemma

At my last posting I had put together some ladder loads for BLC(2), CFE223 and Varget powders for the 223 62gr Everglades FMJs. With the hot weather behind me I set in cranking out rounds until I was out of powder. No problem, I'll just stop by the new Academy and pickup a pound of Varget which had produced my most accurate load to date. Except Academy did not have Varget, they didn't have an empty bin location for Varget either. Let the mental gymnastics begin. Let's see, what else is popular for 223 that I haven't experimented with?
Redneck Brass Prep Center

Redneck Brass Prep Center

This is a work in progress, low budget brass prep station. I hope to approximate a Frankford Arsenal Brass Prep Center ($160) at a lower cost. I already have a World’s Finest Trimmer, so I do not need that functionality of the Frankford Arsenal unit. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, […]

Packaging Reloaded Ammunition

Before I ever pulled the press lever for the first time I listened to many episodes of The Reloading Podcast and watched a great many YouTube videos from some of the fine authors now on this network. A big Thank You to all of you, you got me started in the right direction. The Range […]
Secure Data Destruction On Hard Drives

Secure Data Destruction On Hard Drives

For quite a few years have been a computer tinkerer, first with my own PCs and then as a micro-business for awhile. In the process of upgrading and repairing computers I acquired a stack of hard drives that had been erased. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ […]

My Second (Non-Standard) AR-15 Build

I had been considering something semiautomatic that could be used for deer or hog hunting. In North Carolina that means .25″ projectile or larger and centerfire. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns until 2011 when I bought my first 9mm pistol. That was soon followed by […]

Saturday Was A Good Day

Saturday morning started off early for me. The last three years I have taken part in "Grace And Clays", an annual fundraiser sporting clays shoot to benefit Grace Baptist Bible College near me in Winston-Salem, NC. So I was on the road early to Hunting Creek Preserves for a hundred rounds of sporting clays, followed by a round of pork barbecue, individual and team awards as well as door prizes.

My First AR-15

About two years ago I built my first AR-15, it was a budget build that I acquired parts for one piece at a time as money permitted. It started with a trip to the barber shop, and then a walk across the street to the gun shop to drool on the glass cases. They had two Anderson lowers for a good price, and given Hillary was leading in the polling numbers, I slapped my CHL and debit card on the counter, completed the paperwork and walked away with the serialized beginning of a rifle.