I used to think that the “fast draw” was mostly just a notion from the lore of the Olde West, but my thinking on the subject has changed in recent years. I made this video to explain the change in my reasoning and the reason for the ongoing tactical relevance of the fast draw. TheIdahoanShowIdaho […]
One of the most frustrating parts of reloading is when the rim tears off a case, leaving the case stuck in the sizing die. When it happens, this problem is usually attributed to inadequate lubrication of the case. I have used a number of case lube products for sizing brass over the years, but recently […]
In this video, I subjected a prototype muzzleloader to a series of overload scenarios to see what would happen and determine the margin of safety on the recommended loads. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still […]
In this video, I shot a group with a Remington 700 rifle chambered in 25-06, then re-crowned the rifle on my lathe and shot another group with the same ammo to see if changing from the rounded shorter crown to a flat recessed target crown would have any affect on accuracy. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of […]
This video documents my experiments with making shotgun slugs by compacting “loess” clay in a hydraulic press, mixed with a little powder coating powder to act as a binder. The slugs didn’t end up working very well, but it was an interesting experiment, and it is possible that something like this might find certain niche […]
In this video, I present and discuss a large rotary tumbler that I built using mostly salvage materials that I was able to get free or very cheaply. Although the video focusses on the tumbler design and doesn’t really go into its uses, tumblers like this have a variety of applications in reloading, ranging from […]
This video shows my third iteration on the “shooting star” shotgun slug concept. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of self-reliance. As host of TheIdahoanShow on YouTube, I endeavor to produce […]
I modified my original “shooting star” slug mold in hopes of improving performance, and made a video about testing the modified slugs. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of self-reliance. As […]
This was the first iteration on my experimental “shooting star” shotgun slug design. It didn’t work very well, but it was still an interesting experiment. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit […]
This video provides an overview of how I rifled a smoothbore 12-gage barrel blank to make a rifled barrel for my shotgun and documents some initial testing of the new rifled barrel. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture […]
I spent the better part of several months conducting a series of experiments aimed at improving the quality of my home-cast lead bullets and identifying which parameters of bullet casting actually have the greatest impact on bullet performance. I wrote up the results of my experimentation in the following document: A Bullet Casting Journey .pdf […]
Have you ever wanted to load up some custom 12-gage slug rounds or other roll-crimped shotshells, and discovered that the only empty hulls you had on hand were previously-fired shells that still have star-shaped mouths from a previous fold-crimp? Here is my work-around for rectifying this situation. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US […]
The concept of a ballistic rope dart is relatively simple: the projectile consists of a solid metal core with a length of rope or cord attached to the base. For loading, the rope is wound around the core, so that the windings act as a temporary sabot. After the projectile leaves the barrel, the windings […]
Powder coating has become the new standard in preventing cast bullets from leading your barrel. In order to powder-coat large-caliber handgun bullets by the “shake and bake” method, it is often necessary to employ a buffer media of some kind, and most people seem to use airsoft pellets for this purpose. However, I discovered a […]
I wanted to lube some cast bullets with traditional wax-based lube for a comparison of lubrication methods, but I didn't have a lubrisizer so I resorted to making my own. After building it, I realized there was a much simpler way to achieve the same result. This video discusses both my homemade lubrisizer and the other method that I discovered after building it.
I bought a Nikko-Stirling NSLX-2 compact rifle scope on OpticsPlanet.com, mostly because (according to the specs on the website) it offered 4X magnification with unlimited eye relief, which would make it a pretty revolutionary scope. It turns out the specs on OpticsPlanet were wrong, and the Nikko Stirling NSLX-2 is basically a piece of junk. […]
Here on The Reloaders Network this might seem like preaching to the choir, but I’ve heard enough misinformation about the issue of carrying handloads for self-defense (sometimes even from certified firearms instructors an other ‘experts’ you would expect to know better) that I felt compelled to make a video discussing the issue and presenting it […]
This video presents the second prototype of an experimental variant of the "standard pattern" muzzleloader equipped with a folding stock.
This video documents some testing I did to get a baseline for shotgun slug performance in my homemade GEFRRSn 12-gage, so that I would have a basis of comparison for testing custom homemade slugs in the future.
This video shows how I made a roll crimping tool for reloading shotgun shells.
In this video, the Idahoan demonstrates his first prototype of a folding-stock muzzleloader concept.
In this video, the Idahoan fires muzzleloader barrels of different lengths across a chronograph and compares the average velocity.
In this video, the Idahoan probes the pin connections for the pushbutton controls on an RCBS Chargemaster electronic powder scale that wouldn't turn on and discusses how he would restore it to functionality before re-assembling the scale and checking its calibration.
In this video, the Idahoan experiments with loading minie balls backwards in a muzzleloading rifle, such that the base cavity acts as a hollow point.