TheIdahoanShow

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Alien Competitor Project Proposal

In this video, I proposed to partner with a manufacturing firm in order to develop a more budget-friendly competitor to the Laugo Alien race-built pistol. This might be an impossible long-shot, but I figure there’s no harm in pitching the idea. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more […]
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09:40

Tactical Relevance of the Fast Draw

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 […]

Homebrew Case Lube: Sulfurized Canola Oil

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 […]
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15:36

Destructive Testing of Prototype Muzzleloader

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 […]
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02:06

Barrel Re-Crowning Experiment

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 […]
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04:59

Shotgun Slugs made from Compacted Dirt

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 […]
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03:11

5-gallon Rotary Tumbler made from Salvage Components

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 […]
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03:32

Shooting Star Shotgun Slugs: Third Attempt

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 […]
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03:46

Second Shooting Star Shotgun Slug Experiment

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 […]
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04:39

First Shooting Star Shotgun Slug Experiment

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 […]
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06:39

Rifling a Shotgun Barrel

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 […]
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04:55

A Bullet Casting Journey

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 […]
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02:49

Removing Fold-Crimp from Shotshells for Reloading

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 […]
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Ballistic Rope Darts

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 […]
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05:33

Poly Pellets for Powder Coating

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 […]
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05:03

Improvisational Bullet Lubrication

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.
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07:56

Review of Nikko-Stirling NSLX-2 Scope

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. […]
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09:50

Should You Carry Reloads for Self-Defense?

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 […]