Targets For Load Testing

Targets For Load Testing

Make sure the feedback from your handloads is right on.

It doesn’t really do us much good to build a bunch of precise handloads for our new rifle or handgun, and then shoot at targets poorly suited to the scope or sights. Probably the worst target for testing handload accuracy is the traditional bull’s-eye, a black circle with scoring rings, but they still appear at ranges all the time.

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Shot Selection For Bird Hunting

Shot Selection For Bird Hunting

Handloading Gives The Hunter More Options In Yypes And Weight Of Shot.

The big motivation for shotshell reloading used to be economics, especially for target shooters who couldn’t afford thousands of practice rounds a year without reloading. These days, however, 20- and 12-gauge shells can be purchased almost as cheaply as you can load ’em. Why spend the time to reload when you can just pick up lead-shot practice ammo for $5 a box?

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Fireforming Brass

Fireforming Brass

An Important Technique For A Handloader To Learn.

Cartridge brass is about 70-percent copper and 30-percent zinc, a relatively low-cost alloy that’s easily softened (annealed) by heating or hardened by “working” to enhance certain characteristics. The relatively thick head of the case is left work-hardened after manufacturing to contain pressures, but the front end of the case is annealed to remain more flexible. This flexibility helps the neck hold a bullet firmly, and also allows the thin walls of the case to expand during firing, sealing the chamber against gas blowback, then contract slightly after pressure drops to allow extraction.

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