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Reloading

6mm Creedmoor Small Primer Peterson Brass

While I shoot a lot of factory ammo (mainly in clients rifles) for the comp gun, where I potentially will be shooting 100 rounds...

Is premium hunting ammo worth it?

Depends, I guess. Do you want to miss less?

Cam-Over on a Reloading Press

Like many things in reloading, Cam-Over is a misunderstood and often misused term. What exactly is 'Camming Over' a press? Do they all do it? Do I need to?

How important is SD in ammunition?

Short version - it's not really going to matter to 800 meters or so. However, those folks going for the fabled 1k, 1-mile targets... very much so.

Reloading, Handloading, what’s the difference?

While the terms Reloading and Hand Loading are often interchanged, they really is a difference in the two. It's the sort of thing that only matters to those it matters two, and then, those people are likely to be hand loading.

Evaluating your reloads – OCW Load Testing

People reload their own cartridges for a variety of reasons. For some it is financial, some it is because you can't source the ammunition any other way and for some because they want to maximise the performance of their firearm.

Shooting Units: The Grain

A grain, as a unit of measurement is equal to 64.79891 milligrams, or 0.06479891 grams. 16 grains is just under 1 gram. The unit originally comes the Bronze Age - where a grain of wheat or barley was considered a legal definition of mass.

Shooting Units: Understanding caliber

I was talking to someone on the weekend regarding sizing and different calibers. Trying to explain caliber sizing to someone who knows little about firearms can be a bit of a challenge - mainly because it really isn't a standard convention anymore. I thought I would put together a short article on how, why and the differences in naming calibers.

Annealing Made Perfect

The Annealing Made Perfect machine is a new(ish) New Zealand made unit that bridges the gap between home annealing and factory/lab systems.

Digital Powder Scales

Five factors that affect your reloading scales accuracy

The Misleading Case of Expander Balls and Neck Concentricity

Are you potentially chasing your own tail when it comes to neck concentricity?

Lab Radar, OBT Testing and a sunburn!

I am always keen to develop and test new methods of load development. Anything I can do to speed up the process of finding optimal loads - it means less component use and more time to practise my shooting and confirm ballistics and less testing loads.

Optimising your VLD Bullet accuracy – seating depth

The new generation of VLD (very low drag) projectiles have brought with them more accuracy, and more requirements to optimise. It won't be new to shooters that bullets have a sweet spot when it comes to seating depth. For a long time F-Class and BR shooters have been 'jamming the lands' - setting seating depth out long enough where the bearing surface is actually touching (or even slightly pushed into) the throat of the rifling. Minimising jump eeks out the final bit of performance.

Matching twist rate and bullet weight in rifles.

The are many benefits to understanding and matching the twist rate of your barrel with the projectile weight you are using. Primarily, accuracy.

Comparing load testing methods.

Cause, you know, might as well find more excuses to shoot!

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