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  1. Hornady Iron Press 6 Month Review

    Hornady Iron Press 6 Month Review by Greg Ritchie It’s been Just over 6 months since I traded my RCBS Summit portable "reloading kit in a bucket" for the Hornady Iron. Bottom line is I like the Hornady Iron a lot. First a look at the disadvantages of the Hornady Iron. Cost is considered to be one, and it is expensive, but compared to other "target single stage" presses, the cost is in line, if on the high side. A quick look at an online vendor shows the Hornady Iron at $260. The RCBS...
  2. How Long Will Ammo Last?

    How Long Will Ammo Last? by Kirk Lawson Right now ammunition is in a "seller's market." Ammunition manufacturers are cranking out as much as they can, as fast as they can. And pretty much every last drop of it is selling within days. Some people are new gun owners and trying to buy ammunition in order to supply their new guns. Some are more experienced owners and are trying to maintain their existing supplies while shooting. Some are trying to build up a personal emergency supply in case...
  3. Blackening Blackout Brass

    Blackening Blackout Brass by Kirk Lawson I got a bug to try do something to differentiate my 300 AAC Blackout ammunition so that it was visibly distinct from 5.56 cartridges. I'm certainly not the first, and there have been many others before. The solution which eventually caught my fancy was to blacken the brass for the cartridges. There are several commercial manufacturers but most notable has been Noveske and Sig Sauer. [Noveske 300 AAC Blackout] [Sig Sauer 300 AAC Blackout] After a...
  4. Powder Question

    Powder Question by Greg Ritchie When I was younger I used to rendezvous. I tried to emulate the eastern long hunter. I was young and learned from my elders. Just to share what I learned and what has worked for me in the past. I want to talk about the rifles first. Being of German descent, my family arrived in America in the 1730’s and settled in Pennsylvania, kind of drew my interest in that direction. A rifle brought into this country early was the Jaeger, from Germany, specifically from...
  5. Rambling Thoughts on the Centerline Systems Saw Pouch

    Rambling Thoughts on the Centerline Systems Saw Pouch by Greg Ritchie I was in need of a saw pouch for my Bushcraft bag. I wanted to get my folding saw out of my bag and into an external pouch for convenience and ease of access. A long search found no mass produced pouches like I needed were readily available. I would need to search out a boutique shop. I narrowed my choices to two, and finally settled on Centerline Systems, partly because I could order it in the colors that would match...
  6. Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction

    Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction by "GrumpOlMan" In my 40+ years of reloading and working with firearms I've made my share of mistakes and learned from others . I've been pretty lucky to never be seriously hurt, but I've had a couple close calls! Too many of us get caught up in trying to push performance to the max. thinking it will make the gun more accurate. It usually doesn't! The smart way to try a new load is to start at the low end of recommended charge/ bullet combo. If you don't...
  7. The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the Downfall of Bryco Arms

    The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms by "adam01364" The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms Brandon Maxfield’s father purchased a gun at a pawnshop for self-protection. The Willits California man kept the gun loaded and unsecured in a nightstand drawer. While his father and mother were away, 7-year-old Brandon and a 12-year-old relative found the gun, and their 20-year-old babysitter took it away from them. Unfortunately for all...
  8. How Well Do Pine Cleaners Clean Brass Cases?

    How Well Do Pine Cleaners Clean Brass Cases? by Kirk Lawson Like many ammunition hand-loaders and reloaders, I got into the hobby in order to stretch my ammunition dollar a bit farther. Thus, I am always on the lookout for ways to stretch it just a bit farther. Are there any dime-store products which work just as well as, or better than, the purpose made products? Now, the fact is that brass just needs to be clean and free from defect in order to be reloaded. However, I like my brass to be...
  9. The Remington 572, 870, and 760, the perfect hunting battery?

    The Remington 572, 870, and 760, the perfect hunting battery? by Greg Ritchie A recent conversation had me reminiscing of my earlier times. Life was good to me, I always had enough, but just. Life’s obligations came first. I enjoyed the outdoor sports and used entry level firearms. I developed a like for the inexpensive break barrel single shots that endures to this day. I had a few nice firearms, but by and large, the single shots were what I used. But I always wanted for a nice trio of...
  10. Review: Kel Tec P17

    Review of the Kel Tec P17 by Kirk Lawson One of the most expected new releases in the handgun world is Kel Tec's new .22LR handgun. Coming in slightly larger than their PF9, it uses a proprietary double-column magazine design to load 16 rounds of .22LR in a magazine size that most other manufacturers limit to 10 rounds. This is mostly due to the fact that .22LR is a rimfire design. Another exciting aspect to the new handgun is its price tag. MSRP is $199. As an early adopted, "can't...
  11. Rambling Thoughts About the 350 Legend

    Rambling Thoughts About the 350 Legend by Greg Ritchie I like the 35 caliber. I was at first excited to see a new 35 caliber cartridge enter the market. That interest quickly waned. Why? First, Winchester opted for something other than a .358 bullet. This made absolutely no sense to me. The .358 bullet is the standard for every other 35 caliber rifle round out there. I know, there are 357 Magnum Rifles and they are extremely popular. But they are pistol caliber rifles. They do not attain...
  12. Getting Ready for Groundhogs

    Getting Ready for Groundhogs by Greg Ritchie I recently acquired a Harrington and Richardson Ultra Hunter in 25-06. It is 1998 manufacture. Looks almost new. The only markings on the scope are the parallax markings. It is a fixed power and appears to be about 10x. I once had an extensive collection of the H&R / NEF Handi Rifles, along with the Survivor Rifles. I had just purchased my first of the Classic line and was going to move into the Ultra line when H&R closed shop and became an...
  13. SHOT Show Gear - The Smallest Pistol Laser Ever

    SHOT Show Gear - The Smallest Pistol Laser Ever by Kirk Lawson About the size of a pack of cigarettes (people still smoke those things, right?) and weighing only "about" 10 ounces (how many ounces in a pound again?), the Mini Laser Designator (MLD) is the top of the line in miniaturization. It is, literally, the "smallest laser sighting device available today." When "today" was the 1986 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Reported by Al Pickles in the Combat Handguns magazine...
  14. A Tale of 2 Spirit Stoves

    A Tale of 2 Spirit Stoves by Greg Ritchie This is my Solo Stove. This is a home made stove, a knock off of the Fancy Feast stove. Side by Side The Solo Stove assembled And both of them burning. Advantages of the Solo Stove are it is made of brass, nice looking, seals tight so you can store fuel in the stove. It also stores clean. All the sooty parts are enclosed when it’s packed away. Disadvantage is that there are 5 pieces to keep up with, and the stove costs about $15. Call it...
  15. Definitions - Part 17: Drop Safe

    Definition Series - Part 17: "Drop Safe" by Kirk Lawson The term "Drop Safe" comes up from time to time in the firearms community, particularly in sales and marketing literature. Unfortunately there seems to be confusion about what it means. Beginning from the early days of firearms, there has been a concern that if a firearm is dropped it might discharge. This is obviously a concern. Humans can sometimes be fumble-fingered and the prospect of a firearm discharging a bullet in some random...
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