Sharps Straight W

This was the largest of the several case sizes Sharp introduced at the time althought the .45-120 was introduced some years later. Many gun manufacturers have realized the nostalgic value of this cartridge and have begun to chamber some of their rifles for this load. We set the Maximum Average Pressure for our data the same as the .45-70 at 28,000 P.S.I. Please note that a firm crimp is necessary for good powder ignition. Please note that a firm crimp is...

Rigby

This is a proprietary cartridge introduced in 1911 by John Rigby for his magnum action Mauser rifles. Both the rifle and cartridge were well received in Africa where they established an impressive record on dangerous game. The .416 Rigby is a large case. The combination of a large case capacity and a low working pressure reduces the selection of suitable propellants drastically. There is no SAAMI pressure limit for the .416 Rigby. Federal factory ammunition produced 44,000 P.S.I. in our...

XR

The 9.3x74R is a popular cartridge in Germany for single shot, double, and combination guns. Developed early in this century, it is still available in both Austrian and German firearms. The 9.3x74R gained a reputation for reliability on all large game in Africa including elephant. It would be more than adequate for any North American big game. Accurate 4350 is an excellent choice for handloading the 9.3x74R. There is no SAAMI pressure limit for the 9.3x74R. Norma factory ammunition produced...

Mm Remington

The 7mm-08 Remington was originally a wildcat developed for the game of High Power Rifle Metallic Silhouette Shooting. Basically, the .308 Winchester case necked down to accept 7mm caliber bullets, the 7mm-08 will reliably topple rams at 500 meters without excessive recoil. These attributes prompted Remington to introduce the 7mm-08 as a factory cartridge in 1980. After initial rave reviews by members of the gun press, the 7mm-08 Remington was almost forgotten. It has maintained a niche in the...

What Is Recoil

Webster's dictionary defines recoil as to fall back under pressure, or in the instance of a firearm the action of recoiling, or the kickback of a gun upon firing. Recoil is one of the unpleasant side effects that comes with shooting. In some cases, as with heavy magnum guns and loads, it can be severe, even painful. In other cases, it simply contributes to the shooter's inability to shoot a perfect score through flinch. Recoil can be measured in two ways one in the sense of physics expressed in...

Mm Br Remington

The 6mm BR Remington is one ofseveral cartridges available in the XP-100. Remington developed this cartridge from the popular 7mm BR cartridge case. While the 6mm BR has achieved significant popularity in handgun silhouette competition, it is also an able competitor in benchrest rifle matches. This cartridge also produces sufficiently high velocity to be classified as an effective varmint cartridge. The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for the 6mm BR Remington is 52,000 C.U.P. Our data was...

Winchester

The .38-55 was originally a Ballard development introduced in 1884 as a target cartridge. The .38-55 was available in a variety of rifles down through the years. Winchester dropped the chambering about 1940 although limited production by various manufacturers has occurred since. The .38-55 has a reputation for excellent accuracy at ranges up to 300 yards and is considered more than adequate for deer and black bear hunting at moderate ranges. The .38-55 is an excellent cartridge for cast bullet...

Remington Magnum

The resurgence of interest in the classic .416 Rigby cartridge prompted Remington and Weatherby to enter the sales race with their own offerings in this bore diameter. In 1990 Remington introduced its .416 Remington Magnum which is essentially a necked up 8mm Remington Magnum case. Although smaller than the .416 Rigby, the .416 Remington Magnum produces nearly the same ballistics because of its higher working pressure. There is a wide range of Accurate propellants that give excellent results...

Government

Military rifle cartridge from 1866 to 1873. It was the first centerfire cartridge in general use by the U.S. Military. models and modifications of the single shot Springfield rifle and was also chambered in the Remington Rolling Block single shot rifle, as well as a large variety of sporting arms of yesteryear. The .50-70 was a very effective cartridge on the American bison and other large game but its limitations as a military cartridge led to the development...

Remington

This specialized varmint cartridge was introduced by Remington in 1971 in their M700 rifle. The case is based on the .223 Remington necked down to .17 caliber with the shoulder set back to lengthen the neck. With a muzzle velocity of 4,000 fps the factory 25 grain bullet kills well within practical varmint hunting ranges. The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for the .17 Remington is 52,000 C.U.P. Accurate 2700 is an excellent choice for this cartridge, giving good loading density and high...

Mm Remington Magnum

After refusing for years to produce a metric magnum, the pressure in the American market became so great that Remington introduced the 7mm Remington Magnum in 1962 along with the new, improved Model 700 bolt action rifle. The 7mm Remington is essentially the .338 Winchester case necked down to 7mm. It is a fine long-range, big game cartridge that can also be used for varmint hunting. With a wide variety of bullets available, the handloader can utilize this cartridge for any game in North...

Xmm Tokarev

This handgun is increasing in popularity in the U.S. In determining the appropriate pressure limit for our load data we tested various military ammo from China, Austria, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Commercial ammo produced by Sellier and Berloit was also tested. Based on these test results we arrived at a maximum pressure for our load data of 42,000 C.U.P. The pressure data shown here was developed in a 9 pressure barrel. We then fired the same loads through an issue CZ-52 to record the...

Jdj

Why did you call it that is the most frequently asked question about it. Simple someone was already using .308 and I wanted to make the .30 caliber connection as well as being distinctive. The JDJ isn't for ego purposes it's simply a positive identification for anyone who happens on one of the SSK-JDJ barrels. This enables anyone to get the correct dies, load data and other information quickly and easily. The .309 is formed from UNFIRED .444 brass. Firing with a brisk load heavy enough to form...

Sb Smith Wesson Special continued

* Shot capsules using 105 grains of No.9 shot. * Shot capsules using 105 grains of No.9 shot. This is a higher pressure loading of the popular .38 S& W Special. This was originally developed for use by law enforcement agencies. The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for the .38 S& W Special +P is 18,500 P.S.I.

MATCH

After the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed, it was decided that it would be advantageous to the members to have interchangeable weapons and ammunition. There were two major contenders to be the NATO cartridge. These were the British .280 caliber and the American's T65 cartridge. NATO selected the T65 cartridge in its final form in February 1954 and in August 1954 the U.S. Army Ordinance Committee formally standardized this cartridge for U.S. Service under the official name...

Swift

The .220 Swift may be the best varmint cartridge ever produced. This ballistic phenomenon was developed by Winchester and introduced in 1935 in the new Model 70 bolt action rifle. Discontinued by Winchester in 1964, it is currently available in rifles made by Remington, Ruger and Savage. If anything, the .220 Swift is more popular now than ever. With a muzzle velocity of 4,110 FPS, the .220 Swift is still the fastest commercial cartridge in the world. Unlike many cartridges, the Swift will...

Acp

Developed by John Browning, the .45 ACP was adopted as the official military handgun cartridge by the U.S. Ordnance Department along with the Colt-Browning automatic pistol in 1911. The .45 ACP has been the official military cartridge of several governments. The .45 ACP was originally designed with a 200 grain bullet for the Colt Model 1905 semiautomatic pistol. It was standardized with a 230 grain bullet for the Colt Government Model 1911 pistol. Since then it has been proven in combat...

Info

This wildcat is based on the .30-06 case necked down to accept .264 diameter bullets. The 6.5-06 is very similar to the old .256 Newton cartridge loaded by the Western Cartridge Company from 1913 to 1938. For fans of the 6.5mm bore, the 6.5-06 is an excellent choice. The cartridge cases are easy to form and the cartridge is suitable for long-range varmint shooting or hunting and even elk and moose with proper bullets. There is no SAAMI pressure limit for the 6.5-06. The Maximum Average Pressure...

Xmm MAUSER

Developed as a military cartridge by Mauser in 1892, it was adopted by the Spanish government in 1893 and later by several South American countries. introduced to the Model 1893 Spanish Mauser and its 7mm cartridge at San Juan Hill and The Chapel in Cuba. Its design so influenced the U.S. Military that the appearance soon thereafter of the Springfield rifle, and eventually the .30-06 cartridge, is not a coincidence. The courts didn't think so either and awarded Paul Mauser a royalty on each...

Weatherby Magnum

In 1958 Roy Weatherby introduced the .460 Weatherby Magnum and advertised it as the world's most powerful rifle cartridge. The .460 Weatherby Magnum is actually .458 caliber based on the .378 Weatherby case necked up. Other than having an overwhelming urge to have the biggest and most powerful rifle cartridge possible, there is no need for the .460 Weatherby Magnum in North America. The .460 Weatherby appears to be a well balanced cartridge ballistically. The loads developed in our test barrel...

SO mm MAUSER

This cartridge was developed by an American, Hugo Borchardt, for the first commercially successful semi-automatic pistol. It has been used mainly in Mauser military automatic pistols and has been copied all over the world. Until the arrival of the .357 Magnum revolver cartridge, the .30 Mauser was the highest velocity pistol cartridge available. While never very popular in the United States, it is nevertheless adequate for hunting small game and varmints at ranges up to 100 yards. There is no...

Desert Eagle

The .357 Sig is basically the .40 S& W cartridge necked down to take 9mm bullets. This cartridge was developed specifically for the law enforcement market. It is intended to duplicate the ballistics of the highly regarded 125 Grain JHP .357 Magnum load as fired in a 4 barrel revolver. Reports from the field praise the accuracy of this round. Our No. 9 has proven to be well suited for this round. This is without a doubt the most ballistically consistent handgun cartridge we have ever worked...

D M Carbine

Ordinance Department decided to develop a light carbine to replace the .45 caliber Model 1911A1 pistol for combat situations. A number of private manufacturers submitted samples for test. The Winchester version was officially adopted in 1941 as the .30 M1 carbine. The cartridge itself is a modification of the .32 Winchester Self-Loading cartridge. As far as producing a more accurate and powerful lightweight sidearm is concerned, the U.S. Army's effort was successful. However,...

Luger

Introduced around 1900 by the Deutsche Waffen u. Munitions Fabriken, this 7.65mm bottlenecked round was the original cartridge for the Luger automatic pistol. While not noted for stopping power, the .30 Luger is suitable for taking small game at close range. The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for the .30 Luger is 28,000 C.U.P. Introduced around 1900 by the Deutsche Waffen u. Munitions Fabriken, this 7.65mm bottlenecked round was the original cartridge for the Luger automatic pistol.

Smith Wesson Ae

Introduced in 1990, this cartridge was developed primarily for the law enforcement market. Guns chambered for the .40 S& W combine high-capacity magazines with acceptable stopping power. It is slightly less powerful than the 10mm Auto which reduces the probability of over-penetration but is considerably easier to control during rapid fire. As a result of testing to optimize terminal ballistics on the 10mm Auto, the FBI adopted a reduced power loading. Smith & Wesson subsequently offered a...

Sharps Straight

The .50-110 was introduced in 1872 in the heyday of buffalo hunting. Many gun manufacturers have realized the nostalgic value of this cartridge and have begun to chamber some of their rifles for this load We set the Maximum Average Pressure for our data the same as the .50-140 at 28,000 P.S.I. Please note that a firm crimp is necessary for good powder ignition. Please note that a firm crimp is necessary for good powder ignition.

Xmm Japanese Arisaka

The 7.7mm Arisaka was adopted by the Japanese Military in 1939 to replace the older 6.5mm military cartridge however, both cartridges were in use throughout WWII. The 7.7mm Arisaka is very similar in performance to the .303 British cartridge and uses the same diameter bullets. However, the 7.7mm Arisaka is a rimless case whereas the British round is rimmed. When loaded with proper bullets, the 7.7mm Arisaka is adequate for hunting most North American big game. With the exception of military...

Norma Magnum

Introduced into the U.S. in 1959, the .358 Norma Magnum is a short, belted magnum cartridge intended to work through a standard length action. It is nearly identical to the wildcat .35-338. The .358 Norma Magnum delivers approximately the same performance as the larger .375 H& H Magnum and is suitable for all North American big game. While never chambered in an American production firearm, the .358 Norma Magnum has enjoyed limited success in custom rifles. There is no SAAMI pressure limit...

222rem Reduce Load With 5744 Powder

Introduced in 1950 by Remington in the Model 722 rifle (and still available in the M700), the triple deuce was an overnight success. It has a well deserved reputation for accuracy and was for a long time the top contender at benchrest matches. Its relatively mild pressure gives long barrel life while providing varmint hunting capability out to 250 yards. In the years since its commercial introduction, the .223 Remington has made significant inroads into the .222's popularity. However, the 222's...

Mm PPC

Lou Palmisano and Ferris Pindell in 1975 for benchrest competition, this cartridge is based on the .220 Russian case. The objective of this wildcat was to utilize a small rifle primer in a shortened powder column to achieve more uniform ignition. The success of this research and development program is demonstrated by the 6mm PPC's continued success in benchrest competition. Although .220 Russian cases are very difficult to obtain, factory cases made by Sako are now available....

Marlin

The popularity of the .44 Magnum revolver cartridge as a rifle round prompted Marlin, in 1964, to introduce their .444 Marlin. This cartridge is, in essence, an extra long .44 Magnum. It fires the same 240 grain soft point but at nearly 2400 FPS as compared to about 1800 FPS for the average .44 Magnum rifle. The .444 Marlin is much more powerful than the older .3030 Winchester or .35 Remington, and at close ranges is on par with the .348 Winchester. However, the bullet sectional density is...

Winchester Schuetzen

The .32-40 was a long time favorite of such notable riflemen such as Harry M. Pope. Its reputation for fine accuracy is well documented. It survived the transition from black powder to the early bulk smokeless propel- lants. It is equally at home with today's Accurate offerings, both single and double based. This data was developed using breech seated bullets. This data should also be applicable for use in rifles chambered for the 8.15x46R. The loads with 2015BR are especially well suited for...

Mach Iv

This wildcat cartridge is simply the .221 Remington Fireball case necked down to .17 caliber. The O'Brien Rifle Company is the originator of this very efficient cartridge, a little powder goes a long way. Based upon the parent case and the type of rifles used, we used a pressure limit of 52,000 C.U.P., the same as the .17 Remington. As there are no doubt many versions of this cartridge in existence, caution is advised in approaching the listed maximum charge.

Mm TCU

One of the series of cartridges developed by Wes Ugalde and chambered originally by Thompson Center Arms. This cartridge is essentially the .223 Remington case necked up to 6mm. The 6mm T CU is an effective varmint cartridge at ranges up to 200 yards. There is no SAAMI pressure limit for the 6mm T CU. Based on the recommendations of Thompson Center, our maximum pressures do not exceed that of the .223 Remington.

How Important Is Accurate Recordkeeping

Have you noticed how many of today's wonderful improvements have also made our lives more complicated For example, when I was a teenager, I used to be able to work on my own car. Now it's difficult for me to find an air or oil filter under the hood of a new car, much less be able to replace it. The same scenario holds true for reloading. It was much simpler back when firearms shot loose powder, ball and caps instead of modern, fixed ammunition. How can that be , you ask. Because before the mid...

Accurate 4350 22-250

Originally based on the .250-3000 Savage case, the .22-250 was one of America's most popular wildcat varmint and benchrest cartridges from the mid 1930s until its adoption by Remington in 1965 as a factory cartridge. Presently rifles chambered for the .22-250 are available from almost every major rifle manufacturer. While not capable of the velocities produced by the .220 Swift, the .22-250 Remington is a well-balanced .22 varmint cartridge. The data for the Sierra 80 HPBT is for use only with...

Roberts

Originally designed by Ned Roberts during the 1930s, the .257 Roberts is based on the 7x57mm Mauser necked to .25 caliber. When Remington introduced the commercial version of this cartridge in 1934, they changed the shoulder angle from 15 to 20 . The .257 Roberts was originally introduced in Remington's Model 30 bolt action rifle. Remington also produced the Model 722 bolt action and 760 Gamemaster pump chambered for this cartridge, as well as a limited run of the Model 700 Classic. Winchester...

Zipper

The .219 Zipper was introduced in 1937 by Winchester in the Model 64 rifle. It is based on the .2535 Winchester case necked to .22 caliber. The Model 64 lever action rifle did not prove sufficiently accurate for long-range shooting and did not allow easy use of telescopic sights. Winchester discontinued .219 Zipper ammunition in 1962 and Remington followed suit shortly thereafter. In a single shot or bolt action rifle, the .219 Zipper was considered as accurate as any other .22 centerfire...

Savage

Designed by Charles Newton for Savage Arms Company, the .250-3000 derives its name from its original loading which propelled an 87-grain bullet at 3,000 fps. is known today has been chambered in several firearms. It offers flat trajectory, excellent accuracy and adequate killing power on deer-sized animals while producing relatively light recoil and low noise. It is a fine choice for recoil sensitive shooters. The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for this cartridge is 45,000 C.U.P.

Bain Davis

Developed in about 1964 by gunsmith Keith Davis, the .357 44 Bain amp Davis was intended to be used in modified .44 Magnum revolvers in order to improve the velocity of 158 grain .357 caliber bullets compared to .357 Magnum performance. It also gave long barrel performance in a standard length barrel. As implied by its name, the .357 44 Bain amp Davis is made by necking down the .44 Magnum to .357 without any other change. This is an easy cartridge to form and, for a time, was popular. The .357...

Herrett

The .357 Herrett was a joint effort of Steve Herrett and gun writer Bob Milek in an attempt to improve upon the performance of the .30 Herrett for big game hunting with a handgun. The .357 Herrett is formed from .3030 or .32 Winchester Special cases. Intended initially as a big game hunting cartridge for the T C Contender, it developed a following among silhouette shooters. In the hands of a skilled marksman the .357 Herrett is capable of taking most North American large game. Based on the...

Introduction

After working on this revision for the past year, I have come to appreciate the massive effort that went into the original manuscript. Special thanks go to Bill Falin for his extra efforts to produce Book One and for all of his guidance for Book Two. Bill has been on Active Duty and we certainly missed his contribution for this volume. Special thanks also go to Garry Grinstead for all of the ballistic test data that he generated for Book One and for the data we have added for Book Two. We wish...

Pressure Testing

The American National Standards Institute Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute recognizes two methods for pressure testing of small arms ammunition. These are with Copper Units of Pressure CUP and Piezo PSI . Accurate Arms Company uses both methods. The standards for pressure used by Accurate Arms Company in preparing this manual are contained in ANSI SAAMI Z299.3-1990 and Z299.4-1992. All maximum loads are kept equal to or less than the Maximum Average Pressure as defined in...

6.5 Jdj Pressure

The 6.5 JDJ is one of the early examples of the JDJ series of cartridges. The .225 Winchester case was selected for the following reasons It is rimmed. Rimmed cartridges are more user friendly than rimless in the T C. The .225 is the correct capacity to give maximum velocities in the normal barrel lengths found in the T C and do it with less powder than many larger capacity cases. Most importantly, the .225 case is tough. Correctly loaded and sized it will last for a long time. In loading the...

Kdf Taylor

This proprietary cartridge was developed by Phil Koene of Klein-guenther Distinguished Firearms. Barnes Bullets provided the necessary bullets cases are easily formed from 458 Winchester brass. Research proved that .411 diameter bullets feed through the magazine of the Voere rifles more reliably than .416 bullets used in the same cartridge. Accurate 2460 and 2520 are the best all-around powders. This data is also suitable for use in the 416 Taylor. The major difference between these two...

The Folly Of More Powder

Alas, how many times have I seen hand-loaders exceed published loading data until their actions barely opened And for the sake of a few extra FPS. Then they declare to the world how much more they know than those wimps who publish loading manuals. They describe their ammunition as maximum handloads. My definition of what has just occurred is dangerous handloads. My next definition of dangerous handloads is when published loading data is exceeded, any time, for any reason, intentional or...

Whisper

As the name implies, this cartridge is designed for subsconic velocities with medium to heavy bullets. Another load developed by JD Jones, who is proud of the fact that the .300 Whisper has gained acceptance as a hunting round for mid size game such as deer. Maximum Average Pressures were based on the .221 Fireball which are 52,000 C.U.P.

Sharps

The .50-90 Sharps was introduced in 1875 as the premier cartridge of its day for buffalo hunting. It represented a substantial increase in power over the .50-70 Government which was used by many of the hide hunters. The .50-90 is also called the .50-100 or .50-110 depending on the bullet weight and powder charge used. Although obviously suitable for any large North American big game, if not for the current limited production of Sharps replicas chambered for it, this cartridge would have been...

Accurate 2 Luger

Semi-automatic carbines chambered for the 9mm Luger cartridge are intended only for informal target shooting or plinking. Although there are numerous models of select fire weapons produced for military and law enforcement agencies, these are not generally available to the shooting public. All loads shown below produced a small velocity increase when fired from the carbine. The velocity increase was more pronounced with the lighter bullet weights. The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for the 9mm...

Chronographing Metallic Ammunition

You've probably heard them the reasons for not using a chronograph- What the heck do I need a chronograph for, a deer isn't going to know whether a bullet is going 2700 or 2800 feet-per-second when it hits him. Or this one I don't need a chronograph because the loading manuals tell me what the velocity is, and that's close enough. If you hear a remark like one of these, it's a good bet that the shooter has not used a chronograph and really doesn't understand what a chronograph can do for him....

Shotshell Propellant

Nitro 100 - A fast burning, double base flake propellant. Developed for 7 8, 1, and 1-1 8 ounces of shot in 12 gauge for trap, skeet, and light field loads. Nitro 100 is excellent in low pressure revolver cartridges, and is especially well suited for the .45 Colt. Clean burning in all applications. Nitro 100 is relatively temperature insensitive. Solo 1000 - A fast, ultra clean burning, porous, single base flake powder ideal for all shotgun and select handgun loads. Excellent in Cowboy Action...

Swedish Mauser

The 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser was adopted in 1894 and subsequently chambered in the Swedish Models 94, 96 and 38 rifles and carbines. In the Scandinavian countries, the 6.5x55mm has a reputation for both superb accuracy and effectiveness as a game cartridge. The 6.5x55mm, while never very popular in the United States, is currently experiencing a resurgence. With the recent influx of surplus rifles and ammunition, availability of reloading components is improving. The SAAMI Maximum Average...

Mm Arisaka

The 6.5x50mm Arisaka was the service cartridge for the Model 38 bolt action rifle used by the Imperial Japanese troops. Large numbers of these rifles were brought back to the United States by returning Gl's from the Pacific theater of operations following VJ Day. The 6.5x50mm has a semi-rimmed case with the smallest powder capacity of any of the military 6.5mm cartridges. Commercial ammunition and components are available from Norma. Norma factory ammunition produced 40,000 P.S.I. in our test...

Alliant 2025 Smokeless Powder

Created by Elgin Gates for handgun silhouette shooting. The 7mm IHMSA is based upon the .300 Savage case necked down to 7 mm. This cartridge was chambered in the Wichita bolt action single shot pistol. This cartridge is almost as powerful as the slightly larger 7mm-08 Remington. There is no SAAMI pressure limit for the 7mm IHMSA. Based on the strength of the Wichita bolt action handgun, the maximum loads listed below do not exceed that of the 7mm-08 Remington. .448 3.3125.3115 11,38mm lt 7,94...

7mm Merrill Reloading Data

Winchester 1893 Scematic

The 7mm Merrill is the .225 Winchester case necked up to 7mm with no other change. This cartridge is used in the Merrill pistol manufactured by Rock Pistol Manufacturing. There is no SAAMI pressure limit for the 7mm Merrill. The loads shown below are approved by the manufacturer of the Merrill pistol, Jim Rock.

Super Automatic P continued

The .38 S amp W Special continues to be the most popular handgun cartridge in the U.S. It is very accurate and is widely used for competitive shooting. Also known as the .38 Colt Special, or more generally as the .38 Special, it was introduced by Smith amp Wesson in 1902 for their military and police model revolver. This is an excellent cartridge for the novice handgunner due to its inherent accuracy and low recoil. The .38 Special is also a popular sporting cartridge. Its hunting use should be...

Mm AUTO

The 10mm Auto was introduced in 1983 along with the Bren Ten semi-automatic pistol by Dornaus and Dixon. The ammunition was originally loaded by Norma using a 200 grain full metal jacketed bullet with a truncated cone shape. The Bren Ten pistol is now part of history however, the 10mm Auto cartridge was too good to die and is now chambered by several manufacturers including Colt and Smith amp Wesson. The 10mm Auto provides a handgunner with the power of a .357 Magnum revolver with the increased...

XR Russian

This cartridge was developed for the Czar's troops in 1891. Its 150-grain spitzer bullet was adopted in 1909 Prior to and during WWI, the rifles were manufactured by New England Westinghouse Co., Remington and Winchester. When the Czar lost the revolution, large numbers of these rifles were declared surplus and were sold to U.S. citizens. Remington loaded a 150 grain bronze point hunting round for a time. Bore dimensions vary in these rifles from .308 up to .311. Our pressure barrel has a .311...

Accurate 8700 Powder For 40-65 Winchester

The .40-65 Winchester, also known as the .40-65 Marlin, was introduced in 1887 for Winchester's Model 86 lever action rifle. The Winchester singleshot rifle was also chambered for it. The .40-65 was loaded with both black and smokeless powder and remained listed in Winchester catalogs until about 1935. The .40-65 Winchester is essentially the .45-70 Government cartridge necked down to .40 caliber. The purpose behind this cartridge was to increase the power available in Winchester's lever action...

Accurate Reloading

The .307 Winchester is a rimmed version of the .308 Winchester. Introduced in 1982 for the Model 94 XTR Angle Eject Carbine. Marlin's Model .336 ER in .307 was introduced about the same time. The .307 designation is intended to simply avoid confusion with the .308 Winchester. The .307 uses uses standard .308 diameter bullets. While the .307 is a significant improvement over the .30-30 Winchester as a hunting cartridge, it still suffers from the design limitations of the Model 94 lever action...

Whelen

The .35 Whelen was designed by the late Col. Townsend Whelen and built by Mr. James Howe while he was employed at Springfield Armory about 1922. This wildcat is the .30-06 case necked up to take .35 caliber bullets with no other change. The .35 Whelen's popularity diminished somewhat after Winchester's introduction of their Model 70 rifle chambered for the .375 H amp H Magnum however, the ease of case forming for this cartridge and its effectiveness upon game kept this wildcat in use for many...

Brief History Of Computers In Ballistics

It is well known nowadays that the modern science of ballistics owes much to the development of electronic computers. But, it is not so well known that the development of modern computers owes at least as much to the science of ballistics. Nearly fifty years ago, the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory put the first high-speed electronic digital computer into operation. It was designed and built by engineers from the University of Pennsylvania under a contract let by the U.S. Army Chief of...

Miller Short

The .32 Miller Short resulted from many years of working with the longer cases .32 40 and 8.15x46R. The first problem is keeping the powder in the cases. A high side-walled action, such as the DeHaas Miller action, though stronger and safer than the other type actions, is harder to load. Some shooters pick up the rifle from the rest as each round is loaded. This allows cases with open mouths to be loaded and does locate the powder however, moving the rifle for each shot is not the best way to...

Rowland

The 460 Rowland is based on the .45 Winchester Magnum case with a length 1 16 longer than that of the standard .45 ACP. This increased length is intended to prevent chambering the round in a firearm not specifically intended for it's use. Based upon the design pressure limit of the .45 Winchester Magnum of 40,000 C.U.P. and discussions with Mr. Rowland the pressure limit for this cartridge has been set at 40,000 C.U.P. as well. The loading data shown below does not exceed this limit. These...

Nra High Power Service Rifle Loads

The purpose of this section is to provide the NRA High Power competitor with a quick reference for the most requested loading data. Although most of the data in this section is also found in other listings throughout the loading guide, some portions of this data were developed for inclusion only in this section. This section is broken down into three parts. The first is for the three service rifle cartridges the 5.56mm, the 7.62x51mm and the .30-06. In developing the 5.56 data we used...

Obsolete Black Powder Cartridges

The following section on old cartridges is the result of requests for data from you, the Accurate reloader. If we receive additional requests from you, then future editions of the Accurate Arms Loading Guide will have an expanded section for these cartridges. Shooting the old cartridges is both challenging and satisfying. I suppose, that to a large extent, many of us have become somewhat jaded by the almost bewildering array of components available today. The combinations of these components...

Aa Powder For 32-40

Originally developed as a black powder cartridge for competition in singleshot rifles, the .32-40 was introduced in 1884. At that time factory ammunition was loaded with a 165-grain lead bullet and 40 grains of Fg black powder. It quickly established a reputation for fine accuracy prompting Winchester and Marlin to add it to their lines of lever action repeating rifles. American manufacturers stopped chambering rifles for the .32-40 Winchester about 1940. The .32-40 was the late Harry Pope's...

Action Express

Developed by Action Arms, Magnum Research, and Israel Military Industries, the .50 AE is the largest legal handgun caliber. The Desert Eagle gas-operated pistol gives superb accuracy in .50 Action Express with groups reported under 1 at 25 yards provided the shooter can handle its considerable recoil. The SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure for the .50 Action Express is 36,000 P.S.I. This relatively new sport is still enjoying ever increasing popularity and has had an impact on the world of shooting...

Shooting Cast Bullets

Until the late 1800's, almost all projectiles shot from hand held firearms were made from lead. The reasons were simple. Lead was quite common and, in its pure form or alloyed with small amounts of tin or antimony, it is both heavy and due to lead's low melting point is readily cast into almost any shape. Since the metal is also relatively soft, firing lead bullets repeatedly in those early firearms would not harm the barrel. Because it is heavy, lead was and still is the ideal material for...

30 Herrett Powder

Herrett Ballistics

Developed by Steve Herrett and Bob Milek, the .30 Herrett is a reformed and shortened .30-30 Winchester case intended for use in the Thompson Center Contender handgun. Although all of the loads listed below exceed the recommended maximum overall length due to their spitzer shape, there should be no problem when used in a single shot firearm. There is no SAAMI pressure limit for the .30 Herrett. Based on the recommendations of Thompson Center, the maximum loads listed below do not exceed 42,000...

So M Carbine

Both Ruger and Thompson Center, as well as various foreign manufacturers, have chambered handguns for the .30 M1 Carbine. This was no doubt initially prompted by the ready availability of surplus .30 M1 Carbine ammunition. This appealed to the market for casual shooters and those desiring a companion handgun for their .30 M1 Carbine. This cartridge in a handgun is well suited for hunter silhouette competition. It should also be suitable for the taking of small game within 125 yards. The .30 M1...

Schuetzen Rifle Cartridges

The word Schuetzen is German and in this application refers to a breech-loading, singleshot rifle using a cartridge case to contain the primer and powder charge with cast or swaged lead bullets. The bullets are usually seated with the base of the bullet at the case mouth as this method gives superior accuracy. The first Schuetzen rifles were caplock muzzle loaders that were the direct descendants of the German Jeager rifles so popular with the immigrants from that country. Shooting as a sport...

Reloading For Old Guns Calibers

History is always popular with a large segment of people, and for those who are both firearms and history oriented it is only natural to try to understand the capabilities and limitations of the guns related to any given era. In fact, my own opinion is that in the modern firearms scene one of the areas of greatest growth is in actually using the older cartridge guns and replicas thereof in their many obsolete chamberings. One of the causes of this was the introduction and fantastic growth of...

Remington Ultra

Right after the .300 Remington Ultra Mag was introduced, they followed it right up with the .338 Remington Ultra Mag. As with the .300 RUM, there is more capacity which results in higher velocities than other magnums. SAAMI Maximum Average Pressure is set at 65,000 P.S.I. Please use starting loads for this cartridge as reference ammunition was not yet available when we developed the following data. 3.450 87.630mm Min. 3.600 91.440mm Max.

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The History Of Reloading

Reloading is approximately synonymous with handloading. The distinction lies in whether or not the cartridge case has been loaded and fired previously. If it has been, subsequent loadings are reloads. If the load is put up in virgin brass, that's handloading. Books such as this one, containing listings of information on how much powder to load behind a given bullet for a specific cartridge, may be termed manuals or handbooks. There does not seem to be any distinction between one term or the...

Loading For Handgun Cartridges

Smokeless Powders Handloaders Guide

While developing the data presented in this loading guide, we have determined several rules of thumb that we will attempt to highlight in the form of helpful hints. But first we need to divide the discussion on loading handgun cartridges into two categories straight walled and bottlenecked. Let's examine straight-walled cartridges first. They are the most common configuration of handgun ammunition. Nearly every shooter has had at least one handgun chambered for a straight-walled cartridge at...

Pistol Propellants

No. 2 - A fast burning, low density, double base, ball propellant developed for use in .38 Special target loads. It is excellent for target loads in almost all handgun cartridges, especially where low pressure and clean burning are desirable. Its low charge weights help the handloader stretch his shooting dollar. The lasted version, No. 2 Improved, is identical to the original No. 2 in terms of charge weight while being lower density to fill up more volume in the case. No. 5 - A relatively fast...