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...

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...

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...

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...