How To Make an Exploded-View Cartridge Diorama

This video provides you with detailed, step-by-step instructions on how – using common materials found around the home – you can make your own, exploded-view dioramas displaying the various components of a cartridge, especially if you already reload your own ammunition. In addition, you can use shooting trophies you’ve earned (if you have them) as the bases; getting them out of long-term storage and putting them to good use again.

These dioramas make excellent teaching tools for those unacquainted with function of cartridges and guns in general. Bullet casters may be especially drawn to showing off their casting skill in in this way.

The cartridge in this example diorama is a .45-120 using a 535 grain cast bullet, intended for use in my custom Ruger No.1 rifle. This round has proven successful when hunting moose, deer and bear.

The topics covered are:

1. Tools & Materials Required at 3 minute mark
2. Planning Rod Dimensions at 6 minute mark
3. Cutting and Bending Rod at 9.5 minute mark
4. Gluing Uprights Together at 16 minute mark
5. Drilling Out Primer Pocket at 21 minute mark
6. Gluing Case to Rod at 24.5 minute mark
7. Drilling Out the Bullet at 30 minute mark
8. Making Hole in Gas Check at 36 minute mark
9. Order of Steps Considered at 40.5 minute mark
10. Gun Powder to Rod Prep at 42 minute mark
11. Gluing Gun Powder to Rod at 45 minute mark
12. Applying Gas Check to Rod at 71.5 minute mark
13. Attaching the Bullet at 81 minute mark
14. Attaching the Primer at 84 minute mark
15. Drilling the Base at 87 minute mark
16. Sealing the Base at 96 minute mark
17. Constructing a Drying Rig at 98 minute mark
18. Gluing Assembly to Base at 101 minute mark
19. Adding Finishing Touches at 106 minute mark

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