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Sharpshooter USA Buckshot Moulds

Sharpshooter USA Buckshot Moulds Casting your own buckshot is one of the simplest and most economical ways to save money as a reloader, particularly if you’re a big shotgun fan.  That being the case, why don’t more people do it? There are a number of reasons, but the biggest factor is probably that there just […]

12 Gauge Shotshell Resizing Die

12 Gauge Shotshell Resizing Die About a month ago I teased some of the new tools I started working on late last year, including a die and accessories for reloading 12 gauge shotshells on a conventional metallic cartridge press. In scenarios where you’re using your own powder measure, trickler, specialty components and roll crimper to […]

Selecting the Best Shotshell Hulls for Reloading

Selecting the Best Shotshell Hulls for Reloading In my last article, we discussed the popular misconception that brass height is somehow an indication of hull strength.  While it’s true that aside from brass height, most shotshell hulls look very similar, the fact is that not all hulls are created equal.  In this article, we’re going […]
New Reloading Room Tour

New Reloading Room Tour

A three-minute tour of my newly renovated reloading room. TATV CanadaTactical Advantage TV is focused on delivering short, to-the-point content on a host of subjects related to firearms, casting, reloading, optics and accessories.  In addition to theoretical discussion, I will be performing a number of practical demonstrations on processes and products, including my own designs.

Reloading Ammunition to Save Money

Reloading Ammunition to Save Money Having owned a firearms business for several years, I was (and often still am) mystified whenever I’d hear someone casually remark that “You can’t save money reloading ammunition.”  Many gun shops are understandably reluctant to carry much stock when it comes to reloading for several reasons, not the least of […]

Home-Made Bullet Lube

In my last article, I wrote about the age-old process of pan-lubing cast bullets to improve accuracy, and reduce barrel leading.  Many folks who pan-lube opt to purchase their lubricants– and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Many companies like Lyman, RCBS, White Label and Dragon Lubes produce excellent quality products that do a fantastic job; […]

Brass Cleaning Ripoffs

If you're a reloader, chances are one of your biggest goals is to save money and shoot more for less.  While most of us have analyzed the price of equipment and components, have you ever stopped to think about the materials you use?

Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph

When people first get into reloading, they're usually able to produce fairly accurate rounds with nothing more than a press, reloading manual, and some time at the range.  While this will generally yield good enough results for most folks, there's a certain subset of reloaders who instinctively push for more; be it that extra quarter inch smaller rifle group at 200 yards, or a custom load that just isn't available in any manual.  Whatever the motivation, for these reloaders, a chronograph becomes an essential piece of equipment.

ASM Grizzly Paradox Slug Mould

This is the first time I've tried casting with one of my new ASM moulds, and it did not disappoint.  It's lightweight, well-built and incredibly easy to use.  Pin-extraction is a dream, and once it's hit operating-temperature, it runs flawlessly.

Ending the High-Brass, Low-Brass Shotshell Strength Debate

Ending the High-Brass, Low-Brass Shotshell Strength Debate In this article we’re going to address what continues to be a very controversial topic among shotshell reloaders; the high-brass/low-brass strength debate.  For those that don’t reload shotshells or are just new to the practice, the argument I’m referring to is that high-brass hulls are somehow stronger, or […]

Pan-Lubing Cast Bullets

Sooner or later, every bullet caster needs to decide how they plan to lubricate their bullets before loading.  Lubrisizing with a high-end unit from Star, RCBS or Lyman is fast, but expensive.  Powder coating works well, but takes a lot of time and energy.  Tumble-lubing with a product like Lee's Liquid Alox is simple, but makes a big mess.  Sometimes the old ways still have a place in the modern caster's arsenal, and for many of us, that makes pan-lubing a great option.
Shotshell Roll Crimper

Shotshell Roll Crimper

I've tried a couple of different roll crimpers over the years, but never really found any of them to my liking, so I decided to design my own, taking inspiration from the solid state designs dating as far back as the 1800's, and combining them with modern materials and manufacturing processes.

Building a Rocket Stove for Smelting Wheel-Weights and Casting Bullets

Recently the Full.Lead.Taco channel hosted a 'Tacopocalypse' challenge, wherein competitors were tasked with casting and reloading their own ammunition, using only a minimum of technology.  Although I wasn't able to participate myself, it did get me thinking about other ways to smelt wheel-weights and cast bullets besides using my electric burner. Ever since I read an article about Rocketstoves, I've been interested in building one, so this seemed like a pretty good excuse.

Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Case Trim & Prep Center

It's faster, better built, more ergonomic, and above all more consistent than any other trimmer I've used before.  Although pricey, it includes every bushing, collet and bit you'll ever need, so you know exactly what it's costing you without any surprises.  Best of all, it includes everything you'd find on a standard case prep station, plus the trimmer, effectively combining two tools into one.

ASM Premium Russian Slug Moulds

ASM Premium Russian Slug Moulds A couple years ago while perusing eBay, I happened across some slug moulds by Russian manufacturer Svarog and decided give them a try.  Since then, Russian slug moulds have become increasingly popular with western casters. Ever since, I’ve been actively searching for other interesting tools that may appeal to reloaders […]

Does Cast Bullet Hardness Change after Powder Coating?

Does Cast Bullet Hardness Change after Powder Coating? The practice of powder coating ammunition is quickly gaining momentum among the cast bullet community, and it’s not hard to see why.  Although tedious at times, powder coating bullets can reduce or even eliminate the need for conventional bullet lubes as well as further reduce barrel leading. […]

12G Shotshell Filler Wad/Overshot Card Punch – Completed!

Back in late 2017 I began work on a press-mounted tool for punching my own shotshell filler wads and overshot cards.  After an initial prototype and two revisions, I'm happy to report it's finally complete, and in production. Today I'm going to walk you through the final version, including the features and construction, as well as an explanation of how it works.

Alternative Sources of Reloading Data

Alternative Sources of Reloading Data http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/ Traditionally, most reloaders have referred to the tried, tested and true reloading manual as their primary source for load data.  Having been a reloader myself for more than a decade I can’t argue with that, as I probably own nearly a dozen manuals, each of which contains a wealth […]

Choosing a Respirator for Bullet Casting

Choosing a Respirator for Bullet Casting About a year ago I received some bad news from a good friend.  A long-time bullet caster who had been to the Dr. for his annual physical; he was informed his blood had tested high for dissolved lead.  It’s a well established fact that lead not only causes neurological […]

How much does Quenching increase Cast Bullet Hardness?

How much does Quenching increase Cast Bullet Hardness? If you’ve been following my articles for any length of time, chances are you already know I water-quench virtually all my cast bullets.  While the fact that quenching increases hardness is fairly well known and agreed upon, I’ve always wondered just how effective it really is.  Over […]