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Memorial Day
May 26th, 2014 by RoundsReloaded

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Memorial Day

Today we remember that our freedom is not free. Many of our brothers, sisters, fathers, grandfathers, uncles, have given their lives so that we can live ours in freedom.

Today we pray for them, we remember them and we thank them for their ultimate sacrifice.

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Primers are trickling in
May 23rd, 2014 by RoundsReloaded

Gun powder

Gun powder

Primers are trickling in

We are expecting a shipment of primers soon.

Our suppliers are filling our orders as they get theirs filled by the manufacturers. On the primers side things are looking better.

The same thing, however, cannot be said about powder.  

There is no word when supplies will hit the shelves, and when they do we expect the rush to be a hoarding ordeal worthy of wild hungry animals.

We are on a constant look out to try to get our orders shipped as soon as powder becomes available.

We will kelp you informed via our blog or via email.

For now we thank you for you patience and understanding.

 

With Ammunition Costs On the Rise, Some Shooters Turn to Reloading
May 21st, 2014 by RoundsReloaded

In our reloading classes we talk about some of the reasons why people reload; we pretty much list all of the reasons listed also in this article; however, the interesting thing in this article is that statistics are now introduced.

Enjoy the reading!

With Ammunition Costs On the Rise, Some Shooters Turn to Reloading

Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Reloading bench

Reloading bench

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. –(Ammoland.com)- With soaring ammunition costs and shortages of cartridges on store shelves making headlines in recent months, many shooters are wondering how they are going to find or afford enough rounds to keep enjoying their sport as much as they always have.

For some, the answer—at least a partial one—has been found in reloading their own ammunition.

A recent ShooterSurvey.com and HunterSurvey.com poll found that approximately one-in-four respondents—just over 26 percent—said they reload.

Of those who participate in the activity, the top reason cited was to save money, followed closely by wanting to improve accuracy.

The chief motivations for reloading are:

To save money 86%
To improve accuracy 72%
To obtain rounds difficult to find in stores 34%
To reduce waste 28%
Other 11%
Of those who chose other, the majority wrote in that they reload for fun, relaxation and enjoyment. Respondents could check more than one reason.

“Some people view reloading as a niche activity though these results show, with as many as a quarter of avid shooters assembling their own rounds, it is a popular activity,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and AnglerSurvey.com.

Among the types of ammunition reloaded, rifle leads the way with 79 percent of reloaders putting together those rounds, followed by 60 percent who assemble handgun cartridges and 28 percent loading shotshells. Some people who reload do so with multiple types of ammunition.

To help continually improve, protect and advance angling and other outdoor recreation, all sportsmen and sportswomen are encouraged to participate in the surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and/or AnglerSurvey.com. Each month, participants who complete the survey are entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates to the sporting goods retailer of their choice.

About AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com:
Launched in 2006, AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. Survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/huntersurvey and http://facebook.com/anglersurvey or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AnglerSurvey and https://twitter.com/#!/HunterSurvey.

Pentagon To Destroy $1.2 Billion in Ammunition Amid Widespread Shortage
May 21st, 2014 by RoundsReloaded

Pentagon To Destroy $1.2 Billion in Ammunition Amid Widespread Shortage

 By AWR Hawkins

Pentagon To Destroy $1.2 Billion in Ammunition Amid Widespread Shortage Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2014/05/pentagon-to-destroy-1-2-billion-in-ammunition-amid-widespread-shortage.

Pentagon To Destroy $1.2 Billion in Ammunition Amid Widespread Shortage

Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)- The Pentagon plans to destroy $1.2 billion in ammunition amid widespread ammo shortages for private citizens.

According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report acquired by USA Today, the ammunition is being destroyed because the Pentagon does not know what ammunition is new and viable and what is not. This is due to the fact that “the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively,” leading to “an inaccurate accounting of ammunition.”

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) said, “There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the (Pentagon) can make some commonsense improvements to how it manages ammunition.”

Question: If portions of the ammunition are in a caliber popular in the civilian market, why can the ammo not be sold at a reduced price, as is, to private citizens who are told beforehand that some of it may unknowingly be outdated?

In this way the Pentagon could recoup a hefty portion of the $1.2 billion it is preparing to throw away and law abiding citizens could get their hands on some of the very ammunition they can no longer find on store shelves.

 

About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.
If you have questions or comments, email him at awr@awrhawkins.com. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.
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Powder is nowhere to be found!
May 17th, 2014 by RoundsReloaded

In our quest to find out why is powder (and for that matter almost all reloading components) so scarse in the market we came across this article which we found interesting. Read on…

Loss of Smokeless Powder The Greatest Threat to Keep & Bear Arms

Published on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Loss of Smokeless Powder The Greatest Threat to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the United States Today
by Gary Marbut, president
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Loss of Smokeless Powder The Greatest Threat to Keep & Bear Arms

Montana Shooting Sports Association

Montana Shooting Sports Association

Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- Without ammunition, our firearms are just awkward clubs, and our cherished right to Keep and Bear Arms is worthless – literally worth nothing.

Let me explain this threat.

To the best of my information, there are only two plants in the United States that manufacture smokeless propellant to load ammunition for our firearms. All else is imported, from Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, Israel, and Australia primarily.

These two plants are both owned by giant defense and government contractors for whom sales of powder for civilian ammunition consumption is but a tiny fraction of their business.

One is the General Dynamics plant in St. Marks, Florida, which produces for Hodgden, Winchester and others, and the Alliant plant in Connecticut which produces for the Alliant family of companies and for the Lake City Arsenal (currently under Alliant management).

If Obama were to instruct his appointed Secretary of Defense to quietly lean on these defense contractors to quit selling smokeless powder for civilian consumption or put their next contract for an aircraft carrier at risk, I believe they’d bail on civilian powder sales in a heartbeat. And, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could end smokeless powder imports tomorrow with a stroke of her pen.

Sure, some people in the U.S. have a fair amount of ammunition and reloading components squirreled away, but those supplies won’t last forever. Actually, at the current rate of consumption, ammunition in supply chain and in individual possession would last between one and two years, although many lightly-inventoried people would run out in days or weeks, not months or years.

That’s why the Montana Shooting Sports Association has crafted a bill for the 2011 Montana legislative session to encourage the production of smokeless powder, primers and brass on a small scale, a scale that should be reproduced on a state-by-state basis.

Many of the small countries of central and eastern Europe have their own in-country powder production. However, because of scale issues in manufacturing, these small-scale plants can only survive with significant state subsidy.

In the U.S., the incentive and legal infrastructure are a bit different. According to our novel U.S. system of political thought, the primary purpose (maybe only valid purpose) of government is to protect the liberties of the people. One essential and well-recognized liberty is the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Since the RKBA is worthless without ammunition, it may be validly argued that supporting supplies of ammunition components is a legitimate government function.

Thus, state subsidy of ammunition component manufacture is worthy of consideration, even by minimalist libertarians.

The bill MSSA will have before the 2011 Montana Legislature offers four incentives:

  1. Provides a general, 20-year tax amnesty for any new business established in Montana to manufacture smokeless powder, primers or brass. This gives up no current state revenue because no such manufacturers exist in Montana now. And, it may stimulate new jobs in Montana. Terms for qualification and manufacturing are defined in the bill;
  2. Provides product liability shelter for manufacturers;
  3. Makes any such manufacturers eligible for any existing economic development programs in the state; and
  4. Asserts Tenth Amendment prerogative to regulate exclusively with state regulation any chemicals used in the manufacturing process (many of the best powders are made overseas and are good because they are made using chemicals banned by the federal EPA).

The MSSA draft bill for this effort is located at: www.progunleaders.org/lcq2010/powder.html

As Montana has been the source of other trail-breaking initiatives (e.g., the Montana Firearms Freedom Act), this idea is available for implementation in other states. MSSA believes it would be healthy if every state had in-state production of ammunition components sufficient to meet the needs of the state’s consumers.

Gary Marbut, president

Montana Shooting Sports Association

http://www.mtssa.org

author, Gun Laws of Montana
http://www.mtpublish.com

About Montana Shooting Sports Association:

MSSA is the primary political advocate for Montana gun owners. Visit: www.mtssa.org

Why do we reload?
May 17th, 2014 by RoundsReloaded

We went in search of the answer to this question…Here is an article from AmmoLand.com…Oldie but goodie!

Setting Up To Reload Your Own Ammo

Published on Tuesday, September 04, 2012

First Reloads
By Roy Hill, Brownells Copywriter

Reload Your Own Ammo

Des Moines, Iowa – -(Ammoland.com)- I remember what it was like to be a rookie reloader.
In a lot of ways, it’s like being a rookie shooter, or maybe driving a car for the very first time. The first time I sat down at my bench to prime and charge cases, I had the same tight feeling in my chest, the same heightened awareness of every move I made, as I did the first time my grandfather showed me how to operate a shotgun, or the first time I got behind the wheel of my family’s Matador station wagon when I was only 15.
I was very concerned about doing everything exactly right, and I was very excited to see if I could actually make my own ammunition that would work in my gun. I was so anxious to test my first batch of .38 Special reloads, that I grabbed the first six cartridges I produced along with a revolver and some ear muffs and almost jogged out to my backyard pistol range. Six loud, satisfying bangs later, I ejected the empties, and then quickly went back inside so I could reload them again.
Just like acquiring any other skill that involves potentially dangerous machinery – like operating a chainsaw – reloading requires attention to detail, the right equipment, and concentration. And learning that you can do it well brings the same satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. Of course, you’ll hear other reasons for getting into reloading: it saves you money, you can make super-accurate ammo tailored to your specific gun, you can make ammo in hard-to-find calibers or even in calibers that are no longer commercially manufactured at all.

All of them are 100 percent true. But the main reason I reload is the kick I get from shooting ammo that I made, myself.

If you shoot much at all, you’ve probably already got some spent brass laying around. You’ll need the correct powder, primers, and bullets for the caliber you want to reload – plus some basic reloading tools.

Education, Education, Education
Reloading is one of those activities that really must be done by the book. A good load manual published by a reliable source is a must for every reloader. Most people who reload wind up owning several load manuals . Do NOT trust load data published on an Internet site or forum unless you consult a quality load manual first. And if you’re ever in doubt about a specific load, just follow what a good manual says. One of the terms you’ll come across on the Internet that’s sometimes connected to load recipes not published in reputable manuals is “KABOOM.” To avoid getting acquainted with Mr.“KABOOM” on a very personal level, follow a manual, every single time.

Get good manuals and study them, often.

RCBS Rockchucker Supreme Press: The Rock Chucker Supreme Press has been one of the most popular single stage reloading presses in the world for many years. The current Supreme model has been lengthened to more easily accommodate some of today’s longer cartridges, and the press handle will switch in the mount for right or left handed users.

Reloading Press – Single Stage or Progressive?
Lots of folks will say that rookie reloaders should start with single-stage presses. I’m one of the odd-ducks who ran out and got one of the big expensive progressive presses to start with. I’ve reloaded with both single-stage and progressives, and think that both types have their good points and limitations.

First off, a single-stage press is just what it sounds like: a press with a single stage. Every step of the reloading process, from removing the spent primer and resizing the cartridge case, to repriming and charging with powder, to seating and crimping the bullet properly, is done on the same single stage.

You just have to change dies for every step. Typically, folks do the steps in batches. Deprime and resize 50 cases. Then swap dies and prime and charge 50 cases, swap dies and seat 50 bullets, and so on.

A progressive press does several reloading steps simultaneously. It takes longer to set up a progressive press, but once it is, you can really crank out the reloads quickly, since the press will simultaneously perform several reloading steps on several cartridge cases – so long as you remember to rotate the cartridge cases to the next step!

If you don’t pay attention to while operating a progressive press, it’s easy to make a mistake like not putting any powder into the cases.

Do your research. Think about what types of ammo you specifically intend to reload, for what purposes, and how comfortable you are with machines, following directions, and staying focused on one task. For example, if you plan to reload 20 to 50 rifle cartridges a few times a year for hunting and sighting-in, a simple, single-stage press would be perfectly fine.

However, if you want to reload hundreds of pistol rounds a week so you can economically practice for 3-gun or action pistol matches, a progressive press might be a better choice.

Hornady Lock-N-Load Auto Progressive Press

Hornady Lock-N-Load Auto Progressive Press

Again, choosing what kind of press you need is a very personal choice, and one that you need to think about and research.

The purpose of the press, of course, is to hold the cartridge cases to be reloaded and the reloading dies…

Do Or Dies
New reloaders can be stunned by the sheer variety of dies available. There are dies that push out spent primers and reshape only the neck of a rifle cartridge case. There are dies that resize the entire length of the case. There are dies that slightly bell the mouth of a case and fill it with powder.

There are dies that seat bullets, and dies that crimp cases mouths around those bullets. There are dies to form and trim one type of cartridge case into a completely different cartridge case. There are almost endless variations of all these types of dies, with several choices for each caliber, and sometimes in calibers you’ve never even heard of.

If you are a rookie reloader, don’t get caught up in all the types of dies. Stay narrow and focused. Choose one specific caliber to reload at first and get a die set from a reputable maker to start with. Learn that set of dies first, and only after you’ve reloaded with it for a while and start to really understand it, then branch out into other types of dies if you want. But start simple at first.

Think of it as similar to learning the rifle shooting fundamentals of proper position, breath control, trigger control and follow through before you start worrying about wind formulas, mil-dot ranging formulas or spin drift. Crawl first; then walk.

All That Other Stuff                                                                                                                                                                                                             Of course, there is a lot of other stuff you’ll need. To keep from getting overwhelmed with choices, rookie reloaders should focus on one specific caliber, and get only the accessories for that one caliber. Depending on the type and brand of press you bought, you will need a shellplate or shellholder to hold cases in the press. Typically, single-stage presses use shellholders, while progressive presses use shellplates. The instructions that come with your press will tell you how to identify the shellholder or ’plate you need.

You must also have some way of accurately measuring powder. Some die sets come with pre-calibrated scoops that tell you how much of which type powder to use. There are powder hoppers that mount directly onto your bench, or mount onto progressive presses and can be adjusted to throw different sized powder charges. There are even more expensive automatic powder measuring systems available. Again, think carefully about your specific goals and needs when deciding on how to measure powder. Do you want to carefully handcraft a few rounds of highly-accurate ammo for a specific rifle? Or crank out mass quantities of practice or plinking ammo?

Lyman 1200 Pro Tumblers: Lyman’s best-selling tumbler, the 1200 Pro is a great entry-level tumbler at an entry-level price, with an added bonus. It also features a built-in sifter lid for quick and easy media separation, so it saves you the cost of buying a separate sifter. Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2012/09/reload-your-own-ammo/#ixzz31ysrIjUy  Under Creative Commons License: Attribution  Follow us: @Ammoland on Twitter | Ammoland on Facebook

Lyman 1200 Pro Tumblers: Lyman’s best-selling tumbler, the 1200 Pro is a great entry-level tumbler at an entry-level price, with an added bonus. It also features a built-in sifter lid for quick and easy media separation, so it saves you the cost of buying a separate sifter.

A reloading scale of some sort is a must. Reloading scales are available in traditional balance beam or electronic models, and are calibrated in grains, the standard unit of measure used in the United States for reloading. The scale will help you set powder charges, weigh bullets, and verify that your powder measure is consistently throwing the correct-weight charge. You will also need a precision measuring tool accurate to within .001″, like a standard dial or electronic caliper. Especially if you are reloading for a semi-automatic, your rounds need to be kept to the correct overall length to ensure proper feeding from the magazine. If you plan on reloading rifle cartridges, you absolutely need a case trimmer. Lots of handgun cartridges can be reloaded without trimming, but most rifle cartridges produce pressures high enough to make the brass “flow” when fired, increasing the length of the case. If you really get into reloading, you will eventually have to buy a case trimmer anyway, along with a tool to deburr trimmed cases so bullets seat smoothly.

Optional, But Nice To Have
Most people like to clean off their brass before they reload, and a case cleaner is a good purchase. There are vibratory case cleaners, tumblers , even sonic cleaners that use liquid solutions and high-frequency sound waves to get all the grit and grime off cartridge cases. Think about which method of cleaning cases works for you. How much room do you have in your reloading area? What part of the house is it in? Some of these cleaners can be quite loud when they’re operating.

And while you don’t have to purchase one, a chronograph is the best way to find out how well your reloads are performing. A chronograph helps you measure bullet velocities to determine how consistent your reloads are; the more consistent and repeatable, the more it helps accuracy. Especially if you want to work up a load customized for your specific firearm, a chronograph is a very good purchase.

As with golf, duck hunting, homebrewing, or any hobby you get into seriously, you may eventually wind up accumulating quite a bit of reloading equipment. But you don’t need it all at once to get started successfully. Choose one caliber to begin with, and then at the bare minimum, buy a press, set of dies, the correct shellplate or shellholder, powder measuring tools, a reloading scale and calipers. If you’re reloading rifle cartridges, add a case trimmer and associated tools. If you plan on getting serious about reloading, invest in a case cleaner and a chronograph. And above all else, find some good, quality reloading manuals and read them, read them, read them. Did I mention reading the manual? The manual keeps you from meeting Mr. KABOOM.

Once you do finally get your reloading gear set up, you too can experience the thrill and satisfaction of shooting targets with ammo that you made, all by yourself.

 

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