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New products from SHOT Show have real sales potential.

New Products From SHOT SHOW Have Real Sales Potential

Santa Claus may come in December, but for most shooters and handloaders the big news is stuffed into our stockings around the middle of January. That's when the SHOT SHOW is held and all the new equipment is brought out of those dark and guarded R&D departments.

When we get to see the new products, it's Christmas morning all over again.

What's New At Nosler Bullets?

For a reviewer, the only question is: Where do I start? I guess I'll arbitrarily begin with some Nosler bullets, because this firm has continually been expanding its product line quietly. When I first began writing about reloading, Nosler was only associated with big-game projectiles known as the "Partition (R)", which was a premium bullet that gave excellent controlled expansion for virtually positive expansion and adequate weight retention. It has always given me perfect performances on big game when I've used it.

But the Partition was an expensive bullet to make, and as a result the company could offer only 50 Partitions for the price paid for 100 other bullets. This didn't generate a great market share for Nosler, so eventually Nosler also began making the so-called "Solid Base" bullets which, because they didn't have the 2-core construction, could be made for the popular priced market.

Then along came Nosler's "Ballistic Tip" bullets, which have a hard polycarbonate tip (in various colors depending on caliber) to retain an efficient ballistics shape despite being bumped around in the magazine. The polycarbonate tip has a lengthy stem working backward into the lead core, and there's a slight setback cavity which permits the plastic tip to ram backward on contact with a target and to begin a mushrooming action. From everything I've heard, the concept has worked nicely while delivering good accuracy to boot.

Finally, along came Nosler's entry into the handgun bullet field. With the growing activity in this field, Nosler had to take advantage of the market and put its prestigious name on some items, which it did. So we'll begin there and mention Nosler's handgun bullet entries for 1989. These consist of a 170-grain Hollow Point Jacketed bullet for the new 10mm Auto. The bullet has a 0.400-inch diameter and is without a cannelure. I have seen no reloading data for it, but at its weight and diameter it should generate stiff velocities over the high pressures allowed in the 10mm.

Another introduction by Nosler is the 250-bullet packs for both their 158-grain .38/.357 and 240-grain .44 JHPs. Nosler reasons that people who use these weights and types shoot a lot, and by packaging by 250s they can give maximum value per dollar to the reloader.

In rifle bullets, Nosler has reintroduced the 300-grain Spitzer Partition for the .375 H&H Magnum and .378 Weatherby rounds. That nugget was absent from the Nosler line for about 10 years, but it seems that a renewed interest in heavy-caliber rifles is making a market in the .375, .338, and now the .416.

Not everyone is going to Africa on safari, but there seems to be plenty handloaders who enjoy shooting the hefty calibers in gravel pits, off the bench, or on stateside elk and bear and moose. Whatever. The 300-grain .375 Partition is back in a streamlined Spitzer mode.

A trend that has been gathering steam is reflected in Nosler's introduction of a 68-grain JHP for the .22 centerfires, essentially the .223 Remington with quick rifling rates in such guns as the Ruger Mini-14. This is a Solid Base item, and it should deliver excellent accuracy through such steep rifling rates. I'm not sure if the 68 grainer is recommended for big game; Nosler's data sheets make no such claims but dote instead on enhanced stability for accuracy.

While the 68-grain .22-caliber pill completes Nosler's 1989 introductions, it carries us into mention of a new Winchester load for the .223 Remington, namely, a 65-grain Power Point that is designed for deer hunting. I guess so many hunters are taking their little .223s deer hunting nowadays that Winchester thought better of fighting them and simply joined them. Frankly, I've heard of more deer being wounded and lost with the .223 in recent seasons, but chaps who get the swoons over an assault-type rifle will probably have to take one out there and play survivalist or mercenary or some such thing. True, a well-placed .223 will drop a deer in its tracks, but a miss of those vital areas leaves the deer running, an inhumane assault. I've always felt that more bullet energy provides a better knockdown potential on misses of the vitals, but apparently others don't. As a dealer, you're business bound to take the money those gunks offer for ultra-light deer loads, but you don't have to like it. Winchester's loads may be very excellent in velocity (they're said to do 3,020 fps), but I'm not totally inexperienced at deer hunting and field dressing, and I'm not sure that we're ready to boom the .22s as bona fide deer rigs on a universal basis, not when most hunters don't even know where the vital areas of a deer are -- much less hit them!

Lee Precision, Inc.

When it comes to lead bullet molds, Lee Precision, Inc., is offering a service that should be of interest to handloaders who complain that they can't get the exact bullet they want. Lee Precision will make custom molds (within certain manufacturing limits) for the same price as their standard molds -- but there's a $100.00 set-up charge. Anyone interested can contact the company (4275 Hwy "U", Dept. SI, Hartford, WI 53027) for a free design assistance sheet. Just include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request.

What's New At Lyman?

Speaking of molds, Lyman has come up with a new pair for '89. One of them is geared to the quite-new Remington introduction and standardization of the great .35 Whelan cartridge. It's a round-nosed 280-grain gas-check number, and it will undoubtedly deliver some excellent accuracy. According to the drawing I have, the bullet mold gives a 0.360-inch diameter on the driving bands while the nose segment has a diameter of 0.350-inch to ride the lands. It would be interesting to see if these slugs, cast hard, could knock over silhouettes; for their blunt noses will apparently deliver one heck of a wallop to whatever they hit.

The second Lyman mold of interest is a 6.5mm designed to produce a 140-grain gas-check projectile. This is a lengthy javelin with multiple lubricating grooves. Its blueprint diameter for the driving bands is 0.266-inch, while its nose diameter of 0.257-inch. Although the 6.5mm isn't popular stateside, there are some who love it and will relish this mold for the various military 6.5s or the Remington 6.5mm Magnum and maybe even the .256 Newton or .264 Winchester Magnum. Too, there are some current wildcats of 6.5mm being used in the long-barreled handguns of silhouette shooting and even handgun hunting and varminting. If you have any of these fans of the 6.5 around, be sure to draw their attention to this new Lyman mold (#266469).

To meet the changing times, Lyman has also come up with a 3-die reloading kit for the .35 Whelan, the kit including a resizer/decapper, a 2-step M-die, and a bullet seater. Frankly, I'd not want to reload lead bullets without a Lyman M-die at hand.

I believe it's one of the best items ever for improved bullet seating, both lead and jacketed, and if your customers haven't discovered it you'd do them a favor by grabbing their noses and leading the way.

Also new from Lyman is the Internal Flash Hole Uniformer. In the past, experimenters learned that getting the primer flash to the powder uniformly is an important aspect of good loading. Unfortunately, when brass cartridge cases are manufactured they aren't always given uniform flash holes; the punch can leave a burr around the hole to produce one priming flash in one case and a different flash to the powder in another. The Flash Hole Uniformer seeks to eliminate variances.

It's simply a long, screw-driver-type tool with a tip made for removing inside burrs. The tool is inserted into the case mouth, the tip worked into the flash hole, and then the tool is torqued to cut off burrs. Many reloaders will be interested in this, and it's readily affordable, with a suggested retail price of $8.50.

Finally, Lyman has done something that should attract plenty of attention from metallic reloaders.

They've come up with a clear, see-through top on a case tumbler. We've all heard of the Lyman Turbo tumbler line, of course, but for 1989 there's a Model 600 which, known as the "Pop Top," can be had for either 110V or 220V. The published capacity is one pound of media and 175 .38 Special hulls (or the equivalent).

The important feature is the clear acrylic cover that lets one watch the carryings-on. Indeed, how many times hasn't a handloader wondered how his cases were shaping up but couldn't see and didn't want to stop the machine to look? Now we can just watch `em tumble the way we watch popcorn explode in some equally clear-topped poppers. Owners of the original M600 Turbo can convert to the clear top by getting a conversion kit consisting of the new, clear, Pop Top and stemware for $29.95 (suggested retail price). Otherwise, the new clear-dome M600 goes for $119.95 (suggested retail price).

Earlier on, I worked with the Lyman Acculine products, which are also entries in their 1989 catalog, and I found them to work very well as economical units. My only negative observation was that the Acculine scale was rather light and subject to table tremors and accidental movement. I still like the heavier Lyman scales numbered 500 and 1000. After many years of service, my old Lyman D-4 still checks out perfectly with Lyman's scale weight check set, which is a fine little accessory (catalog #7752313).

Hornady Mfg. Company

Just in the door arrived something that makes the heart of this ol' shotgunner feel good. Hornady, normally associated with jacketed rifle bullets, has introduced a Shotgun Patterning Kit (catalog #010100). This isn't a grandiose rig, highly priced, that'll turn off casual shotgunners, most of whom seldom shoot more than a few patterns per summer. Indeed, it's a convenient, inexpensive, yet totally complete outfit for Joe Average who only wants to pattern when he gets a new reload going or wants to test for point of impact because he shot a terrible score in last week's trap league.

The kit comes in a heavy cardboard package, and the packaging is, in reality, the patterning board. Inside are three hardwood stakes which fit into perforations stamped into the cardboard; these give the cardboard adequate support to stand straight. The stakes are also pointy so that they can be forced into the ground, tapped there by a mallet, or by the pressure of one's heel. Each kit contains five patterning sheets 36 inches square, and they fit on the upright cardboard. The patterning sheets are imprinted with a lifesize print of a mallard, dove, or pheasant. Additional sheets can be had for further testing; the packs include 10 sheets for $9.95 (suggested retail price).

And just how long can a cardboard last? Hornady says at least 30 shots. That's enough to get most shooters through two years of occasional patterning. And if they want, they can fashion their own sheets by mooching off the local butcher shop.

In my own opinion, the Hornady patterning outfit is something that'll help shooters who wouldn't pattern otherwise, because they don't have the materials handy. Now, for a mere ten bucks, they can prop up a board at the far end of a trap field or behind Uncle Hank's cow barn and pattern at will. Even if casual chaps don't count pellet holes and figure efficiencies scientifically, the big point to be made in the sales of this Hornady kit is accuracy. Do any of your customers really know where their squaw guns are really hitting? More than a few trap targets and game birds are being missed because hunters aren't getting the pattern on center, either because of an off-center bore or because of their own quirks. Hornady's kit will help them out at a mighty nominal price.

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Title Annotation:reloading ammunition
Author:Zutz, Don
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Date:Mar 1, 1989
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