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The 1992 reloading round-up.

Handloaders have never had it better. The number of new products on the market this year leaves very little to be desired and an advanced handloader can just about turn out whatever specialty ammunition he wants.

Not all of the additions come from traditional suppliers however, nor do they take on traditional forms. New names have been cropping up, especially among the component suppliers, and there are new concepts, pointing toward the future.

Fiocchi of America, for example, has introduced lead-free pistol primers and Barnes Bullets Inc. has brought out a highly successful big game bullet without a lead core which still penetrates and expands effectively. Thus, dealers with a mind toward serving their customers needs and an eye cocked to the future will want to be aware of what's going on in the reloading industry.

Accurate Arms Co.

Accurate Arms of McEwen, Tenn., continues to extend its line of imported powders for metallic and shotshell reloading. The latest introductions are a pair of rifle propellants in 2700 and 4350. Both extruded and ball-type powders are included. Accurate Arms powders are made with nitrocotton for consistency and are shipped from Israel.

ACTIV Industries

Kearneysville, W.V.-based ACTIV offers shotshell reloading components to fit its ACTIV family of all-plastic shotshells. The company's TG-30 wad is an excellent fit for this hull plus any others with a cylindrical interior. Data booklets are available and they include information for using ACTIV components in other hulls as well.

Ballisti-Cast

Ballisti-Cast, based in Parshall, N.D., makes fully automatic casting and sizing machines for reloaders who focus on high-volume production. With a two-cavity mould, the Mark 11 has a rate of approximately 2,400 cast bullets per hour.

Barnes Bullets

American Fork, Utah-based Barnes offers what might very well be the most revolutionary step in bullet design and construction -- the X Bullet. Sensing the trend away from lead, Barnes' X-Bullet is of pure copper wall construction with adequate weight and expansion for listing with premium hunting bullets. Because of its design and metal composition, its nose doesn't deform under recoil forces while in the magazine. The X-Bullet also has excellent balance for great accuracy potential.

Blount

Blount, based in Lewiston, Idaho, is the parent company of the RCBS and Speer/CCI lines. In the RCBS line, the AmmoMaster presses are gaining attention. This is a pair of new designs made in both single-stage and progressive models. The progressive mode can be indexed manually or mechanically. The list of other RCBS accessories is extensive.

In the Speer/CCI line, an emphasis is placed on the UNI-COR handgun bullets which use a special process to bond the pure copper jacket and lead core against separation on impact. After bonding, the bullets are swaged a second time for optimum accuracy. Three new UNI-COR bullets for 1992 include a 180-grain 0.400-inch TMJ, a 180-grain 0.410-inch HP, and a 325-grain 0.500-inch HP. There is also a 350-grain, flat-nose bullet casting mould for the suddenly popular .416-caliber rifles. Too, CCI's pair of shotshell primers -- the standard 209 and the 209 Magnum -- have stood the test of time.

Claybuster

Hopkinsville, Ky.-based Claybuster's wads have come on strong as clones of the designs formerly sold only by the major manufacturers such as Remington, Federal and Winchester. Patent expirations have also allowed Claybuster to copy these wads and offer them at lower prices. The line of Claybuster wads is constantly increasing.

Fiocchi of America

Fiocchi, based in Ozark, Mo., has jumped into the U.S. shotshell reloading market with a number of different components. The newest is a 12-gauge target wad with multiple gas seals and a 1 1/8-ounce capacity. The wad is mainly fitted to the Fiocchi hulls but can be employed in other cases with cylindrical interiors.

An interesting development at Fiocchi is a pair of lead-free pistol primers cataloged as the 535L. The particles of lead strewn about by conventional primers, which have lead styphnate in them, are considered a health hazard, and OSHA will soon require lead-free primers. Fiocchi is the first to publicize such a primer, which will come in handy for indoor pistol ranges.

Forster Products

Lanark, Ill.-based Forster continues its line of high-quality metallic reloading equipment, which includes the Bonanza press and Benchrest dies. Much in the Forster catalog appeals to advanced handloaders and serious accuracy shooters. New for 1992 is a power adapter which invites the use of a cordless screwdriver for use on the Forster cast trimmer. There is also a case trimmer kit complete with case-holding bullets in all popular calibers.

Hercules

Wilmington, Del.-based Hercules is the major American powder supplier at this time, well established with its family of "Dot" powders for shotshells and handgun rounds and the "Reloder" numbers for rifle cartridges.

Although Hercules did not introduce any new powders for 1992, it has expanded its data booklet, the Reloaders' Guide for Hercules Smokeless Powders, to include lead shot reloading data for the 3 1/2-inch 12-gauge Magnum, extra-heavy turkey reloads for the 10-gauge Magnum and high-velocity listings for the new 28-gram International target loads. Silhouette and centerfire coverage is extensive.

Hodgdon Powder Co.

Hodgdon of Shawnee Mission, Kan., launched a new target-type shotshell powder late in 1991 and it will be coming into its own during the 1992 season. Called CLAYS, it is a porous, disc-type powder which is imported from Australia. CLAYS is a low-recoil powder which burns very cleanly. Hodgdon's entire line of propellants remains extensive with both Spherical and extruded types covering shotshell, rifle and handgun. The company makes every effort to keep data readily available and publishes its own hardcover manual.

Hornady Manufacturing Co.

Hornady, based in Grand Island, Neb., works both sides of the street, making shotshell and metallic equipment and components. Hornady bullets use the aerodynamically efficient secant ogive design and an internal Inter Lock method of holding the bullet's lead core to the jacket for weight retention on impact. For 1992 there will be a 45-grain .22 caliber bullet called the Bee along with a swaged 180-grain lead SWC bullet for the 10mm.

In addition to its well-established 366 progressive shotshell press, Hornady now offers a second shotshell press -- the APEX-91 -- which is boomed as a versatile rig that can go easily from single stage to manual indexing or automatic indexing as the hobbyist chooses. In the fully automated mode, the APEX-91 is said to turn out 600 loads per hour. It can be bought as the APEX-91 Standard, which is the single-stage version, or as the APEX-91 Auto, which is the full-progressive model. Accessories can be bought to bring the Standard up to Auto mode.

Lee Precision

Lee Precision of Hartford, Wis., has long been a leader in innovative designs made to sell at reasonable prices. The company's new Lee Perfect Powder Measure is economically priced while having meaningful features to halt powder bridging via a tapered drop tube and to eliminate drum binding, all with a smooth, short stroke.

New also is the Lee Load-Master, which is an O-frame progressive press for metallics. Massively built with a 1 3/4-inch-diameter ram, it also packs quickly removable turrets for quick, easy conversions.

Lyman Products

Dating back to 1878, Middlefield, Conn.-based Lyman currently operates in the field of metallic reloading equipment and black powder guns and accessories. For 1992, the four-die pistol sets will have a built-in powder drop system while there will also be new case-length head space gauges along with a high-capacity Mag Tumbler and a totally fresh design, the Tubby Tumbler, which has a clear plastic "see-through" lid.

Mayville Engineering Co.

Mayville Engineering of Mayville, Wis., offers the most extensive line of shotshell reloading presses along with its own line of steel shot components. The thrust for 1992 will be the newer versions of the 9000 Series along with the Steelmaster which has special features for use with steel shot. Mayville offers free literature covering handloading, including a special booklet about steel shot with lab-tested data.

Nosler

Nosler, based in Bend, Ore., is adding to its Ballistic Tip and Partition bullets for 1992. For the first time in reloading history, a premium bullet will be made for the .30-30 -- a Nosler Partition in the popular 170-grain, round-nose style. Ballistic Tip hunting, bullets will be available in 95-grain 6mm, 100-grain 6.5mm, 120-grain 7mm, and 200-grain .338. Two 10mm/.40 caliber pistol bullets also joining the Nosler family are a 135-grain JHP and a 180-grain JHP.

PMC/Eldorado Cartridge

Boulder City, Nev.-based PMC/Eldorado Cartridge Co. has branched into the handloading, component business with bullets and, more importantly, brass cases for obsolete cartridges such as the Ross, Newton, Hoffman, Jeffrey and Rigby rounds. Available bullets span a broad spectrum.

Pattern Control

Based in Garland, Texas, Pattern Control focuses on replacement wads and plastic baffles for Mayville Engineering presses. In the line is a postwad which helps open patterns of full-choked guns to about modified choke for trapshooting and hunting. Plastic shotshell boxes are also in the line.

Ponsness/Warren

Rathdrum, Idaho-based Ponsness/Warren turns out high-quality presses for both shotshell and metallic reloading. A new feature is a foot-operated device for progressive loading.

Redding Reloading Equipment

Operating out of Cortland, N.Y., Redding has a long history of making quality equipment for rifle and handgun reloading. The firm also handles SAECO bullet moulds.

Reloading Specialties

Based in Pine Island, Minn., Reloading Specialities is a rather new supplier of steel shot components and equipment. A full range of steel shot sizes, number 7 through F, are available.

Scot Powder Co. of Ohio

McArthur, Ohio-based Scot Powder has been gaining fans with its line of "Solo" powders which are extremely clean burning. While the Solo numbers are single-based propellants, the company offers another line of double-based powders that also has garnered a following for skeet and trap. Extensive reloading data is made available by the company, including data for handgun reloads which can also utilize the same powders. Scot powders are imported from Scotland are are made of nitrocotton for consistency of ignition and combustion. The Solo numbers include 1000 for target and light field reloads, 1250 for heavy target and intermediate-weight hunting loads, and 1500 for magnum and steel shot loads.

Sierra Bullets

Recently relocated to Sedalia, Mo., Sierra Bullets may have changed its address but not its goals of producing sleek, accurate, jacketed bullets. The company's Power Jacket handgun bullets are made to expand rapidly and uniformly. The hunting and target bullets have shapes designed for optimum aerodynamic efficiency.

New for 1992 are three bullets: a 165-grain Power Jacket 10mm/.40 caliber JHP, a 160-grain 6.5mm semi-pointed Pro-Hunter, and a 155-grain .30 caliber Matchking. Sierra also lists some uncommonly long, heavy, specialty bullets with high ballistic coefficients for long-range shooting, such as an 80-grain .224 Matchking and a 240-grain .30 caliber Matchking.

Tru-Square

Tru-Square Metal Products of Auburn, Wash., manufactures three models of case tumblers for polishing and deburring. The UV-18 has a 6 quart capacity and holds 200 to 700 cartridges; the UV-10 has a 3 quart bin and polishes 125 to 400 cartridges; and the UV-45 has a giant 19 quart tumbler which holds 1,000 to 3,000 cartridges.

All of the tumblers feature all-steel construction and come with a full one-year warranty.

Winchester/Olin

East Alton, Ill.-based Winchester has a new line of Ball Powders -- Super-Lite, Super Target and Super Field. All have been accepted by reloading hobbyists and Winchester continues to make extensive data available for them. The versatile 16-gauge wad is now well-distributed and has improved the handloader's ability to assemble 1-ounce reloads for this neglected intermediate gauge.

Winchester bullets have become available for handloading but they must be obtained through a participating distributor who buys in bulk.
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Title Annotation:review of bullet reloading machines
Author:Zutz, Don
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Date:Apr 1, 1992
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