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Shooting Times November 2019

Every issue of Shooting Times brings you exciting, authoritative coverage of guns, ammunition, reloading, and the shooting sports. Written for the experienced and novice gun enthusiast by focusing on new product developments and activities in the shooting industry.

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
lever actions are my favorites

I just finished Joel Hutchcroft’s article on the Winchester Model 1895 in the July issue. I find lever actions among my favorite rifles, the 1895 as well! It’s nice to read about the ’95 coming back! Which leads me to a thought: I wonder if Winchester will ever reintroduce the 1894 without the (ugly) side-eject cutout. I’d find a way to afford one if the “old” top-ejecting ’94 came back. Tom Lundgren Via email New Cartridges for Reproduction Guns There is a need for a new cartridge for classic reproduction guns. The new one should be called the .38 Remington Extra Long. It would be identical to the .357 Remington Magnum, but the lettering would look better on single-action revolvers and lever-action rifles. While I’m at it, let’s have a .44 Remington Extra Long,…

2 min.
berger 156-gr. 6.5mm eol elite hunter

BERGER’S NEW 156-GRAIN 6.5MM EOL ELITE HUNTER BULLETS ARE purpose-built for hunters who demand a heavy bullet for their 6.5 Creed-moor, 6.5 PRC, 26 Nosler, and other 6.5mm rifles. (Minimum recommended twist rate is 1:8.) EOL stands for Extreme Outer Limits, and this new sleek EOL Elite Hunter bullet is the “heaviest in class” and has an ultra-high ballistic coefficient (G1 BC is 0.679; G7 BC is 0.347) and increased sectional density. It utilizes Berger’s hybrid ogive design that blends tangent and secant designs to optimize efficiency, reduce wind-drift, and minimize sensitivity to seating depth. MSRP: $57.99 per 100 bergerbullets.com LWRCI SMG .45 ACP The new SMG is LWRCI’s first pistol-caliber carbine. The .45 ACP SMG uses a delayed-blowback operating system, U.S.-manufactured UMP magazines, and many of the same fully ambidextrous controls as…

1 min.
energy figures for hunting rounds?

Q: I ENJOYED THE FEATURES AND departments in the October issue, but I would have liked them even more if all the charts had listed the energy figures for the hunting cartridges. Only Steve Gash’s article on the 6.5 Grendel had energy data. Can you please give me the energy figures for the 6.5 PRC, 6.5-284 Norma, 6.5 Remington Magnum, .270 Winchester, and .350 Legend loadings based on the velocity data in the charts for those respective articles? William Mitchell Via email A: Here are those energy figures as determined by an online energy calculator. Joel J. Hutchcroft .45 Colt Ammo for the Model 1873 Lever Action? Q: If I were to purchase a Uberti Model 1873 .45 Colt lever action with a 24-inch barrel, exactly what type of bullets would I need to purchase to…

4 min.
pre-’64 winchester model 70 .300 h&h

WINCHESTER WAS THE FIRST COMPANY TO INTRO - duce a Mauser-type bolt-action rifle engineered specifically for the commercial market, initially as the Model 54 in 1925. Nine years later, a refined version with a much better trigger design was introduced as the Model 70, and history was made. There are those who argue to this day that the Pre’64 Model 70 is the finest bolt-action sporting design ever made. The controlled-feed design incorporates Paul Mauser’s burly claw-type, non-rotating extractor, which is the strongest extractor ever used on a bolt-action rifle. Plus, Model 70s are strong yet sleek, precise yet reliable, and when properly built, they provide outstanding accuracy coupled with unequaled smoothness. As most Winchester aficionados know, the best of the breed came before 1964, when cost-cutting measures resulted in a…

5 min.
put the .357 maximum where it works

WE BALLISTICS TYPES ALL KNOW SAD STORIES about cartridges that showed great potential but failed shortly after leaving the launch pad. One, intended as a “super” revolver cartridge, failed to make the grade in firearms with cylinders but is a fine performer in other platforms. It is the .357 Remington Maximum. The cartridge made its debut in 1983 in the Ruger New Model Blackhawk single-action revolver. Later, Dan Wesson Firearms made double-action revolvers, and Thompson/Center offered single-shot Contender pistol barrels. H&R and Savage both chambered the .357 Maximum in single-shot rifles or combo guns. The .357 Maximum is a “stretched” .357 Magnum case; it’s about 0.315 inch longer than its parent. Maximum average pressure (MAP) was set at 40,000 psi/48,000 CUP, substantially higher than the .357 Magnum. Industry specs call out a…

5 min.
a short primer on headspace

WHAT FOLLOWS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DULL, boring treatise about a dull, boring topic. My intent is to provide clear and concise insight into an important safety and reliability factor that a competent handloader will consider when preparing brass for reloading. So what is headspace, why is it important, and how does one ensure achieving proper headspace when making safe and reliable handloads? A practical, descriptive definition of headspace is how well the cartridge fits the gun’s chamber. Obviously, handloads must have the correct and reliable energetic components (primers and propellant). The cartridge case must have a tight primer pocket, proper size flash hole, adequate neck tension, and no defects that might cause it to rupture and leak hot gases when the round is fired. Another, less obvious, criterion you must…