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Shooting Times December/January 2019-20

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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
semiauto cartridges in revolvers

THE ARTICLE ON TAURUS’S .380 ACP REVOLVER BY BRAD MILLER IN THE September issue was well written. That said, I have never understood any advantage to chambering semiauto rounds in a revolver. This takes away the revolver’s biggest advantage: ease of simple operation. Having to use moon clips takes that advantage away. With my 77-year-old arthritic hands, moon clips are difficult for me to handle, and the idea of ejecting spent cases with a foreign rod or pencil is unacceptable to me. If a 90-grain .38 Special non-Plus P has too much recoil, then I would go for the .22 Magnum. Effective defensive power with it would probably be about the same as the .380 ACP, with less recoil and six rounds instead of five. Phil Witte Phoenix, AZ A Remington Model 510 Fan I enjoyed…

2 min.
ruger pc carbine

THE NEWEST CONFIGURATION OF RUGER’S POPULAR 9mm PC Carbine comes with a black synthetic stock and a free-floating aluminum handguard with Magpul M-LOK accessory slots. Barrel length is 16.12 inches, overall length is 34.37 inches, and weight is 7 pounds. Length of pull is adjustable from 12.62 inches to 14.12 inches via buttpad spacers. The rear sight is an adjustable ghost ring, and the front sight is a protected blade. The muzzle is threaded; the receiver features an integral Picatinny top rail; and two interchangeable magazine wells that accept common Ruger or Glock magazines are included. MSRP: $729 ruger.com Norma ENVY PCC 9mm Ammunition Norma’s new line of ENVY ammunition is designed specifically for Pistol Caliber Carbines. The new ammunition is loaded with a 124-grain FMJ bullet at a factory-rated velocity of 1,345 fps.…

4 min.
which load is correct?

Q: In Joseph von Benedikt’s article on the new aluminum-tipped Hornady A-Tip bullets in the November issue, the accuracy and velocity chart lists a charge of 40.8 grains of Reloder 16 powder under the 110-grain 6mm bullet, but the photo of the target shown on page 24 had 40.0 grains handwritten on it. Which powder charge is correct? Bobby Ramsey Via email A: That target was shot with a charge of 40.0 grains of Reloder 16, but I later discovered that I got more consistent extreme spreads and standard deviations with 40.8 grains, which is the load for the data in the accuracy chart. So, both loads are correct, but I listed only the one in the chart. Joseph von Benedikt Q: Carry a Model 1894 with a Round in the Chamber? In the September issue,…

5 min.
mosin nagant “three line” rifle m1891

AFTER A SOUND TROUNCING DURING THE RUSSO- Turkish War of 1877–1878, Russia decided it was time to get modern and arm her troops with repeating rifles. A relatively unfriendly design war was consequently fought with thorough zest, with elements of rifles by Capt. Sergei Ivanovich Mosin and Léon Nagant eventually combined and became the трёхлинейная винтовка образца 1891 года, or “Three-Line” Rifle M1891. Three-line referred to the caliber, which was nominally 0.3 inch. That’s measuring the bore diameter before rifling grooves were created. At the time, in Russian rifle speak, a “line” denoted 0.10 inch. The cartridge designed for this rifle also wore the Three-Line name and was designated the Трехлинейный патрон образца 1891 года, or Three-Line Cartridge Model of 1891. When Russia later adopted the metric system, it was redesignated.…

4 min.
penetration and “bulletproof” materials

ONE OF MY FAVORITE TV SHOWS INVOLVED TWO guys who tested urban myths—you know the one. Most of their efforts applied good science, but their forays into ballistics matters occasionally drifted, such as their description of how a tracer bullet works and their bullet-penetration testing. They typically tested penetration at very short distances and made general conclusions from that. They should have checked at the library. One of the most informative books you can study is Hatcher’s Notebook , a collection of factual information accumulated over the years by Gen. Julian S. Hatcher, one of the great minds in ballistics. On pages 406 and 407 of the Third Edition (1962) are two photographs that express more about penetration of spin-stabilized projectiles than can be said in several TV episodes. The photos…

2 min.
loading the .30-06 ackley improved

THE MOST PROLIFIC CREATOR OF WILDCAT CAR- tridges was P.O. Ackley. During the 1940s and ’50s, he developed an extensive portfolio that became widely known as Ackley Improved (AI) wildcats. Ackley’s signature features included a less tapered case and an abrupt 40-degree shoulder angle, both to increase case capacity. He also developed several belted “short” magnums based on the .300 H&H case. One key feature of the AI chamber is that it maintains the same headspace as the parent case. That means factory ammo can be safely and reliably fired in a rifle chambered for an AI cartridge. During the nearly 50 years I’ve enjoyed handloading, I’ve experimented with several wildcats, including a few of Ackley’s, such as the .257 AI and the .280 AI. My latest foray into experimenting with a…