The special extruded-flake formulation results in excellent ballistics in a wide array of centerfire pistol loads, with high energy, an ideal burn speed and less flash. It meters well and is available in 1- and 8-pound canisters. Like all Alliant Powder offerings, BE-86 provides superior lot-to-lot consistency. This powder provides improved flow, contains flash suppressant and is versatile. It’s primarily meant for pistols loads, and is excellent for the 9mm and .40 S&W. As a basis for comparison, Alliant lists a .38 Special load with a 125-grain JHP be loaded with 5.4 grains of BE-86 to achieve a velocity of 1,002 fps. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.alliantpowder.com/products/powder/be-86.aspx>http://www.alliantpowder.com</a> or call 800-379-1732.
Featuring Barnes’ patented X-Bullet technology, all-copper XPB bullets offer dramatically increased penetration over conventional jacketed lead-core bullets. These lead-free bullets provide superior expansion and weight retention. Their energy transfer is unsurpassed, making them ideal for hunting or self-defense. Barnes’ XPB bullets are exceptionally accurate and leave no residue to harm shooters in practice environments—they’re a must for reloaders. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.barnesbullets.com/products/new-products/new-barnes-xpb-bullets/>http://www.barnesbullets.com</a> or call 435-856-1000.
Berry’s Manufacturing has been making quality products for the shooting industry, including “preferred plated bullets,” since 1961. The company’s 400 Tumbler features quiet operation, a large 4-quart bowl, a clear lid, an in-line on/off switch, a large easy-grip knob, making it a breeze to use. The plastic parts have a limited lifetime warranty, while the motor has a 3-year warranty. The warranty is void if the unit is used for anything besides tumbling metallic cartridges with dry media. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14546-c47-g8-b0-p0-400_Tumbler.aspx>http://www.berrysmfg.com</a> or call 800-269-7373.
Another handloading innovation from Berry’s Manufacturing is the company’s Rotary Media Separator. Just empty your tumbler into the basket, give it a whirl and within seconds your brass is ready to use again. The outer clamshell lid snaps shut to keep the media and dust inside. No need for a bucket—a whole tumbler full of media can fit in the base. Its adjustable case separator also does a good job of separating range brass in a hurry. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14629-c47-g8-b0-p0-Berrys_Rotary_Media_Separator.aspx>http://www.berrysmfg.com</a> or call 800-269-7373.
The Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph provides accurate velocity measurements across a wide range of shooting conditions. Higher accuracy was achieved by using a high-speed 48 MHz processor and by designing a circuit with an advanced data interface that allows each unit to be computer calibrated at the factory after assembly. The end result is the ability to provide much better accuracy than other chronographs on the market—to within 0.25 percent. Although technologically advanced, the unit is designed to be simple to operate, displaying velocity in feet or meters per second on the large, built-in LCD screen. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.btibrands.com/product/ballistic-precision-chronograph/>http://www.btibrands.com</a> or call 877-509-9160.
In benchrest competition, there’s no such thing as a group that’s “too small.” Everything has to be tuned to the highest degree to produce match-winning results. That’s why CCI makes Benchrest primers. CCI’s skilled personnel put the priming mix in the cups so you get the same flame, shot after shot. They also use specially selected cups and anvils for added consistency. In fact, an independent researcher identified the use of CCI Benchrest primers as one of two factors that were the most significant contributors to tiny groups. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.cci-ammunition.com/products/primers/primers.aspx?id=27>http://www.cci-ammunition.com</a> or call 800-379-1732.
Dill Precision offers several reloading products. One of the newest includes the company’s Modified RL550 Toolhead for the RT1500 trimmer. This is the billet RL550 toolhead, modified so short cartridges such as the 300 AAC Blackout can be trimmed using the RT1500 electric case trimmer. This consists of the modified toolhead and the modified exhaust chip manifold. Another new introduction is the 1050 Short Trim Die Toolhead for short rifle cartridges like the 300 BLK. This specialty toolhead enables you to correctly trim and prepare short rifle cases on your RL/Super 1050. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.dillonprecision.com/content/p/9/pid/26247/catid/8/Modified_RL550_Toolhead_for_RT1500_Trimmer>http://www.dillonprecision.com</a> or call 800-762-3845.
The 1050 Toolhead from GSI International was specifically designed to trim 300 Blackout brass. The integral port allows the brass shavings to be evacuated—this makes for a much cleaner process. All the alignment pins and the casefeed cam are included with the toolhead. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.gsiinternational.com/300-blackout-1050-toolhead_8_4243_8667.html>http://www.gsiinternational.com</a> or call 877-951-1890.
To answer the need for flashless gunpowder, Hodgdon has introduced Stealth Powder. This flashless gunpowder allows a reported 39-percent faster target reacquisition in low light. No night-vision blooming and 22-percent cooler ignition for longer barrel life. Its mil-spec quality produces an extremely low amount of smoke and is clean burning. Based on independent testing, it is 13.8 percent more accurate than DODIC A483 match ammo with a pistol fired from a Ransom rest. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=https://www.hodgdon.com>http://www.hodgdon.com</a> or call 913-362-9455.
Handloaders looking to speed up their primer tube filling times now have a fast and fun method with the Hornady Lock-N-Load 1911 Auto Primer Tube Filler. Designed with user safety in mind, the ergonomic handle positions the tray at an optimum angle for feeding primers. The 1911 Auto Primer Tube Filler is powered by two easily replaceable AAA batteries and fills a 100-count primer tube in 10 to 15 seconds. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.hornady.com/store/Lock-N-Load-1911-Auto-Primer-Filler-Tube>http://www.hornady.com</a> or call 800-338-3220.
Hornady’s new Neck Turn Tool will save handloaders time and effort at the workbench. Designed for use on a wide variety of case lengths, the Hornady Neck Turn Tool allows for the use of a cordless drill to make neck turning faster and easier while providing superior consistency and surface finishes. An adjustment knob enables the user to choose detents for 0.0005-inch adjustment increments, or no detents for infinite adjustment. The Hornady Neck Turn tool is a winning solution for precision hand loaders who want to maximize their case productivity. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.hornady.com/store/Lock-N-Load-Neck-Turn-Tool>http://www.hornady.com</a> or call 800-338-3220.
Liberty Ammo is now offering packs of Silverado .223 Remington projectiles with .224 diameters and 55-grain weights. The lead-free, copper, monolithic, nickel-plated bullets have hollow points, and Liberty is offering 50 bullets per bag. The bullets have a sectional density of .157, a ballistic coefficient of .195, and they are recommended for use in barrels with 1-in-9-inch or faster twist rates. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://libertyammunition.com/product/silverado-223-rem-55-grain>http://www.libertyammo.com</a>.
Lyman’s new Ultimate Case Prep Kit gives reloaders all of their necessary case prep tools in one handy organized storage case. The kit contains: the E-Zee Case Gauge, the Magnum Inertia Bullet Puller with two collets, an extra-large deburr tool, an outside chamfer tool; a hole uniformer, a VLD chamfer tool, small and large primer pocket reamers, small and large primer pocket cleaners, small and large primer pocket uniformers; nylon case neck brushes and dry case neck lube. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/case-prep/ultimatecaseprepkit.php>http://www.lymanproducts.com</a> or call 800-225-9626.
MTM is offering several new ammo organizers for 2015. The .308 Ammo Can contains four, black, 100-round, plastic ammo boxes to keep you well stocked at the range. If that’s not enough to keep you shooting, load up your rounds in the company’s Ammo Crate. These are great ammunition organizers. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.mtmcase-gard.com>http://www.mtmcase-gard.com</a> or call 937-890-7461.
The new 28 Nosler cartridge is capable of shooting a 160-grain AccuBond at 3,300 fps, now topping the leaderboard of all 7mm hot-rod cartridges. The 28 Nosler shares the same parent case as the 26 Nosler as well as the combined overall length of 3.340 inches, allowing this cartridge to be operated in a standard-length action for lighter weight and a shorter bolt throw when compared to magnum-length actions. Of course, Nosler will be supporting this new cartridge with Nosler brass, Trophy Grade ammunition and naturally, its full line of M48 rifles in 26-inch barrel configurations. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.nosler.com/news-and-articles/2015/1/19/the-28-nosler>http://www.nosler.com</a> or call 800-285-3701.
Nosler supplemented several of their existing product lines with the new offerings for handloaders. The AccuBond Long Range bullet line is relatively young, but it was obvious that a heavier bullet was needed to take full advantage of the large powder capacity of the 26 Nosler cartridge introduced last year. With a massive ballistic coefficient, this new 6.5mm, 142-grain AccuBond LR will provide more energy and less drop at longer ranges than any other bullet in its class and will stabilize in standard 1-in-9-inch-twist barrels. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.nosler.com/accubond-long-range-bullet/>http://www.nosler.com</a> or call 800-285-3701.
Nosler’s patent-pending E-Tip bullet is built on a highly concentric structure of monolithic gilding metal, providing unsurpassed penetration and weight retention. The new 55-grain E-Tip will turn a traditional .22 centerfire varmint cartridge into a bona fide deer rifle. The new .30-caliber, 150-grain E-Tip will also dramatically increase penetration capabilities of the honored .30-30 Winchester. Last but certainly not least, the venerable .338-caliber, 225-grain E-Tip, with a ballistic coefficient of .611 and over 95-percent weight retention, offers “heavy” bullet benefits with “lighter” bullet velocities. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.nosler.com/e-tip-bullet/>http://www.nosler.com</a> or call 800-285-3701.
Ken Oehler has built a long-standing reputation as a leader in ballistics measurements devices. The Oehler 35P is an industry standard for chronographs. Building on this mountain of research, Oehler has just released its System 88. This hardware and software combination is state-of-the-art technology for measuring actual bullet time of flight, velocities and actual ballistic coefficients with acoustical microphones. This unit can be set up with recording sensors out to 1,000 yards to get the most accurate data possible. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.oehler-research.com>http://www.oehler-research.com</a> or call 800-531-5125.
Take reloading to the elite level with the new RCBS Pro Chucker five-station and seven-station auto-indexing progressive presses. The first seven-station auto-indexing press on the market, The Pro Chucker 7 features automatic indexing for maximum production with a load rate of approximately 600 rounds per hour. The quick-change die plate allows for fast caliber changes for even greater efficiency. Standard primer pick up tubes are used with the safety-shielded priming system. Spent primers are efficiently dropped from the bottom of the press to be captured in a trash receptacle. The large-capacity Quick Change powder measure reduces the number of times you have to fill the powder hopper. Plus, the Quick Change drain tube allows you to drain the powder measure without removing it from the press. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://rcbs.com>http://www.rcbs.com</a> or call 800-379-1732.
Sharpshooter was able to perfect a simple process that makes it easy to reload .22 LR ammunition. The kit has two bullet molds. The first mold is a 25-grain solid point that can reach velocities of 1,730 fps. It can also be loaded with powder using match heads to 550 fps. The second bullet mold is a 38-grain round nose that reaches velocities of 1,320 fps. For both molds, there is a crimping tool that precisely crimps the neck of the cartridge, providing proper ignition. Also included in the kit is every tool necessary to load .22 LRs: a rim cleaner, rim packer, powder funnel, powder dipper, eyedropper and a pamphlet with loading data and step-by-step illustrated instructions. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://22lrreloader.com/product/sharpshooter-22-lr-reloading-tool-kit/>http://www.22lrreloader.com</a>.
Sierra has enhanced a segment of the MatchKing line by adding the acetal resin tip, thus crowning the Tipped MatchKing (TMK) bullet line. The major advantage of adding a tip to the bullet is the reduction of drag, producing a more favorable ballistic coefficient. The 175-grain, .30-caliber MatchKing was created to allow .308 Winchester shooters to stay supersonic at 1,000 yards. The 175-grain TMK bullet is an excellent choice for F-Class matches, as well as 3-Gun and various other competitions. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=https://www.sierrabullets.com/products/new.cfm>http://www.sierrabullets.com</a> or call 888-223-3006.
A premier ammunition component supplier, Top Brass provides all levels of processing, from raw to ready-to-load brass cases. Top Brass provides rifle and pistol brass, and new this year is processed, once-fired 300 Blackout brass in 1,000-count jugs. Like other calibers, the 300 BLK brass is sorted, trimmed, cleaned, sized, polished and guaranteed to be once-fired. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.topbrass-inc.com/reloading-supplies/>http://www.topbrass-inc.com</a> or call 800-836-4683.
The TRIM-IT II is quite possibly one of the best case trimming and chamfering tools available today. The built-in micrometer adjuster offers supremely accurate cut-length control and easy adjustability. TRIM-IT interchangeable caliber dies allow you to trim virtually any pistol or rifle case with just one unit. Also, the new easily adjustable three-in-one cutter allows you to trim, chamfer and deburr. To put it simply, the TRIM-IT II is a cut above the rest. It can be used with a drill press or with a hand drill. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.eztrimit.com>http://www.eztrimit.com</a> or call 562-602-0080.
Setting new world records with any product provides a notable mark of excellence, and Western Powders’ new Accurate LT-30 has garnered that level of attention lately. Lou Murdica set a new 200-yard VFS Aggregate World Record loading new Accurate LT-30 in his .30 BR rifle. The National Bench Rest Shooters Association presented the award in October 2013. Accurate LT-30 is comparable in burn rate and pressure to IMR 4198, and works well in cartridges from .22 centerfire up to cartridges as large as .45-70 Government. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=https://www.westernpowders.com>http://www.westernpowders.com</a> or call 406-234-0422.
If you want to save yourself a ton of money, learn to roll your own ammo. Handloaders can save hundreds of dollars in a year just by creating their own loads for their handguns and rifles. Reloading can take a lot of time, however, and there are numerous components required to create reliable ammunition. Thankfully reloading companies have been creating top-notch products to make it easier to create your own cartridges. Here are some of the best new products hitting the market in early 2015.
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