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Wildcat Cartridges That Went Legit

Hundreds of wildcat cartridges have come and gone through the years—some with ridiculous names and others with little ballistic benefit over factory offerings. But a few have offered real advantages and gone mainstream. Here, a veteran handloader reminisces about some of his favorites.


How Ammo is Made: A Four-Step Process

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By Mark Keefe
October 01, 2014

Different day, same headline? Maybe so, but here's the most detailed explanation to date. It’s a question of simple economics. Supply, demand and profit—or lack thereof. Plus the kind of guns American buy.

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dk wrote:
November 23, 2014

Interesting analysis by Keefe. However, what is missing is the daily production rate fir .22 ammo. Assuming 25-30M for daily production (estimate from Sierra's VP of marketing), an addition requirement for 325M doesn't seem that bad. Unfortunately Keefe's article shed no light on supply - only demand.

Will wrote:
November 23, 2014

People buying and selling are exercising their right to do so, even though I do not agree with them. I have a little under 15,000 rounds, and this used to be a 1 year and 3 month supply. Since Sandy Hook, I have cut my shooting down to 5,000 rounds a year so I could double my shooting with the ammo I currently have. It all sucks. Sa-sa-sa-sa-sucks. Do wonder why I have two backorders at an internet retailer that is just over 10 months. Still think something is 'up'. Been way too long.

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