For handloaders, it’s prudent to only use data from reputable sources. Most propellant and bullet manufacturers offer proven recipes in their pamphlets and manuals and, more recently, online. Concerning the latter, among the most useful websites that I consult is hodgdonreloading.com, and it was just made better. The new Reloading Data Center (RDC) has a much-improved-and intuitive-format, and it works better with smartphones and tablets. In addition to reloading recipes for rifle and pistol cartridges, and shotshells, there are also extras, such as basic reloading information, tips and tricks, a shotgun wad substitution chart, and frequently asked questions. As for recipes, most common cartridges are covered, as well as those less frequently encountered and some wildcats, too; however, know that not every chambering is there. For example, when I was searching for .450-400 Nitro Express 3” loads, the category didn’t exist. To be fair, there is little published loading data for it. Still, if you visit the website, I’m sure that you’ll find it to be user-friendly and quite helpful for your latest handloading projects. Do you get most of your handloading data from a published manual or online?
Hodgdon’s Data Center Is Updated
Collectors refer to these shortened carbines as “trappers,” but that term was never officially used by either Winchester or Marlin. Winchester referred to them as “Baby Carbines” or “Special Short Carbines” on the rare occasions when they were cataloged.
The term “inside out” can be taken literally or applied as a phrase to describe the thoroughness with which an idea is understood. In this month’s issue, we hope to illustrate that the latter especially is used as a guiding principle to keep the American firearm industry at the top of its game.
Fake websites are one of the biggest scams and a painful reminder to slow down, particularly during the holiday season, and double check before hitting that purchase button when online. Ammo, gear and even firearms are not immune to the growing trend.