Sometimes you do things just because you can (safely). A case in point: loading the .338 Lapua Mag. with lightweight hunting bullets. Using the recipe below, the all-copper, 160-gr. Barnes TTSX, with its flat base and polymer tip, attains an impressive 3633 f.p.s, or 683 f.p.s faster than the Barnes VOR-TX 7 mm Rem. Mag. 160-gr. load. Yeah, it’s fast. When zeroed at 300 yds., the bullet impacts 2.4" high at 100 yds., and it strikes 7.8" and 21.2" low at 400 yds. and 500 yds., respectively. And, at 500 yds. the projectile still has 1,781 ft.-lbs. of energy remaining. But, just as important is accuracy. As is evident below, in a high-quality rifle, such as the Alexander Arms Ulfberht, the load is remarkably accurate. Sometimes, “just-because” loads turn out to be outstanding. This is one of them.
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Although he probably didn’t plan it, when New England shirtmaker Oliver Fisher Winchester acquired the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. in 1857 and re-named it the New Haven Arms Co., he ended up dramatically altering firearm technology, helped settle the American West and subsequently created a legacy that continues to this day.
Smith & Wesson has issued a safety recall this week for the new M&P12 bullpup shotgun.
Although Bergmann’s products never received the notoriety of the Luger, the Broomhandle or the Colt M1911, he nevertheless set many milestones in firearm development—including making the first pistol to achieve genuine commercial success. How’s that for extraordinary?