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Question About Feed Ramps

A reader e-mailed with a question about the use and actual shape of feed ramps in modern pistols. He had apparently witnessed a catastrophic failure in a popular brand off semi-automatic pistol chambered for the 9 mm Luger cartridge.

Latest Loads: .308 Win.

The adage “jack of all trades” could be adapted to “jack of all (non-dangerous) hunts” with this utilitarian, .308 Win. big-game load. Containing Barnes Bullets’ 165-gr. Triple-Shock X Bullet (TSX)

Handloads: 12 Gauge

A virtual “pumpkin,” this heavy-hitting 12-ga. load is composed of a 2" Cheddite hull with a Cheddite 209 primer and 26 grs. of Hi-Skor 800-X propellant.

Handloads: .22-250 Rem.

The .22-250 Rem. is a flat-shooting cartridge that makes it easy to connect on coyotes thumbing their tails 300 yds. away and farther.

Handloads: 6.5 mm Grendel

The 6.5 mm Grendel cartridge only looks small. Instead of burning copious charges of propellant, the Grendel lets its slender 0.264"-diameter bullets do the heavy-lifting of producing flat trajectories.

Handloads: 20 Gauge

A lightweight 20 gauge is a joy to carry on long slogs in search of pheasants.

Handloads: 7.62x39 mm (Russian)

Barrel bore and bullet diameters are all over the place for the 7.62x39 mm (Russian) with the former measuring from 0.308" to 0.311" and the latter being 0.308", 0.310", 0.311" or 0.312".

Handloads: .44 Magnum

A lightweight .44 Magnum revolver is handy and easy to carry. Recoil is brutal, though, when shooting full-power loads in sub-2-lb. guns such as the Smith & Wesson 329PD.

Federal Opens Ammunition Custom Shop

Federal will now load ammunition ideally suited to your center-fire rifle or shotgun—within guidelines set forth by the Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, of course.

Handloads: .270 Winchester

Always searching for a step up in performance, I couldn’t help but notice that the Alliant Powder Reloader’s Guide (alliantpowder.com) lists some impressive velocities for the .270 Win. firing 150-gr. bullets handloaded using Reloder 26—Nosler Partitions, Sierra GameKings and Speer BTSP 150-gr. bullets managing slightly more than 3000 f.p.s.

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