Tips and Tricks

December 16, 2013

Ever thought about getting into Cowboy Action shooting? Hodgdon Powder is committed to the Cowboy Action game by providing the widest variety of pistol, rifle and shotshell data in the industry.

November 20, 2013

Until you understand, it may be confusing to test your handloads on a chronograph and find the velocity is not what you expected based upon the reload data. There are a number of reasons for this. 

November 20, 2013

Most of the time handloading is as simple as matching the powder and powder charge to the caliber and bullet. However, when reloading for a gas-operated, semi-auto rifle, another parameter comes into effect – the gas pressure at the operating port.

November 20, 2013

The NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) is a great information resource. On their website is a library of information on safety, shooting and gun ranges. For the reloader, it is well worth the time to look at some of their safety information, particularly related to reloading components safety and storage.

November 20, 2013

One great advantage of handloading is adjusting the ballistics to suite a particular need. Wish you could enjoy that .375 H&H at the range for 50 shots instead of 2 or 3 before the recoil takes its toll? Or how about some extended practice on a plate rack with your “grizzly bear stopper” revolver? The Hodgdon Reloading Data Center has an option to do just this. 

November 20, 2013

In the past, available reloading powders allowed the velocity of factory ammunition to be obtained. In most cases higher than factory velocity came with the risk of higher pressure. Today there are powders readily available that allow the reloader to exceed “standard” velocity levels by 100 fps to 200 fps. This is a benefit for the varmint hunter and long-range shooter where bullet drop becomes a factor.

November 20, 2013

Although the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center provides the most handloading recipes available, with specific data for many individual bullets, it is impossible to test and list every bullet type that is available. That is why, after selecting the appropriate reload data, it is prudent to check the gun function after making just a few loads rather than just “load ’em up.” 

November 20, 2013

You may own or run across a rifle chambered in a common metric caliber. Within the DATA tab of the Hodgdon website, you may find the reload data you are looking for. Look under the heading “Data for Common European Calibers”. 

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