Tag: reloading

Informal Study of 300 Blackout Projectiles and Drywall

Informal Study of 300 Blackout Projectiles and Drywall

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most of our readers engage in defensive training. Their handguns, PDW and rifles are meant for protecting themselves or someone else. A common concern is what happens if we miss. An advanced concern is what happens if we have to shoot through a barrier. The folks over at Terminal Effect did an informal study on […]

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Crimping My Style

Crimping My Style

| January 5, 2015 | 3 Comments

For me, 2014 was the Year of the Blackout. In an effort to reduce weight I gave the AR15 platform a chance. My experiment succeeded, and my AR15 pistol is my EDC. However, short barrels aren’t great for 5.56 and so that led me to .300 Blackout. In summary, I learned a lot this year […]

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Season One With a 300 Blackout AR15

Season One With a 300 Blackout AR15

| November 24, 2014 | 16 Comments

I purchased my first AK-pattern rifle in 1998. I built my first AR15 in 2013. I didn’t do much training with rifles until 2010, but even then I had a lot of catching up to do with AR pattern firearms. This season I trained almost exclusively with my .300 Blackout AR15 pistol, except for one class I […]

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An easy way to clean up stainless steel tumbling media pins

An easy way to clean up stainless steel tumbling media pins

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Several months ago I posted my procedure for cleaning brass using the “wet tumbling method.” Basically you throw brass, water, stainless steel media pins, detergent and a dash of Lemishine into a rock tumbler and come back an hour or two later. The biggest downside to me is separating the pins and the brass. I […]

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Forster Bullet Pulling Die Review

Forster Bullet Pulling Die Review

| June 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, my AR15 .300 Blackout pistol ran great, but my handloaded ammunition did not. It turns out that the Lyman Accutrimmer I was using increasingly fell out of adjustment. Most .300 reloaders stop at 1.360″ brass length, and folks running AR15s will trim as short at 1.355″ (which […]

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Basic Rifle Class: Some Lessons Are Tough Lessons

Basic Rifle Class: Some Lessons Are Tough Lessons

I have taken several basic rifle courses from a few folks, and many from Erik Pakieser over at QSI Training. Yesterday I had the privilege of taking Erik’s first basic rifle class of the season. I took this opportunity to run my AR15 pistol chambered in 300 Blackout. In addition to wanting to practice my […]

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Ballistics out of a 6.75″ 300 Blackout barrel

Ballistics out of a 6.75″ 300 Blackout barrel

Last Saturday I had the chance to fire some handloaded ammunition out of my 6.75″ barreled 300 Blackout AR15 pistol. Next weekend I am taking my first rifle class of 2014 and I wanted to  make sure the AR15 was ready, function test my M80-based plinking rounds, and also chronograph my defense loads. More and […]

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How I Wet Tumble Brass

How I Wet Tumble Brass

| April 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

This is my third time around at reloading. The first time was in the late 90s when I reloaded .40 S&W. I did it again in 2008 / 2009 when I shot .45 ACP, but sold off my reloading equipment right before I moved to Minnesota. I’m back in the reloading game thanks to .300 […]

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First .300 Blackout Handloads with M80 Pulls and Alliant 300-MP

First .300 Blackout Handloads with M80 Pulls and Alliant 300-MP

| April 2, 2014 | 4 Comments

We plan on shooting between 4000 and 5000 rifle rounds this year during training. Ideally we’ll use our .300 Blackout rifles, and that means either a ton of money for loaded ammunition (about $0.40/rnd when you can find it) or a ton of time hand loading. We chose to hand load because I don’t like […]

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Ice Arms 6.75″ 300 Blackout Barrel: First Shots

Ice Arms 6.75″ 300 Blackout Barrel: First Shots

| March 26, 2014 | 5 Comments

I had the opportunity to shoot my .300 Blackout pistol yesterday. There are a lot of experimental factors going on in this build: My first .300 Blackout build My first handloads for .300 Blackout — complete with problematic M80 military surplus pulls Ice Arms has a bad reputation, and someone registered on the 300blktalk.com forum […]

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