For those who “brew their own,” the art of reloading is a special pastime that involves many steps aimed at producing the “perfect” load, and this year, there are more components and equipment to help in that search.
Redding (redding-reloading.com) has a pair of new Micro-adjusting taper crimp dies for the .223 Remington and .308 Winchester. They feature a knurled micrometer-type head on top of the die that is accurate to within 0.1-inch of adjustment, and a “free floating” internal steel sleeve to form the crimp.
The new Annual Manual from Hodgdon (Hodgdon.com) has been expanded to 170 pages featuring data for Hodgdon, Winchester and IMR propellants. It has nine new articles, authored by several leading gun writers that cover a wide range of topics.
The Annual Manual contains data for the new CFE Pistol Powder, plus updated information on 21 rifle and pistol cartridges, including the .500 Nitro Express 3-inch.
Speaking of CFE spherical Pistol Powder, it is formulated to deter copper fouling. Hodgdon has 103 different loads spread over 15 different calibers with data for 37 different bullet weights. The data includes loads for 9mm, .38 Super, .40 S&W and 45 ACP.
New from Hornady (Hornady.com) is the Lock-N-Load rifle bullet feeder for .22-caliber bullets. It is designed to work on the Lock-NLoad press, and is convertible to accommodate .30-caliber bullets with an optional kit.
Two new projectiles are on the way including a 170-grain SST in 8mm with a polymer tip, match-grade jacket and boattail. The other is a .338- caliber A-Max boattail weighing 285 grains.
Lyman (lymanproducts.com) has a new reloading handbook for people who reload ammunition for modern semi-auto rifles. There is current data for the .223 Remington, 6.8 Remington, .300 AAC, 7.62x39mm, the .450 Bushmaster, .50 Beowulf and others. The guide also contains several articles by firearms experts.
The AR Reloading Handbook is presented in a full-size 8 1/2×11 format.
There’s a new fine-grained extruded propellant from Western Powders (ramshot.com) called Accurate LT-32, developed for 6mm PPC benchrest competitors. It is also good for loads in .223 Remington and assorted big game cartridges, such as the .30-30 and .308 Winchester.
Barnes (barnesbullets.com) has announced two new bullets for .30- caliber loads in modern sporting rifles.
One is a 120-grain TAC-TX bullet for the .300 AAC Blackout, and the other is a 130-grain TSX for the .30 Remington AR.
Among the new reloading gear being introduced by Battenfeld Technologies (battenjfeldtechnologies.com) is the Case Trim & Prep Center with a patent-pending adjustable collet system that works with all cartridge cases from .17 Remington to .460 Weatherby. It features inside and outside chamfering tools, large and small primer pocket cleaning tools and three output shafts.
In addition, Battenfeld is intro- ducing new Frankford equipment including a Platinum Series rotary tumbler with a 7-liter capacity that can handle up to a thousand .223 Remington cases. It has a dual layer drum with a noise-dampening rubber lining, and it comes with 5 pounds of stainless steel media pins and a sample packet of brass cleaning concentrated solution.
New from Cutting Edge (cuttingedgebullets.com) is the PHD (for Personal Home Defense) copper bullet that is designed to shed four petals inside the target for maximum tissue damage and stopping power.
They are available in popular calibers from 5.7mm through .45.