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Personal experiences with assembling ammunition

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Welcome to these pages devoted to reloading ammunition.

These web pages present observations I have made, data I have gathered, and conclusions I have reached concerning the practice of hand-assembling ammunition for small arms.

A case of overpressure due to a double-charge.

I present some pictures and statistics exploring what happened when a 38 Special cartridge got twice as much powder as it should have.

A strangely mis-manufactured cartridge from Remington.

The ammunition manufacturers all try very hard to make sure their products are right, but strange things do happen, and sometimes they do get out into the field.

Loading Power Pistol in the 44 Magnum.

I present statistics, pictures and impressions from the firing range to explore the use of Power Pistol at various loads and with two different primers in 44 Magnum cartridges for a hunting revolver.

Robert W. Bethune


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This page and related pages are devoted to hand assembly of small arms ammuntion. All information presented here is based purely on my personal experience and does not constitute any recommendation to others nor any assurance that any action based on any information here is safe. Reloading ammunition is inherently hazardous and should not be attempted by anyone who does not know what they are doing and should only be done in accordance with data published by the component manufacturers. Failure to exercise proper care when hand assembling ammunition can result in serious injury, property damage, and death to the person doing the reloading or to others. I take no responsibility for any use made by others of any information presented on these pages because I have no control over the use others may make of it. I present this information purely for the interest it may have for others who share my interest in reloading.

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