Ammunition (colloquially shortened to ammo) is gunpowder and artillery, or broadly anything that can be used in combat including bombs, missiles, warheads, landmines, naval mines, and anti-personnel mines. The word comes from the French la munition which is all material used for war. The collective term for all types of ammunition is munitions.

Educational Zone #90 – Interesting Cast Bullet Situation

My old buddy Tman left me a coffee can full of cast 200 grain SWC .45 bullets. They had not been sized or lubricated. Last week I set up my Lyman 450 Sizer Lubricator and ran them all through it. For those that are not familiar with cast bullets, they come from the mold slightly larger than necessary, and you have to run them through a Sizer Lubricator to size them to the proper diameter, in this case .452, and it also [...]

Educational Zone #91 – Let’s Talk About Buckshot

A short while back I was on Shotgunworld in the Tactical/Home Defense Forums, (also known as The Basement) and we had a guy ask a simple question: “Specifically, I’m curious about how much the shot in standard 2-3/4” 9-pellet 00 buckshot weighs. Anyone know? I tried figuring it out mathematically and came up with about 1.1 ounces. I thought that seemed a bit light, but I guess they can’t pack big [...]

Educational Zone #92 – How to Trim Rifle Brass

I have shot probably hundreds of thousands of rounds of pistol ammo, and reloaded a lot of it too. But if you only shoot pistol ammo, you do not really need to be concerned about the brass stretching and getting too long. But with bottle-necked rifle ammo, this is a different story. When bottle-necked rifle rounds are fired, the brass tends to stretch and the brass gets a little longer each time it is shot and resized [...]

Educational Zone #95 – Interesting Firearms – The Model 96 Swedish Mauser

My buddy Ted recently acquired an example of the Model 96 Swedish Mauser at a gun show. It is one of the cleanest examples of this rifle I have ever seen.I told him, “If you ever decide to get rid of that rifle, give me first shot at it.” He decided that he could live without it and sold it to me. Here it is.It is as clean as the day it left the factory.These rifles are in 6.5 X 55 Mauser, a very fine round. [...]

Educational Zone #97 – Handloading the .303 British

I enjoy shooting my .303 Enfields, but mostly shoot military surplus ammo I them. It is corrosive, but it shoots well enough to entertain me at 50 yards.  I recently decided to try some Prvi Partizan factory loads and compare the accuracy to the milsurp. Here’s the Prvi on the left, and some milsurp on the right: Here is a typical 10 shot group at 50 yards with some Paki .303 surplus. Not too bad, but not exactly [...]

Educational Zone #99 – Moly Coating Rifle Bullets

Many years ago, shortly after WWI, US military rifle competition shooters complained about copper fouling when shooting long strings of shots in rifle matches. The bullets used were jacketed metal bullets, with a copper alloy as an exterior covering. When fired at velocities greater than about 2,500 fps, the friction caused the copper to be deposited on the bore of the rifle. Cast lead bullets had been used in the past, [...]

Educational Zone #85 – Monarch 7.62 X 39 Ammo in an SKS

Some of us recently took advantage of a great sale at Academy on some Monarch 7.62 X 39 ammo at a good price. I was especially interested, as the 7.62 X 39 I had was some Russian JHP ammo and I had a problem with it in my SKS. Here’s the Monarch, which is a FMJ compared to the older Russian JHP ammo. Not much difference, but an important one, as it turns out. I always had problems with the first round out of a full [...]

Educational Zone #87 – Wolf .22 LR Accuracy

Wolf centerfire ammo has a reputation of being cheap, but that it tends to shoot well enough for plinking and training. Not target accurate, but good enough for “government work.” But their .22 Long Rifle Match ammo is another story. It is some of the most accurate .22 ammo I’ve ever shot. Today we went to the range and shot .22 rifles and pistols. I brought my Smith and Wesson Model 17-4, with a nice, [...]

Educational Zone #79 – Tightening Up the Groups on an Old Rifle

Some of you may remember that I have an old 1917 Enfield that is a really nice example. Here it is. It is a really nice example on the outside and even has Elmer Keith’s cartouche on the stock, indicating that he once inspected it at Ogden Arsenal.But as nice as it is on the outside, the bore is enough to make a grown man cry.It is as rough as a dried corn cob.I have done some experiments to improve the accuracy [...]

Educational Zone #58 – Great Cartridges – The .41 Magnum

In 1964, Smith and Wesson introduced their new .41 Magnum cartridge.It was designed to be more powerful than the .357 Magnum, but easier to shoot than the more powerful .44 Magnum.It indeed fell right between those two rounds, as measured in energy and recoil.It had approximately 20% more power and recoil than the .357 Magnum, and about 20% less power and recoil than the .44 Magnum. Here’s a picture of the .357 [...]
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