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August is Sheepdog Month here at Titan Reloading, where we pay tribute to and say THANKS to all our fellow Sheepdogs. Sheep are powerless to defend against the wolf. The sheep will fall prey to any attacks on the flock by wolves. A Sheepdog spends every day blending in with the flock. Unlike the sheep, the Sheepdog has all the same abilities that the wolf does. The only difference is the wolf intends to prey on the sheep and the Sheepdog intends to protect them. BE A SHEEPDOG! Wolves beware…..we’re packin’ too…..your game is now over!
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NEW LEE PRIMING TOOL KIT
Lee’s New Auto Prime Kit includes the New Auto-Prime, shell holders and a nice molded storage box. Holds everything including a complete set of shell holders. This kit comes with 8 of the most popular priming tool shell holders, works with over 130 different cartridges. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 19. Holds an additional 10 shell holders. This kit is a convenient way to keep your tool and shell holders all in one spot.
INSIGHT OF THE MONTH:
Quick Guide to Bullet Weight Selection
by Chris Baker of Lucky Gunner Lounge
Here are a few (very) rough guidelines for choosing the right bullet weight.
Bullet weight doesn’t matter much for casual plinking. Just buy whatever ammo is cheapest and functions well in your gun.
Shooting for Maximum Accuracy:
Bullet weight can play a huge role in accuracy for a couple of reasons. First, sometimes a specific gun just “likes” bullets of one weight over others. The precise reasons are not always easily explained, but with some experimentation, you might find, for example, that your particular Glock 22 is always a little more accurate with 180-grain .40 S&W loads than 165-grain loads. You might be able to pick up some hints about good loads from other people who have a lot of trigger time with the same gun, but sometimes trial and error might be the only way to figure it out.
For long range rifle shooting, the tie between bullet weight and accuracy is less mysterious, but still potentially confusing. Heavier bullets are less susceptible to being blown off course by the wind, but if the bullet is too heavy, it might not have enough velocity to remain stable at the desired distances.
The best bullet weight to optimize the balance for maximum accuracy will also depend on barrel length, twist rate, and a ton of other factors that we can’t cover here. If you’re serious about pursuing pinpoint accuracy, just ask a long range shooting enthusiast for help and they’ll be more than happy to bore you to tears enlighten you with all the exciting details.
Self-Defense and Hunting:
This is a tricky one. Bullet weight is just one of many factors that determine a load’s effectiveness against living targets. For any given caliber, some bullet weights have a better track record than others, but it’s only part of the story. Expansion and penetration characteristics are more important than the mere numbers representing bullet weight, velocity, or caliber. Try to find ballistics gelatin tests or real world reports of a specific load’s performance rather than relying too much on bullet weight as a sole indicator of it’s efficacy.
For optimal performance with a sound suppressor, subsonic ammunition is best. These rounds travel slower than the speed of sound, and create minimal noise when fired through a good suppressor. A few calibers that use heavy bullets, like .45 ACP, are almost always subsonic regardless of bullet choice. Other ammo is only subsonic when used with bullets that are heavy for the caliber. For example, the popular .300 Blackout rifle cartridge makes a loud supersonic crack with a factory 125 grain load, even when a suppressor is used on the gun. To get the “silent but deadly” effect that .300 BLK is known for, it must be fired with the heavier 220 grain bullets which travel at slower subsonic velocities.
Bullet Weight vs. Recoil:
A lot of people intuitively believe there must be some link between bullet weight and recoil. If I want lighter recoil loads for my handgun, I should choose a lighter bullet weight, right?
If the lighter bullets were pushed to the same velocity as the heavier bullets then simple physics would dictate that the recoil impulse would be reduced. But as I mentioned earlier, lighter bullets are usually loaded to fly at greater velocities in order to make up for their low mass. In fact, a high velocity light bullet might even have more recoil than a heavier bullet that’s moving slower. Or… the heavier bullet could have more recoil depending on the load. For example, if the cartridge has a fast burning propelllant, the recoil could hit you all at once, translating to a sharp snap against your hand or shoulder. A slow burning powder might distribute the recoil force over a longer period which feels like softer recoil. There is really just no way to determine what recoil is going to feel like by looking at bullet weight alone.
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