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Handgun Ammo

  • True to its name, a handgun is small and lightweight – making it popular for concealed carry. And while you may lose accuracy compared to shooting a rifle or shotgun, some of the most popular calibers in the world are designed for handguns. The .45 Colt. The 9mm Luger. The .357 Magnum. The .40 Smith & Wesson. Not only are each of these cartridges an iconic piece of ammo history, but they also influenced the development of modern handgun ammunition.
  • These legendary calibers (.400 legend) are just the beginning. From military and law enforcement use to home protection and concealed carry, you will find handgun ammo for a variety of uses.
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Rifle Ammo

  • The rifle’s unmatched versatility is perhaps why it has been around for centuries. Its power and accuracy make it popular for hunting, self-defense, and target shooting – but the wide variety of rifles and ammo can be mind-boggling.
  • Hunting with a rifle allows you to choose ammo for a specific game. Small or large, varmint or predators, short range or long range – the rifle ammunition available is so particular, that it can mean the difference between hunting a black bear or a brown bear. And while a rifle’s length can make it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces, its accuracy makes it a popular choice for home defense, with the AR-15 among the most trusted in the U.S.
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Rimfire Ammo

  • With less power than its centerfire counterpart (due to primer being at the base as opposed to the center), rimfire ammunition is most commonly used for plinking, target shooting, and varmint hunting. Among rimfire ammo is one of the most widely used cartridges in the world – the .22 Long Rifle. Many novice shooters use this iconic ammo as a learning tool and go on to use it for plinking and small-game hunting.
  • For those looking for training ammunition that doesn’t need the power of a centerfire cartridge, rimfire ammo is fun to shoot and is generally among the cheapest ammunition online.
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Shotgun Ammo

  • Arguably the most specialized type of ammo on the market today, shotgun ammunition can be loaded for uses as specific as deer, squirrel and a variety of game birds. Shot sizes ranging from 000 (triple aught) to 12 shot and with varieties in lead, steel and buckshot – the choices are seemingly endless, and they provide several excuses to own a shotgun. From sport shooting and hunting to home and personal defense, this firearm is as versatile as the amount of shotgun shells on the market.
  • Less lethal ammo is also available for shotguns, including rubber bullets, which are often used by law enforcement for crowd control.
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Casings, Primers, Bullets & Shotgun Projectiles

  • We go beyond offering you the best deals on ammunition – we want our customers to understand the anatomy of ammo. To do this, we must begin with casings. Available in aluminum, brass, nickel, steel, and mixed varieties, casings are the ammunition “packaging” and can determine cost, weight, shelf life, and reloading capabilities.
  • Inside these casings are primers, which is what get struck by the firing pin, creating a flash and igniting the powder. They are available in Boxer, Berdan, and Rimfire – each factor for performance, size, and caliber.
  • Propelled by this ignition is the bullet, which is simply the projectile and can come in dozens of varieties – including hollow point, full metal jacket, lead round nose, soft point, and more – that determine power, penetration, speed, expansion, safety, and many other factors. Shotgun projectiles have similar qualities but with pellets instead of a single bullet.

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Why is it called ammunition?
The term ammunition can be traced back to the mid-17th century. The word comes from the French la munition, for the material used for war. Ammunition and munition are often used interchangeably, although munition now usually refers to the actual weapons system with the ammunition required to operate it.
What is the difference between bullet and ammunition?
A single piece of ammunition for a rifle or handgun is called a cartridge. It has a single projectile called a bullet. The word cartridge also applies to a single piece of ammunition for a shotgun, but a more specific term is shotshell. A shotshell has either one projectile called a slug or many small pellets or shot.
What is the meaning of ammos?
ammunition
 
Ammo is a shorthand way to say “ammunition,” meaning bullets, gunpowder, and other combat supplies. A war movie might include a scene of soldiers running low on ammo. Ammo generally refers to a supply of the actual munitions, or exploding substances and projectiles that are put in guns, cannons, and other weapons.
What is the proper term for ammunition?
Ammunition. Also referred to as “ammo” and measured in rounds, ammunition is what is loaded into a firearm. It’s made up of multiple parts, including gunpowder, primer, and a projectile wrapped in a casing.
How many bullets are in a round of ammunition?
Now, let’s consult reality: one rifle cartridge consists of four components. 1 casing, 1 primer, 1 bullet, and the gunpowder. “Round” is often used almost interchangeably with “cartridge” when talking about things that go pew-pew. Therefore, generally, 1 round has only 1 bullet.
Can a bullet go off without a gun?
For example, if you drop your cartridge near a steel object and it lands at the perfect angle with enough force, the bullet could go off. When there’s enough force, the impact on the primer would mimic the impact of a firing pin after the trigger of a gun is pulled.

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  • Whether you are a target shooter blazing through hundreds of rounds of ammo on the weekend, or a hunter looking for that single perfect round for your next big hunt, Bulkammousa has you covered. Shop our wide variety of .22 long rifles and other rimfire ammunition for plinking and small game hunting. Check out our large selection of shotgun ammunition for hunting, self-defense, and clay target shooting. Browse through our rifle ammunition for popular modern sporting rifle cartridges, as well as an industry-leading selection of traditional and classic cartridges. Stock up on essential handgun ammunition for the range and home defense.
Is it munition or ammunition?
The term ammunition can be traced back to the mid-17th century. The word comes from the French la munition, for the material used for war. Ammunition and munition are often used interchangeably, although munition now usually refers to the actual weapons system with the ammunition required to operate it.
What is the plural of ammunition?
Answer. The noun ammunition can be countable or uncountable. In more general, commonly used, contexts, the plural form will also be ammunition. However, in more specific contexts, the plural form can also be ammunitions e.g. in reference to various types of ammunitions or a collection of ammunitions.
What is a lot of bullets called?
Mind, “bullets” are the projectile only. If you have a big pile of bullets, prior to loading them into cartridges, you can call them whatever you like. “A lot of bullets…” The plural of cartridge is….. Cartridges, ammunition, “rounds” of ammunition, etc.
What ammo is illegal in the US?
armor-piercing ammunition
 
Federal law prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale, or delivery of armor-piercing ammunition, with very limited exceptions. Licensed dealers are prohibited from “willfully” transferring armor-piercing ammunition.
What ammo is banned in Illinois?
Illinois prohibits the reckless use or discharge of an armor-piercing bullet, flechette shell, dragon’s breath shell or bolo shell. The state also prohibits the possession, concealed on or about the person, of an armor piercing bullet, dragon’s breath shotgun shell, bolo shell, or flechette shell.
What countries is encryption illegal?
Many countries have tight restrictions on the use of cryptography. Among the more restrictive are laws in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Singapore, Tunisia, and Vietnam. In the United States, cryptography is legal for domestic use, but there has been much conflict over legal issues related to cryptography.
How many bullets are in a round of ammunition?
1 bullet = 1 round. The terms you are using are synonyms. A bullet is the projectile that is fired out of a gun. A round is a complete unit that is ready to fire that includes the bullet ( projectile) casing ( brass, what holds the powder and primer).
What are the 3 types of ammo?
While there are hundreds of kinds of ammunition, they can be divided down into three main groups.
  • Shotgun Ammo.
  • Rifle Ammo.
  • Handgun Ammo.

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Are black tip bullets illegal?
A: Yes. Under federal law it is perfectly legal to make, sell and purchase “armor-piercing” ammunition as long as you have the proper licensing.
What were civil war bullets called?
The Minié ball
 
The Minié ball (pronounced min-ee-ay or minny) was a muzzle-loaded, spin-stabilizing rifle bullet, named for its co-developer Claude- Étienne Minié. It first came to prominence during the Crimean War, due to its efficiency and accuracy, and Minié-derived weapons became the most commonly used firearms in the Civil War.
Why are 8 gauge shotguns illegal?
  • The 8-gauge Ban

    Despite the small number of 8 gauges in the country, they were still banned along with all other big-bore guns in the early part of the 20th century as a measure to protect dwindling flocks of ducks and geese. With the 8 gauge gone, the 10 gauge became the largest legal gauge for waterfowl hunting.

What guns in the US are illegal?
NFA weapons are weapons that are heavily restricted at a federal level by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. These include automatic firearms (such as machine guns), short-barreled shotguns, and short-barreled rifles.
 
Can you own an AR 15 in Illinois?
Illinois is less than a month into enforcement of its new assault weapons ban. It is now illegal to sell or manufacture high-powered rifles like the AR-15 or AK-47 in Illinois. Those who already own assault weapons in the state can keep them, but they’re required to register them
Can I carry a 15 round magazine in Illinois?
The handgun cannot have a magazine capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition as that magazine is considered a large-capacity ammunition feeding device that can only be lawfully possessed in limited places outlined in 720 ILCS 5/24-1

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Ammunition Types Overview

Basic Ammunition Types

  • While there are hundreds of kinds of ammunition, they can be divided down into three main groups.
  • When shooting a shotgun, shotshells are used.
  • When shooting a rifle or handgun, cartridges (or rounds) are used.

Boat Tail

  • Boat tail is a bullet feature rather than a bullet type. For instance, a full metal jacket bullet can be either traditional or boat tail.
  • Boat tail bullets have a tapered base that can be seen when the bullet is viewed from the side. Traditional bullets have a flat base.
  • The physics principle behind the design of boat tail ammunition is the same that is applied to a boat – the shape which is tapered at the “tail” or base helps reduce drag. This, in turn, provides more stability in flight and increases accuracy.

Types Of Bullets

  • A bullet is the projectile that shoots out of a gun. It is not the entire piece of ammunition that you place into your gun (the entire piece is called a round or cartridge).
  • The type of gun you shoot(for example, 45ACP, 40SW, 38 Special) determines caliber of ammunition. Once you know the caliber, you need to choose the type of bullet you want to shoot. Knowing what you will use your gun for should help you determine bullet type.

Three common bullet types are:

  • Full metal jacket (FMJ) commonly used for target shooting and competition
  • Hollow point (HP) commonly used for self-defense
  • Soft point (SP) commonly used for self-defense

Caliber

  • Caliber refers to the diameter of the barrel of a firearm and consequently the diameter of the ammunition that can travel through it.
  • Calibers are typically measured in millimeters, hundredths of an inch, or thousandths of an inch but may not be exact measurements.
  • Most firearms have the caliber for rifles and handguns or gauges for shotguns marked on the barrel or side of the receiver.

Rifle Or Handgun Cartridges

  • Rimfire
  • Centerfire
  • The difference between these two types of ammunition is where the primer strike occurs on the case.
  • With rimfire ammo, the primer is around the “rim” or base of the cartridge. In guns that use rimfire ammo, the firing pin is designed to strike the outside edge of the cartridge.
  • With centerfire ammo, the primer is in the center of the cartridge. Therefore, the firing pin in a centerfire gun is designed to strike the cartridge in the center, where the primer is.

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  • High-quality ammo is a must-have for all hunters, shooters, and marksmen. Our wide selection of Ammunition is sure to have you hitting your target with record speed and precision. Shop for Winchester Ammunition, Hornady Ammunition, Federal Ammunition and other ammunition from top brands. Finding the right rounds for your firearm has never been easier or more affordable. Buy bulk ammo online to get the most bang for your buck! Whether you’re looking for rimfire ammo, shotgun ammo, handgun ammo, or rifle ammo, we have everything you need to gear up.image
  • We carry all types of ammo and bullets to assist with your shooting needs, such as FMJ bullets for target shooting, and hollow point bullets for self-defense. We also carry some of the most popular calibers on the market, including 9mm ammo, 45 ACP, 6.5 Creedmoor, 22LR ammo, 12-gauge ammo, and so much more. Don’t forget to check out our reloading equipment if you need bullets, presses, dies, and accessories to reload your own cartridges!
  • Below are some answers to common questions our customers have about our ammo.
What Is the Difference Between a Cartridge and a Round?
  • While some people think ammo cartridges and rounds are different, they are actually two terms for the same thing. A cartridge consists of the bullet casing, the primer, gunpowder, and the bullet. The common term is round. The only thing that some people confuse is by calling all cartridges “bullets,” as the bullet is only the projectile at the end of the cartridge.
Are .223 Remington and 5.56x45mm NATO the Same Round?
  • This answer is a little more complicated. While the bullets and cartridges for 223 and 556 ammo are the same size, they function differently. A 5.56x45mm NATO round is the military load, which means it has more powder and is loaded to a higher pressure. On the other hand, a .223 Remington round is the civilian version. Even though a standard AR 15 can shoot both rounds, your weapon may not be rated to handle 5.56x45mm NATO, as the extra pressure can damage the barrel. The easiest way to know if your AR 15 can handle either one is to check the barrel. If it is listed as 5.56x45mm NATO or it says .223 WYLDE, you can shoot either round.
Is Ammo Still Good After 10 Years?

 

  • Ammunition can last for a long time if stored properly, but the shelf life can vary depending on the type of ammunition and the storage conditions. In general, ammunition that is stored in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight will last longer than ammunition that is exposed to high temperatures and humidity. Ammo cans can help preserve the lifespan of your rounds.
  • It is not recommended to use ammunition that is over 10 years old unless it has been properly stored. The older the ammunition is, the more likely it is to have degraded, which can affect its performance and safety. If you are unsure about the condition of the ammunition, it is best to err on the side of caution and not use it.

Common firearms types

  • The most common classification of firearms is done by types, and the most commonly used tool for firearms identification is the Firearms Reference Table (FRT). The FRT is a computerized database available online and offline. It was proposed and developed by Canadian Royal Mounted Police and it was further adopted by INTERPOL as a reference classification tool. Use of the FRT Web is limited to individuals who have been authorized by the RCMP. Authorized users include members of the police community, specific Public Agents and approved firearm verifiers.
  • UNODC adopted a simplified classification in its 2015 Study and also in its global illicit arms flow questionnaire, which is based on the following types:

Revolver

  • Is a short or hand-held firearm with a revolving cylinder typically of five to nine chambers, manually loaded with cartridges. As the cylinder rotates into position, the trigger can be pulled, releasing the hammer firing the cartridge. Expended cartridge cases remain in the cylinder until manually unloaded.
  • Action: Revolvers are usually repeating firearms. According to the system of operation of the trigger tail, revolvers can be of double (when the trigger also cocks the hammer) or single action (when the hammer is cocked manually) 

 

  • Revolver models. Source: Firearms Reference Table (RCMP-GRC / Interpol)

Pistol

  • Is a short or hand-held firearm designed for semi-automatic operation. The chamber is part of the barrel. Cartridges are generally loaded into a magazine, which is inserted into the grip. The action of the firearm feeds the next cartridge and expels the spent round.
  • Action: single shot, repeating, semi-automatic, and automatic pistol.

 

  • Pistol models. Source: Firearms Reference Table (RCMP-GRC / Interpol)

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    Shotgun

    • Is a shoulder-fired long gun with one or two unrifled barrels (side-by-side or over configuration), usually designed to shoot many small projectiles (“shots”) rather than a bullet. The caliber of a shotgun is referred to as the gauge and is usually larger in diameter than other small arms.
    • Action: Usually single-shot. May also be repeating, or semi-automatic

     

    • Shotgun models. Source: Firearms Reference Table (RCMP-GRC / Interpol)

    Rifle or Carbine

    • Is a shoulder-fired long gun, with a series of spiral grooves cut inside the barrel (“rifling”) imparting spin to the projectile. Some rifles have a detachable magazine like the pistols described above, and others have integral magazines. A carbine resembles a rifle but has a shorter barrel.
    • Action: Single-shot, repeating, semi-automatic or fully automatic.

     

    • Rifle models. Source: Firearms Reference Table (RCMP-GRC / Interpol)

    Assault rifle

    • Can be considered a subcategory of rifles and represents’ any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47 or M16) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire…’ (Merriam-Webster).
    • Action: Semi-automatic or fully automatic.

     

    • Assault Rifle models. Source: Firearms Reference Table (RCMP-GRC / Interpol)

    Sub-machine gun

    • It is a hand-held, lightweight short barrelled machine gun consisting of relatively low-energy handgun-type cartridges and fired from the hand, hip or shoulder.
    • Action: Semi-automatic or fully automatic. Where the firing system is automatic, the firearm would be classified as an automatic pistol or automatic sub-machine gun.

     

    • Sub-machine Gun models. Source: Firearms Reference Table (RCMP-GRC / Interpol)

    Machine gun

    • It is a firearm that is capable of fully automatic firing (more than one shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger) and that fires rifle ammunition. It is generally crew-operated (‘heavy machine gun’), but some forms may be fired by single individuals (‘light machine gun’). Most machine guns have ammunition fed by belts, although some use magazines.
    • Action: Semi-automatic or fully automatic.

     

    • Machine Gun models. Source: Firearms Reference Table (RCMP-GRC / Interpol)
    • The above-enumerated types cover the large universe of all legal arms. There are, however, others that do not fall clearly under any of them, either because of their technical characteristics or because of the manufacturing process (craft or artisanal production, assembly of kits, modifications, 3D printing, etc). They are all listed under the category “other”.

    Popular Magnum Action (by distance between receiver screws)

    • Calibers are sometimes hard to distinguish by action, so please use the following measurements for action identification:
    • Remington: Any action longer than 7.350”
    • Winchester: Any action longer than 7.570”

    POPULAR LONG ACTION (BY CALIBER ORDER)

    • (All figures are exact numbers from the manufacturers. Please use these numbers and the popular calibers below, for help in determining your action)

    By Manufacturer

    • In Remington guns, long actions have a distance between receiver screws of 7.350”
    • Winchester guns, long actions have a distance between receiver screws of 7.570”
    • Savage guns, long actions have a distance between receiver screws of 5.062”
    • 30-06 Springfield is the parent case (origin) for this cartridge

    By Caliber

    • 240 Weatherby Magnum
    • 6mm-284 Winchester
    • 257 Roberts
    • 25-06 Remington ^30-06 Springfield is the parent case (origin) for this cartridge
    • 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser
    • 6.5-06 A-Square
    • 264 Winchester Magnum
    • 270 Winchester ^30-06 Springfield is the parent case (origin) for this cartridge

     

    • 280 Remington ^30-06 Springfield is the parent case (origin) for this cartridge
    • 30-40 Krag
    • 30-06 Springfield
    • 303 British
    • 8×57 Mauser
    • 35 Whelen ^30-06 Springfield is the parent case (origin) for this cartridge
    • 350 Remington Magnum
    • 45-70 Government

    22 Short Ammunition

    • Developed about 1858, the 22 Short was the first American metallic cartridge. It was introduced in the Smith & Wesson Model 1.
    • The 22 Short is a low-power cartridge, originally designed for self-defense revolvers. The basic design is used for the 22-long rifle and all other rimfire ammunition. The cartridge features a straight wall case with a hollow rim, which holds the priming compound and controls headspace.
    • The 22-mm Short cartridge in the Smith & Wesson Model 1 isn’t much by today’s standards, but in its day, it was truly revolutionary.
    • Originally loaded with black powder and a 29-grain soft lead bullet. It’s available today in both solid and hollow-point designs. Today the cartridge is used mostly for small game hunting and target practice and is still going strong.
    • The 22 Short is the oldest listing in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.

     

    • The 12 gauge is the world’s most popular shotgun shell. Introduced in 1866, over half the world’s shotguns are 12 gauge. Like other shotgun gauges, its name is derived from the number of pure lead balls whose bore diameter it takes to weigh one pound, in this case, twelve.
    • Originally designed with a brass case, the inside components included powder, an over-powder wad, a cushion wad, a shot, and an overshot wad. Today’s ammunition uses a plastic hull with a brass rim and a single plastic wad.
    • Parker was one of the first American companies to offer shotguns in 12 gauge. Every shotgun manufacturer offers a gun in 12 gauge, including single-shot, pumps, and semi-automatics.
    • While the most popular 12 gauge load consists of a 1 1/8-ounce shot in a 2 3/4-inch shell, today’s 12 gauge ammunition offering is staggering, from birdshot to waterfowl to buckshot to slugs. The 12 gauge is easily the world’s most versatile cartridge.
    • The 12-gauge shotgun shell is another unanimous selection for the Cartridge Hall of Fame.

    12 Gauge Ammunition

     

    • The 10 gauge made its appearance in the 1860s, as cartridge guns began to supersede muzzleloaders. Used primarily in side-by-side shotguns, this gauge was quite popular in the American West. Like other shotgun gauges, its name is derived from the number of pure led balls of bore diameter it takes to weigh one pound, in this case, ten.
    • Originally designed with a brass case, the inside components included powder, over powder wad, a cushion wad, a shot, and an overshot wad. Today’s ammunition uses a plastic hull with a brass rim and a single-piece wad.
    • This 19th-century Parker double-barrel is chambered in 10 gauge, but pumps and automatics rule the 21st century. The 10 gauge was also popular outside the United States, being chambered in guns from Europe such as this vintage Purdy.
    • While the original shells were 2 7/8 inch in length, 3 1/2 inch magnum loads were introduced in the early 1930s and are used primarily for turkey and waterfowl hunting.
    • Enjoying widespread use in the 19th and early 20th century. The 10 gauge easily makes the grade for the Cartridge Hall of Fame.

     

           25-20 Winchester Ammunition

    • Winchester introduced the 25-20 Winchester Centerfire around 1895 for the popular Winchester Model 1892 lever action rifle. The 25-20 is considered a low-power cartridge, generating only around 400 foot-pounds of energy.
    • Named from the old convention of bullet caliber over grains of powder, the 25-20 is a 25-caliber bullet over 20 grains of black powder. The cartridge features a rimmed bottleneck design, the rim being used to headspace the cartridge.
    • The most popular gun chambered for the 25-20 Winchester is the Winchester Model 92. Although, many other lever action and bolt action rifles fired this round.
    • While most factory loadings are only available with an 85 or 86-grain lead bullet, hand loaders have the option of loading 60 to 85-grain bullets of lead or jacketed design, which makes the 25-20 a nice small game and varmint cartridge.
    • Seldom seen in use today, the 25-20 Winchester has earned its place in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    30-06 Springfield Ammunition
    • The 30-06 Springfield was adopted by the United States Government in 1906, adapted from the earlier 30-03, the 30-06 was developed for the Model 1903 Springfield service rifle. It’s considered a medium power cartridge generating over 3,100 foot-pounds of energy with heavier loads.
    • While today the cartridge is officially named the 30-06 Springfield, when first developed, it was designated ball cartridge 30 caliber model of 1906. The case is a bottleneck design with the shoulder being used to control headspace, making it ideal for smooth feeding in bolt action rifles.
    • Although developed as a military cartridge, the 30-06 Springfield has become one of the most successful commercial cartridges of all time, currently being chambered by nearly every firearms manufacturer. Loaded ammunition for the 30-06 is readily available with bullets weighing 110 to 220 grains.
    • Although probably the most famous US military rifle cartridge, today it’s primarily used as a sporting cartridge, able to take any sized game in North America.
    • That’s a brief look at the 30-06 Springfield. With over a hundred years of service, it’s an easy entry into the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    30-30 Winchester Ammunition
    • The 30-30 Winchester was America’s first centerfire smokeless powder cartridge. Developed for the Model 1894 Winchester lever action, the 30-30 is a medium power cartridge, generating around 1,600 pounds of energy.
    • Originally designated the 30 Winchester Centerfire or WCF, Remington is credited as the first ammunition manufacturer to coin the term 30-30 Winchester. This refers to a 30 caliber bullet over 30 grains of bulk smokeless powder.
    • The rim of the cartridge controls headspace, which along with the generous taper, makes it ideal for lever action rifles. The most famous chambering for 30-30, was the Winchester Model 94, one of the most popular rifles in US history.
    • Ammunition is readily available with bullets from 125 to 170 grains. The 30-30 is thought of as a medium game cartridge and is still one of the most popular whitetail deer cartridges in the country.
    • With millions of lever action rifles in use today the future of the 30-30 Winchester looks very good. It truly belongs in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    32-20 Winchester Ammunition
    • The 32-20 Winchester Centerfire also known as the 32 WCF, was introduced in 1882 for the Model 1873 Winchester lever action rifle. A medium power cartridge, for target shooting and small game, it generates less than a thousand pounds of muzzle energy.
    • The 32-20 derives its name from the old convention of caliber with grains of powder, a 32 caliber bullet over 20 grains of black powder. The cartridge is of a rimmed bottleneck design, the rim is used to control headspace.
    • While first chambered in the Winchester 1873, it was also popular in a Winchester 92 lever action and the Colt Single Action Army. Originally loaded with black powder, it made the transition to smokeless powder in the 20th century. Current loadings are available with both 85 and 100-grain bullets. While originally used for small game and self-defense, today’s use is mostly cowboy action and plinking.
    • Nearly as popular in the 21st century as it was in the 19th, the 32-20 Winchester deserves a place in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    38-40 Winchester Ammunition
    • Winchester introduced the 38-40 Winchester Centerfire in 1874 as a companion to the 44-40 cartridge. Chambered in the Winchester Model 1873, it was one of the most popular cartridges of the West.
    • The 38-40 is considered a medium-power cartridge generating less than 600 foot-pounds of energy. First dubbed the 38 WCF, there is some question regarding the name of the cartridge. Interestingly the bullet was a 40 caliber not 38 and the powder charge was 38 grains and not 40.
    • While introduced in the Winchester 1873 and later chambered in the Winchester 92 lever action rifle, the 38-40 cartridge was also a popular handgun cartridge with many Colt Single Actions being chambered for this round.
    • Most current loadings are available for 170 and 180-grain lead bullets. While designed as a self-defense and hunting cartridge, today it’s most popular in Cowboy Action shooting.
    • The popularity of the 38-40 Winchester in the 19th and early part of the 20th century earned it a place in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    38-55 Winchester Ammunition
    • The 38-55 Winchester Centerfire started life as a Ballard Target Cartridge in 1884. Winchester later chambered this cartridge in the Model 1885 single shot, along with the famous Model 1894 lever action.
    • It’s considered a medium power cartridge generating as much as 1,500 foot-pounds of energy. The 38-55’s name is derived from the old convention caliber of the bullet over grains of powder, 38 caliber bullet 55 grains of black powder. The case is a straight wall rim design, the rim is used to control headspace. Ideal for single shots and lever actions.
    • The 38-55, while first developed for the Ballard Target Rifles and later used in the Marlin and Winchester lever actions, was also a popular chambering in the Winchester 1885 single shot.
    • Modern ammunition for the 38-55 typically features a 255-grain jacketed bullet. Although, some specialty companies offer cast led bullet loads.
    • The popularity of the 38-55 Winchester in the 19th and early part of the 20th century earned it a place in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    44-40 Winchester Ammunition
    • Introduced in 1873, the 44-40 is one of the most famous cartridges of the Old West. It was first chambered in the Winchester Model 1873, known as the gun that won the West. This cartridge is fairly mild generating about a thousand pounds of energy from a rifle barrel.
    • The 44-40 gets its name from the old convention of caliber and grains of powder, a 44 caliber bullet over 40 grains of black powder. This rim bottleneck design headspaces off the rim making it ideal for both lever action rifles and handguns.
    • While most famous as a rifle cartridge in the 73 Winchester, another famous chambering was the Colt Single Action Army. This was the first centerfire cartridge to be used in both rifles and handguns.
    • Most commercial loads today use a lead bullet weighing 200 grains. With the rising popularity of Cowboy Action shooting, this cartridge is used mostly for target shooting today.
    • With thousands of vintage and reproduction firearms in use today, the future of the 44-40 is secure. It has my vote for the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    45-70 Government Ammunition
    • The 45-70 Government was adopted by the US Army in 1873 and developed for use in the Springfield Model 1873 single shot rifle. It’s considered a medium power cartridge generating around 1,600 pounds of muzzle energy in original loadings.
    • The 45-70 derives its name from the old convention of the caliber of the bullet over grains of powder. A 45 caliber bullet with 70 grains of black powder. The straight-wall cartridge is a rim design the rim being used to control headspace.
    • Although originally developed for the Trapdoor Springfield, it’s also been used in lever actions, double rifles, and gatling guns.
    • One of the best qualities of the 45-70 is its versatility, bullet weights range from 300 to 550-grains. Factory ammunition is available today from all major manufacturers.
    • In North America, it’s often recommended for the largest of game. In addition to being popular for long-range Cowboy Action shooting.
    • Although introduced in the 19th century the 45-70 Government is still popular today and it’s a unanimous choice for the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    45 Colt Ammunition
    • A joint effort between Colt and the Union Metallic Cartridge Company led to the introduction of the 45 Colt in 1873. Developed for the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army, the 45 Colt served as the official handgun cartridge of the Army until 1892.
    • Original black powder loads developed around 560 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. Introduced as the 45 Colt, its name was changed to 45 Long Colt during the late 1800s to distinguish it from the 45 Smith & Wesson Schofield. First chambered in the Colt 1873 Single Action Army, the 45 Long Colt has become one of the most famous revolver cartridges of all time.
    • Standard loads for the 45 Long Colt feature a 255-grain lead bullet moving over 900 feet per second. Some specialty manufacturers offer loads with heavier bullets at significantly higher pressures for modern revolvers such as the Ruger Blackhawk.
    • The 45 Long Colt has been in production since 1873, and its future looks bright. What a great addition to the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    50-70 Government Ammunition
    • The 50-70 Government was the first centerfire cartridge adopted by the US Army. It was developed for use in the 1866 Trapdoor Springfield.
    • The round is considered a heavy powered cartridge generating over 2,000 pounds of muzzle energy. It’s name is derived from the old convention of caliber of bullet over grains of powder, that is 50 caliber bullet and 70-grains of black powder. The case is straight-walled and features a rim to control headspace.
    • Primarily used in the early Trapdoor Springfield’s, this cartridge saw only seven years of use before being replaced by the 45-70. In addition to the Springfield other guns such as the Sharps and Remington Rolling Block were chambered in a 50-70 as well.
    • The 50-70 was popular as a buffalo cartridge in the late 1860’s to early 1870’s and even today. Interestingly General George Armstrong Custer’s favorite rifle was a Remington Rolling Block chambered in 50-70.
    • Although, little use today, our first centerfire rifle cartridge the 50-70 Government has earned its place in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.
    7mm Remington Magnum Ammunition
    • The 7mm Remington Magnum was introduced by Remington in 1962 and was released in conjunction with the new Remington Model 700 bolt action rifle. It’s a medium power cartridge generating over 3,200 foot-pounds of energy, with heavy loads.
    • Derived from the 375 H&H case, the 7mm Remington Magnum is a belted bottleneck design. The belt is used to control headspace in factory loadings.
    • While first chambered in a Remington Model 700. Today the 7mm Remington Magnum is available in nearly every commercial centerfire sporting rifle. Ammunition is readily available, and bullet weights range from 100 to 175-grains.
    • Considered a medium game cartridge, the 7mm Remington Magnum is popular among deer and elk hunters. Its flat trajectory and high energy levels, make it an ideal choice for western hunting where shots tend to be longer.
    • With perhaps a million rifles chambered for the 7mm Remington Magnum, its future is quite secure. It truly belongs in the Cartridge Hall of Fame.

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    Gunpowder, also commonly known as black powder to distinguish it from modern smokeless powder, is the earliest known chemical explosive. It consists of a mixture of sulfur, carbon (in the form of charcoal), and potassium nitrate (saltpeter). The sulfur and carbon act as fuels while the saltpeter is an oxidizer.

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    What is gunpowder used for?
    • Gunpowder, also commonly known as black powder to distinguish it from modern smokeless powder, is the earliest known chemical explosive. It consists of a mixture of sulfur, carbon (in the form of charcoal), and potassium nitrate (saltpeter). The sulfur and carbon act as fuels while the saltpeter is an oxidizer.
    What is gun powder a mixture of?
    • “Gunpowder,” as it came to be known, is a mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate), sulfur, and charcoal. Together, these materials will burn rapidly and explode as a propellant. Chinese monks discovered the technology in the 9th century CE, during their quest for a life-extending elixir.
    What are the components of gunpowder?
    • Gunpowder is an excellent example of a chemical compound. It’s a mixture of different compounds, all chemically bonded together. The three main components of gunpowder are carbon (from charcoal 15% by weight), sulphur (from sulphur dioxide 10% by weight), and potassium (from potash 75% by weight).
    Is gun powder used in all guns?
    • Modern firearms, such as rifles, pistols, and shotguns, no longer rely on traditional gunpowder. Instead, they use a smokeless alternative, primarily nitrocellulose. This nitrocellulose-based gunpowder composition offers numerous advantages compared to the older type of gunpowder.
    What is the chemical name for gunpowder?
    • potassium nitrate
     
    • Knowledge of gunpowder formulations, and of the products of their explosions, is essential in gunshot residue (GSR) analysis. Black powder is usually 75% potassium nitrate (KNO3, known as saltpeter or saltpetre), 15% softwood charcoal , and 10% sulfur (elemental S).
    Why did people use gunpowder?
    • Gunpowder was first use in warfare as an incendiary, or fire-producing, compound. Small packages of gunpowder wrapped in paper or bamboo were attached to arrows and lit with a fuse. Bombs of gunpowder mixed with scrap iron would be launched with catapults.
    How is gun powder produced?
    • In the modern process, charcoal and sulfur are placed in a hollow drum along with heavy steel balls. As the drum rotates, the steel balls pulverize the contents; this device is called a ball mill. The saltpetre is crushed separately by heavy steel rollers.
    What does gunpowder look like?
    Gunpowder is a mixture of sulfur, carbon (charcoal), and potassium nitrate (saltpeter) that is also commonly known as “black powder” due to its color.
    What are the advantages of gunpowder?
    • Gunpowder made the construction and destruction of the land easier and cheaper allowing canals, roads and railways to be constructed.
    What three things are used to make gun powder?
    • Gunpowder is generally a mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate), sulfur, and charcoal. Together, these materials will burn rapidly and explode as a propellant.
    What were the positive effects of gunpowder?
    • Fireworks are a prime example of how it can be used as an enjoyable and harmless medium. Gunpowder has also made it easier to hunt and kill animals to sustain life. However, it is never the proper and good-intended uses that create negative impacts.
    What are the two types of gunpowder?
    There are really only 2 basic types:
    • Black powder – made from Charcoal, Saltpeter, and sulphur.
    • Smokeless gunpowder – made primarily of nitrocellulose, possibly mixed with nitroglycerin or other components.
    How long does gunpowder last?
    American Civil War shells from 140 years ago can still exploded, so under the proper conditions traditional gunpowder can last indefinitely. Gunpowder goes bad when its ingredients undergo chemical reaction. Overtime exposure to air and water can cause the chemicals making up gunpowder to react.

     

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    RCBS Presses & Reloading Kits, RCBS loading presses and kits – single stage, progressive, turret, and shotshell presses, RCBS produce the reloading press.

    What is a reloading press?
    A progressive reloading press has multiple dies. Each one plays a specific role, including removing spent primers, bullet seating, resizing casings, crimping, decapping, and inserting powder into casings. A single pull of the press handle simultaneously progresses multiple rounds through the process.
    What is the difference between a reloading press and a swage press?
    • You just have more leverage with the swage press. The -S or -H type dies (for Corbin swage presses only) do NOT work in a reloading press. There is no way to install them in the ram. The reloading press has no method of ejection, of holding the internal punch, or of holding the ram-mounted die.
    What is the difference between loading and reloading?
    • Difference between Loading and Reloading

    • The first time this information is fetched and displayed or executed, it is considered “loading.” whereas, Reloading, is the process of refreshing the content that has already been loaded once.
    What primers to use for reloading?
    But for general reloading of range ammo, any of these primers will get the job done.
    • Winchester WSP.
    • Federal No. 100 Small Pistol Primer.
    • CCI No. 500 Small Pistol Primer.
    • Federal GM100M Small Pistol Match Primer.
    • Remington No. 1 ½ Small Pistol Primer.
    • Fiocchi Small Pistol Primers.
    • Aguila Small Pistol Primers No. 1 1/2.
    What does the RCBS stand for?
    • Rock Chuck Bullet Swage dies
     
    • Because the resulting bullets were used to shoot rock chucks – a varmint of Western North America – he named them Rock Chuck Bullet Swage dies, later shortened to RCBS. RCBS soon outgrew this modest beginning in the back of a laundromat, and by 1948 Huntington relocated to a small shop.
    What are the different types of reloading presses?
    • Brands aside, reloading presses can be grouped into three categories: single-stage, turret, and progressive.
     
    What are the benefits of reloading?
    • Reloading Improves Performance

    • When reloading your own ammunition, you have complete control over the quality and choice of the components you use, you can change powder manufacturer, powder weight, primers, and bullet heads to best suit your firearm.
    What to look for in a reloading press?
    Before selecting a press
    • Types of guns to reload for.
    • Number of calibers to load for.
    • Frequency of loading sessions, quantity of ammunition consumed.
    • Time versus money, mechanical aptitude.
    • Required ammunition quality and tolerances.
    • Future expansion/changes of loading needs.
    • Space considerations.
    • Customer service.
    How many dies are needed for reloading?
    RELOADING DIES

    You’ll need a set of dies for each caliber you plan to reload. There are three dies in sets used for loading straight-wall type cases and two dies in sets used for loading bottleneck type cases. The third die in a 3-die set is used to expand the mouth of straight-wall cases
    What is the name of gun reloading?
    • Handloading
     
    • Handloading, or reloading, is the practice of making firearm cartridges by assembling the individual components (case, primer, propellant, and projectile), rather than purchasing mass-assembled, factory-loaded ammunition.

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