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Category: Dear Labby – Q&A’s from our Lab


Dear Labby: Questions For Our Ballistics Lab

May 5, 2017
Write to us with your ballistics and shooting questions. Dear Labby is here to help.

The .30 Herrett: Steps and Tricks

September 16, 2016
The .30 Herrett was one of the great wildcats of the 70s and 80s. It is still a terrific cartridge.

Looking at Cartridge Efficiency

July 25, 2016
The .22/243 Win. wildcat is fast and flat. The .358 Winchester is more at home in the deep woods where its heavy bullet is more than a match for deer and black bears. They are both based on the .308 Winchester case. Which is more efficient?

One Rifle, One Scope Setting, All North American Game Animals

June 23, 2016
Can you make two very different loads, one for heavy game and the other for small deer, work with just one scope setting? Yes you can and Dave Whitney is just the guy to explain how.

When Accuracy Counts: Neck Turning

May 26, 2016
Neck-turning is time consuming and requires special tools, but it can enhance your rifles's accuracy if done correctly.

Shotshells for your Handgun

April 20, 2016
Anyone who hates snakes as much as I do will tell you that those CCI shot loads for pistols are useful items.

Making .300 AAC Blackouts

March 28, 2016
.300 Blackout cartridges are still rare compared to the number of .223/5.56 cases that often litter public shooting ranges. Using those, you can make your own .300 Blackouts for free. All it takes is a form die, a hacksaw, a file and bit of spare time on your hands.

Primers and Pressure

January 15, 2016
It is important to remember that handloads are not static items; they can be affected by changes in ambient temperature, no matter what the advertising departments may hope to have you believe.

A Dangerous Mismatch

December 17, 2015
The .300 Blackout is a great cartridge but, given the right circumstances, will headspace in a 5.56 chamber. Here is how and why the .300 Blackout can be a Dangerous Mismatch.

Powder Choice and Carbine Performance

September 9, 2015
Choosing the right powder makes a big difference in carbine performance.