Ammunition

State-Of-The-Art Sabot Slugs: Winchesters Partition is Golden

[IMGCAP(1)] Shotgun hunters are currently blessed with some of the best projectiles—sabot slugs—they've ever had to shoot, but improvements in these rounds have been slow in coming. Winchester-Western ballistician Karl Foster redesigned the old pumpkin-ball slug into what is essentially a 20th century .72-caliber Minie Ball in 1933. From that breakthrough until the early 1980s, there was very little change in shotgun slugs—until the advent of rifled barrels for shotguns and sabot slugs changed everything. By encasing an aerodynamic .50-caliber pellet-like projectile in a two-piece plastic sleeve of bore diameter to grip the rifling (an idea used in artillery for nearly a century), slug shoot...

New .475 Linebaugh: Handgun Power To Burn

Few cartridge designers ever see their names in a cartridge headstamp. For example, Elmer Keith never had his name on a factory-produced cartridge, not even on his most famous design, the .44 Magnum. Sure, there are a few experimenters whose names are still alive, such as Newton, Ross, Weatherby, and of course Ned Roberts. Also, some proprietary English cartridges—Rigby, Holland, Westley Richards, Purdey—bear their inventors' names, but like Remington or Winchester, they primarily designate company affiliation. As well, many wildcat cartridges are named after individuals, but very few legitimate ones. It remains a quirk of the firearms industry that a cartridge designer's name usually passes...

.38 Special Defense Loads: We Like Cor-Bon, Remington

[IMGCAP(1)] The .38 Special has been the most popular revolver caliber almost since Smith & Wesson introduced it in 1902. Starting as a black-powder cartridge, which accounts for the too long case, it was switched to smokeless as new powders came on the market. In the 1930s, bigger, stronger guns lead to higher-pressure loads, and you couldn't be sure of which pressure-rated load you were buying until 1974, when SAAMI instituted the (+P) higher rating. The current SAAMI maximum pressures for the round are: standard .38 Special, 17,000 psi; .38 (+P), 18,500 psi; and .357 Magnum, 35,000 psi.

(+P) revolvers aren't necessarily bigger today, just stronger. Even the lightweight pocket guns can...

12-Bore Rifled Slug Barrels For Shotguns: Buy Browning

For many years hunters have used rifled slugs when they go after deer with a shotgun, but it wasn't until the inception of fully-rifled bores and the introduction of saboted loads that the shotgun became an efficient tool for hunters. Now, in some cases, accuracy can approach that associated with rifles, and searching for the best or most accurate load could provide the "shotgunner" with lots of off-season fun. Moreover, wingshooters and waterfowlers may be able to add a rifled barrel that costs around $150 to $325, rather than buying a complete, new slug gun.

Thus, the idea of simply adding a rifled barrel to an existing pump shotgun and turning it into a tack-driver has enor...

‘Background Check’ Rule Is Coming For You

On April 11, 2024, the Biden Administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a new rule to expand background-check requirements for private...