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Small Caliber, Big Savings: Reloading the .223

My first reloading experience was in Dad’s basement shop, watching, then helping him reload .38s and .30-06. I was about ten, and I still have the trophy he won at a local DCM (Department of Civilian Marksmanship) match with his handloads. Later, during my toolmaking apprenticeship, I moonlighted for a gentleman who made bullet-making dies for the benchrest competition elite. Most top shooters used Bob Simonson’s dies, including the founder of one of today’s premium bullet companies. I learned a ton about accuracy from Bob.
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Tipping Point: Accuracy and Economy Crossover Point

My Marine Colonel shooting pal is into vintage Swiss militaria and has several of the surplus Schmidt-Rubin rifles. They are reasonably priced and unique among contemporary military bolt guns in that they have a straight-pull action. The many I have examined had a tag under the steel buttplate bearing the name and unit of the last citizen to whom it was issued. Most of them have this.
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Happy Medium: Springfield Armory EMP

Any two opposing forces, given enough time working against each other, eventually come to a middle ground. Springfield Armory's .40-caliber Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) might just be the defensive pistol embodiment of this universal law.