Ammunition

Ammunition reviews and articles from expert authors, gunsmiths, shooters and gun experts at Gun Digest.

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Greatest Cartridges: The Indispensable .45 ACP

When it comes to pistol ammo, there is perhaps no more renowned cartridge than the .45 ACP. The heavy round earned its stripes and grew in popularity after nearly three-quarters of a century of service as the U.S. Military's sidearm.

The .375 H&H cartridge (middle) bracketed by the .458 Lott (left) and the .458 Winchester Magnum (right).

Greatest Cartridges: The .375 H&H Magnum

Renowned British firm Holland & Holland came up with the .375 H&H more than 100 years ago. But to this day, the medium-bore cartridge is among the most versatile hunting rounds available.

A close inspection of brass cartridges before every reloading is a must. Fine cracks such as the one above on the neck of the case render it useless.

The Breaking Point of Brass Cases

Brass cases are the one component that is reusable in the reloading process. But like all good things, these have an eventual end. Here is an explanation of the damages to look for and what to do when they're found.

Two 7x57 cartridges (left) next to 7.5x55 Swiss / GP11 (mid), .308 Winchester and .223 Remington (right).

Greatest Cartridges: The Revolutionary 7mm Mauser

The 7mm Mauser, also known as the .275 Rigby, was an influential cartridge. Paul Mauser's creation went on to hold sway over the design of both military and sporting cartridges in the 20th Century.

The great thing about reloading is the ability to build a round to meet the situation. A .45 Colt can become a perfect plinking revolver with a light load. The same gun can halt a rouge bear if the powder and bullet weight are pumped up. Photo courtesy Massaro Media Group and JNJphotographics.

The Essence of Reloading – Flexibility

Of course, saving money is one of reloading's great attractions, but it's not the only one. Perhaps more appealing is the flexibility the discipline gives shooters, allowing them to tailor ammo to their needs.

Nickel brass cases are visually appealing, since the coating resists tarnishing after being handled.

The Nickel Brass Case, Reloading the Shiny Sibling

Nickel brass cases are the shining gems of ammunition, resistant to tarnishing, no matter whose sweaty hands have been on them. But to use the component for reloading takes some understanding of the material's characteristics.