Ammunition

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

Figuring out the greatest cartridges of all time has the benefit of having to test a ton of ammo.

Greatest Cartridges: A Debate with Plenty of Ammo

There are all sorts of cartridges, with all kinds of applications. But when the rubber hits the road, what makes a great cartridge? Well, dear readers, that is a complicated subject, but not one devoid of an answer.

Many tend to think the belt on belted magnums is to help the cartridges handle high pressure. In reality, the belt creates proper headspace in a rifle's chamber.

Belted Magnum Cases: A Myth Dispelled

The dominant feature of the belted magnum is, obviously, its belt. But, the unique facet of the cartridge's design does not function the way most believe it does.

Neck sizing is a snap, all that is required is a specialized neck-sizing die such as this one made by Redding.

Neck Sizing, A Bolt-Action Specialty

For those aiming to milk the most accuracy from their bolt-action rifles there is a reloading technique right up your ally – neck sizing. By only resizing the neck of the cartridge shooters can tighten up their groups in a jiff.

Classic expansion of a bonded core bullet, a 400-grain .416 Swift A-Frame recovered from a Cape Buffalo.

Bonded Core Beauties, Not Your Grandad’s Bullets

It's hard to deny the bonded core bullet has been a game changer when it comes to ammunition. Offering incredible penetration, expansion and ballistic performance, the bullets have become the go-to option for big game hunters.

Today’s hunter is constantly searching for the load with the best knockdown power, when shot placement is far more important in regards to knocking an animal down.

The Truth Behind Knockdown Power

Energy is definitely a factor in what is called knockdown power, but there are other facets in play determining if a round will floor game. Location of the hit and construction of the bullet/slug are far more important elements.

MTM Case-Gard Ammo Can Combos

Ammo Storage Ideas Done Right

One reason cited for the recent ammo shortage was increased buying and hoarding. If you’re one of those people with cases of ammo lining your garage or closet shelves, protect your investment and store your ammo where it will stay dry and ready to access with one of these 3 new options.

40 Smith & Wesson ammo needs to be taper cripmed.

Cartridge Crimp Styles and Uses

Crimping a cartridge is the final step in producing ammunition and it must be done. But the type of crimp used to hold a bullet in place all depends on the type of ammo you're reloading.

A .458 (left) and a .500 Nitro Express (right), each tipped with a 500-grain round nose bullet.

Round Nose Bullets, Too Often Overlooked

Round nose bullets should definitely have a place on a reloader's bench. They are a superior close-range option, remaining as accurate as a spitzer, while delivering more energy on target.