This particular factor can often be an afterthought. This shouldn’t be the case, given it can play an important role in an accurate load.
Take the guesswork out of reloading ammunition by checking out Handbook of Reloading Basics from Gun Digest.
The .219 Zipper persisted fitfully from 1938 to 1962 in that purgatory reserved for cartridges that look good on paper but somehow never quite measure up in real life. At this late date, it’s difficult to determine exactly how the .219 Zipper ended up on the compost heap of shooting history.
Like any reloading project, building rounds for a semi-automatic pistol has its own set of challenges. Semi-autos have tight tolerances, but many of its bugaboos can be avoided by reloading for accuracy and reliability, not maximum velocity.
Have the benefits of reloading been outpaced by modern factory-loaded ammo?
Headspace, measured from the bolt face to the cartridge stop in the chamber, is set during barrel chambering and installation. The barrel nut on Savage 110 rifles is a clever way to make headspacing easier and cheaper. British SMLE rifles have replaceable bolt heads that varied slightly in length, for a quick field...
It's often said that reloading your own ammo will save money. According to one author, that probably won't happen, but you'll sure shoot a lot more.
Walt Hampton talks about factors that affect handloads - and reloading in general - in "Performance Handloading: Handloading Sensitivity," a Gun Digest Web Exclusive.
Consistent, quality loads are the key to productive handgunning. These new titanium dies from Redding will speed things along at the reloading bench so you have more time at the range.