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?
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.
According to C. Rodney James, editor of the latest edition of The ABCs of Reloading: “There are at least five good reasons for embarking on the journey of reloading. First is economy. Someone who has come to enjoy the sport of shooting soon discovers that the cost of factory ammunition has become almost prohibitive....
Whether you handload to save money, improve accuracy or just have a hobby you have lots of options.
Like anybody, Hampton has his favorite handloads. But at the end of the day, it’s best to load what you can shoot confidently.