As a little girl, Amy Sowash dreamed of shooting in the Olympics, especially when she plinked pop cans with her dad. She didn’t start taking the journey seriously, though, until she began preparing to attend college. At that point, Sowash started shooting competitively with rifles, and the next year, she walked on to the University of Kentucky rifle team.
Your M1 Garand used to throw empties forward and to the right as it should, but today it’s been ejecting to the right rear. What does it mean? Or you’ve reassembled your Garand and now the action is locked up—what happened? And do you really need a gas cylinder lock screw wrench and gas cylinder wrench to disassemble the Garand?
The M1903 Springfield rifle was only five years old when the U.S. Army recognized the chronic problem of recoil causing the steel receiver tang to split the wooden stock where the two meet. In 1908, the Army told Springfield to make all subsequent rifles with a 1/16 inch gap between the tang and the stock, solving the problem.
A quality tool for measuring TIR is essential for obtaining consistent, accurate results. Generally, measuring equipment is not a good area in which to skimp or economize, as one uses these tools throughout one’s handloading career. They form the basis for consistent reproduction of accurate ammunition lots.
Having sized, primed and charged our brass, the next step is bullet seating. Many approaches are possible; one that works well follows. When setting up a standard seating die, insert a sized, trimmed case into the shellholder and fully raise the press ram. Next, back the seating stem out and screw the die down until the internal crimping shoulder touches the case mouth.