Case Preparation for Reloading

ZeglinThumbnailwith Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor and Owner of 4D Reamer Rentals

AGI Instructor Fed Zeglin knows reloading. In fact, he is the instructor in the recent AGI video course, Reloading from A to Z, and is the author of a number of articles on the subject right here on Guns and Gunsmiths.

In this video Fred goes over the basics of case preparation–essential if you are looking for consistently accurate results from your reloaded ammo. Continue reading

Ballistic Buzzwords

Dan Rogersby Dan Rogers
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

Seemingly every couple of weeks a new bullet, whether complete cartridge or bullet component for reloading, is released. There appears to be a fascination with long range shooting and hunting. This race to be the flattest and fastest is filled with jargon and abbreviations. But what exactly do they all mean? Continue reading

Product Review–Vent Rib Straightening Tool

with Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

If you own and hunt with shotguns, or if you are a professional gunsmith, this is one tool that can save you a lot of time. Straightening a bent shotgun vent rib is difficult to do by hand without doing further damage, but this tool from Brownells makes short work of it.

A professional gunsmith who sees a lot of shotguns come into their shop, will have this tool pay for itself the first time you use it. You can find it on Brownells website HERE. Continue reading

Collecting M1 Garands–Advice from Our G&G Expert!

with Paul Smeltzer
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

The M1 Garand is probably the most iconic US military rifle known. Called “the greatest battle implement ever devised” by General George S. Patton, it was the standard service issue rifle in World War II, Korea, and to a lesser extent in Vietnam. Every serious collector should have one, but finding a safe, accurate and reliable gun can be difficult.

Guns and Gunsmiths contributing author Paul Smeltzer, owner of Athens Gunsmith Service in Athens Louisiana, has been collecting, rebuilding and restoring M1s for many years. G&G recently had a chance to talk to him about these guns and how to go about adding one to a collection. Continue reading

Look Ma! No Ejector! (Or, “What is this, anyway?”)

By Clint Hawkins
Owner Hawkins Arms LLC,
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Member

A client brought in an interesting project the other day. He had purchased a rifle of unknown heritage that was beauti­fully blued and kind of looked like a Mauser. More on that later. It had been re-barreled, but whoever did it didn’t both­er to stamp the caliber on the barrel. The man from whom he bought it told him that the caliber was “8mm-06 or .300 something or other, probably a magnum.” He also brought a stock in which he wanted to mount the barreled action. He wanted it inletted, the barrel free floated and glass bedded, but he wanted to do the exterior himself. Continue reading

Ackley’s Favorite Son

by Fred Zeglin

Practical & Versatile, Factory ammo, longer brass life, and some were better than others.

270 AI vs 280 AI

Like all gunsmiths P.O. Ackley developed strong opinions about what cartridges had value during his fifty plus years building guns. Unlike most gunsmiths, Ackley based his opinions more on experimentation and empirical evidence rather than on feelings or judgments based on unverified information. Few gunsmiths have the broad experience that Ackley brought to the table, he was a barrel maker, reamer maker, cartridge designer, experimenter, tool maker, reloading expert, understood engineering principals, was knowledgeable about metallurgy, and was a gunsmith. Continue reading