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


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


Tolerance Stacking, or, Which Came First the Reamer or the Barrel?

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

My résumé has exposed me to some issues that most gunsmiths only experience from a very limited point of view. First, I rent reamers and headspace gauges to the gunsmithing fraternity. Naturally I hear everyone’s theory of what works and what matters, and I hear very clearly what clients want. Second, I am approaching thirty years in the gunsmithing business full time. Finally, I spent a little more than a year and a half as production manager for a large barrel making company. Continue reading


Product Review–Bolt Handles

Zeglinwith Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor

In this short video, AGI Instructor and Guns and Gunsmiths contributor Fred Zeglin shows some well made bolt handle replacements.

These provide a great custom look to your sporting rifles, or can be used to convert your bent-handle military bolts to a more contemporary straight handle. All it takes is a little fitting, welding and finishing and you will have a very happy customer at your gunsmithing business. Continue reading


What does a reloader do with tired old brass?

ZeglinBy Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor, Author,
Lassen College Gunsmithing Graduate and Cartridge Designer.

Of course you could throw in the scrap pile. However, if you’re a little creative you can find another use for it…

I can’t remember who told me the story, but it fits here and explains why I was willing to give this brass sculpting a try. As the story goes Bill was building a rifle stock, took it to a friend to show off his work and to ask for advice. The friend in question ran a furniture manufacturing plant and in their high end furniture they offered hand carved panels. Continue reading


Tip From The Workbench–Cerrosafe casting

ZeglinBy Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor, Author,
Lassen College Gunsmithing Graduate and Cartridge Designer.

In this video extract from the Gun Club of America‘s Guntech magazine, AGI Instructor Fred Zeglin demonstrates the technique he uses for casting a chamber using Cerrosafe.

Crease offers several advantages over using sulfur including that the final product is more robust and can be shipped without damage. Continue reading