All posts by Tracy Bates

My passions are my family and my church. The good Lord has blessed me with an understanding wife and sons. My other loves are reloading and hunting. I’ve been doing both for over 30 years. Hopefully, I can share my experiences with you and help you on your journey.

Forlorn and Forgotten Cartridges

I have always liked the obscure and unusual. Not weird, mind you, but off the beaten path. No, not flip flops to church different, but driving the back way because there is less traffic different. ‘Is it faster?’ they ask and I say I don’t know, didn’t care to check. Obscure and unusual cartridges have … Continue Reading ››

Kel-Tec SU-16 Rifle

The young man looked forlorn and perplexed. The gun show attendees were milling around the vicinity of our table making it easy to see the rifle slung on his shoulder. However, I did not recognize it at all. A sign indicated it was for sale, so I asked. The rifle was a Kel-Tec SU-16A in … Continue Reading ››

LET’S GET STARTED RELOADING: THE RESULTS

Now that you’ve reloaded some ammo, let’s talk about the results. Hopefully everything went smoothly. As I’ve written before, if you are reloading semi-auto pistol rounds, a cartridge gauge is very helpful to eliminate ‘failure to feeds’ in advance. Several online sources such as Midway offer inexpensive go/no go gauges for checking reloads. Just … Continue Reading ››

LET’S GET STARTED RELOADING: THE STEPS

We have talked about the equipment and the components of reloading. Hopefully, you are ready to go. ‘Where do I start?’ you might ask. As I stated in the first blog, you should obtain reloading books and manuals. IMG_20150712_181714050Reloading is serious business and you need … Continue Reading ››

Let’s Get Started Reloading: Components

Metallic cartridge reloading is the ultimate in recycling: you are the recycler and manufacturer of the recycled product. How cool is that! We’ve already touched on the equipment. Now, let’s talk about the components; the bullets and the cases.The best way is, of course, used brass. Hopefully, your own. Discards at the range are good, but … Continue Reading ››