Buffalo Bore 30-30 Heavy: This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Deer Hunting Cartridge

Buffalo Bore 30-30 Heavy ammo takes down . . . a buffalo. (courtesy buffalobore.com)

Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. writes [via ammoland.com]

I am going to admit that for no good reason I have in the past been a bit of a gun snob when it comes to the 30-30 Winchester rifle cartridge. I was new to the firearms business, right out of college, working at a gun shop in the Chicago area. First off, you could not even hunt with a rifle in Illinois so I am not sure what all the concern was about rifle calibers. Perhaps in the back of every customer’s mind they were someday going to be headed out west to take an elk at 1000 yards off-hand. These upscale Chicago hunters could not envision taking a moose in Montana with a lever-action cowboy gun known as a “30-30 deer rifle.” Some how I sort of fell into that thought process and dismissed the venerable 30-30 Winchester cartridge for over 35 years . . .

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Question of the Day: Got Ammo? Specifically, .22?

“I’ve never been much into large conspiracies–that is, until now,” Brian Buru writes at gunnews.com writes. “In talking with a few WalMart managers (who happen to be relatives), I can say that WalMart is in fact starting to hoard .22 long rifle ammunition from their normal suppliers. I can also confirm that it is very purpose-driven. WalMart is planning one of the greatest marketing coups in history of marketing. They are saving all their .22 long rifle ammunition to attract one specific marketing demographic: Men, on the accursed Black Friday (The big sale night and/or day after Thanksgiving). Black Friday is often so important to retailers’ bottom lines that some would go out of business entirely if it were not for the masses of people coming in.” Yes, well, my LGS (Sportsman’s Finest) is still restricting customers to two boxes. What’s the sitch in your neck of the woods? [h/t SS]


ShootingTheBull410 on Ruger’s New LCR 9mm

Ruger LCR 9mm (courtesy ruger.com)

ShootingTheBull410 writes:

Well, that’s mildly interesting! I love revolvers, but — 9mm in a revolver has never made much sense to me. It’s rimless, meaning you need moon clips, and the gun ends up being about 4 ounces heavier than the .38 Special +P version. That’s a pretty hefty difference, going from 13.5 to 17.5 ounces. Ballistically . . .

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ShootingTheBull410 Takes Federal’s Guard Dog Out for a Walk

By ShootingTheBull410

Following up on last week’s drywall test, this video is a more thorough examination of Federal’s Guard Dog for general purpose self-defense use in a 3″ barrel 9mm pocket pistol. In this video, I put Guard Dog through the regular ballistic gel test, as well as repeating the footage from the last video where Guard Dog faced off against four sheets of 1/2″ drywall and then impacted a block of ballistic gel . . .

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Backwards Bullets: “Do Not Try This”

I’ve got a problem with this video. It goes to considerable lengths to test the theory that backwards bullets are more lethal than frontward facing pills. And wouldn’t you know it: they are! Only when we get to 5:25 does Mr. Ammo Channel point out that it’s a really, really stupid idea; split casings and all. An upfront disclaimer might have been helpful for ADD-afflicted and younger gunnies. Anyway, YouTube commentator Stephen D. King puts the idea into historical context . . .

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Israel Exporting Ammo to Federal as U.S. Releases Ammo to Israel

(courtesy federalpremium.com)

You may recall that America released ammunition supplies to the Israelis during their recent “police action” against Hamas in Gaza. You may be surprised to learn that Israel has been making and exporting ammunition – albeit pistol rounds as opposed to 120-mm and 40-mm rounds – to America for Federal Premium. That’s the revelation unearthed by an investigation into the Israeli-owned shipping company Zim, the target of recent port blockades organized by Palestinian solidarity activists in California (don’t ask). According to truth-out.org . . .

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Ammo Scandal Rocks Athens, OH

Sheriff Pat Kelly (courtesy athensnews.com)

“The ‘good ol’ boy’ practice of purchasing personal ammunition through a law enforcement discount is nothing new in America,” athennews.com opines. An opinion mooted by now-suspended Sheriff Pat Kelly, currently awaiting trial on multiple felony indictments. Repeating Kelly’s defense at the top of the article without attribution is an extremely odd way to start an expose of illegal ammo sales in Athens Couty, OH. Everyone does it so it’s OK? I don’t think so. The local po-po bought 90k discounted and tax-free rounds (that we know about) for $22,592. Customers included . . .

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Thales Australia: 5.56mm Ammo with 7.62mm Lethality

Thales Australia is developing a new family of high-lethality small arms ammunition, including a 5.56 mm round [not shown] that the company says outperforms 7.62 mm ammunition [shown] at all ranges,” janes.com reports. “The so-called F9 technology is scalable in calibre, from 4.6 mm up to .50 calibre, and is being developed in collaboration with an undisclosed overseas partner, Graham Evenden, Thales Australia’s Director of Integrated Soldier Systems, told IHS Jane’s on 20 August. The initial focus is on 5.56 mm ammunition. Trial batches use a projectile developed by the overseas company, low toxicity, optimised propellant from the Thales-operated Mulwala propellant and explosives plant in southern New South Wales, and cases produced at the Thales-owned Benalla munitions facility in northern Victoria.” Spock! Analysis!


Russians Fear Ammo Sanctions. How About You?

The U.S. and EU ban on Russian-made firearms is hitting the country’s rifle industry hard. How hard? Let’s just say that the Kalashnikov Concern – which went bankrupt in 2012 – is very. Concerned. But maybe not as concerned as the Russian ammunition industry. While seventy percent of Kalashnikov’s weapons went to U.S. gun owners, 80 percent of Russia’s overall ammunition exports go to American gunners. themoscowtimes.com reports that “Any additional sanctions targeting Russia’s arms industry could have a cascade effect that would destabilize Russia’s ammunition production industry.” Which would suck for the Motherland’s fighting forces. Or not. “The Russian military and security services have large stockpiles of ammunition, and since 1990 the volume of state ammunition orders have fallen 20-fold.” I guess Cold War 1.0 was good for the Russian Army. Ukraine-fired Cold War 2.0? We shall see. For thee? That’s another story.


ShootingTheBull410 on the Brenneke Black Magic Short Magnum Slug

A couple of weeks ago we a test of .454 Casull vs. a 12-gauge slug (specifically a Remington Slugger). That slug did great, but it got me thinking — how much better might something like a Brenneke slug perform? So, this week, it’s a straight-up ballistic gel test of a Brenneke Black Magic Short Magnum one-ounce, 2 3/4″ shotgun slug. And (spoiler alert) it’s just plain incredible. About 150 fps faster than the Slugger and much more destruction — heck, the ballistic gel slow-mo shot alone was worth it (and should forever put “caliber war” claims to rest. Handguns are handguns, but a 12-gauge loaded with Brenneke slugs…well, I almost think Jayne Cobb might nickname it Vera.


Question of the Day: Should There be a Limit to the Amount of Ammunition You Can Own?

ammo stash


This one comes straight from nj.com. “This question is being posed after a large amount of weapons were found in domestic dispute case in Saddle Brook. A man was stabbed by his wife, and she was charged. The police found the husband’s gun collection and confiscated it in accordance with protocol. He may be charged for the massive amount of gunpowder in his possession. Does the man’s large gun ammunition collection pose a threat to others? Some feel that his gun collection is no different than any other collection. As long as he isn’t using the guns or gunpowder to harm anyone, he should be allowed to have it. Others are concerned about the man’s intentions – what is the man’s reason for having such a huge amount of ammunition in the first place? Should there be a limit to how much ammunition a person can own?” Go get ‘em tiger!


ShootingTheBull410 9mm AmmoQuest: CorBon DPX 95gr

In the never-ending 9mm Ammo Quest for the best pocket pistol load, TTAG published my test of CorBon DPX 115-grain, and it was really an excellent performer. But it also triggered quite a few requests, all along the lines of “when are you going to test the 95-grain version?” Now, normally I prefer heavier bullets over lighter rounds, all other things being equal, but testing from the short-barrel pocket pistols has forced me to re-evaluate that default position . . .

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