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European Heavy Hitter: The Solid Brass USS Slug Tested

June 8, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
European Heavy Hitter:  The Solid Brass USS Slug Tested

By Jason Wimbiscus Two months ago I received an email from European Cartridge Unlimited, a Greece based manufacturer of reloading components, containing information on an interesting new 12 gauge slug called the USS (Ultra Solid Smoothbore).  These slugs, which are currently offered as components for hand loading, consist of a milled, solid brass, flat point...
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How To: Loading Your Own Shotgun Slugs

June 8, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
How To:  Loading Your Own Shotgun Slugs

Over the past few months, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with slugs and slug guns.  In addition to these pumpkin throwers being a logical choice of weapon in the thick northeastern woods, I can’t help but be drawn to guns that throw such massive chunks of lead and poke such gaping holes...
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Buckshot and Birdshot Put to the test

June 8, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
Buckshot and Birdshot Put to the test

If you spend way too much time on internet shooting forums like I do, you’ll notice a fairly common topic of conversation to be the value of birdshot loads for self defense.  I’m not going to pretend to be a tactical expert when I’m really just a guy who likes to fire guns at...
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June 8, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus

12 Ga. Lightfield Commander 3.5″ Magnum Slug I had one Lightfield Commander IDS slug left after my last round of tests and I was curious to see how they performed in my revised test block. Since this was my last slug, and I didn’t want to risk missing, I shot the block at a...
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.357 Mag rounds vs. the “Mock Deer”

June 7, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
.357 Mag rounds vs. the “Mock Deer”

The first rounds I fired into the block (which I’m calling the mock deer for lack of a better label) were a selection of .357 magnum loads that performed well during my wax tube tests.  My goal was to simulate a long range impact from my carbine, but I didn’t want to risk shooting...
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.35 Remington Tests

June 7, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
.35 Remington Tests

I finally got around to re-testing the loads I have for my Marlin 336 in .35 Rem.  I really like this rifle since it is almost as light and handy as my 1894 but packs a little more punch and with the right loads can give me a 200 yard reach if I need...
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Building a Big game Simulator

June 7, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
Building a Big game Simulator

I’ve spent a fair amount of my free time this summer firing various projectiles into sticky green wax in order to see what happens to said projectiles when they hit said wax.  For the most part, I’ve been enjoying the process (splitting the material in its solid state and spilling it in its molten...
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Terminal Performance: The .357 mag Carbine at 50 Yards

June 7, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
Terminal Performance:  The .357 mag Carbine at 50 Yards

I test a variety of different .357 magnum rounds, from a Marlin carbine, for terminal performance. The original magnum takes on a whole new attitude in a long gun.
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.22 Rimfire Gel Tests

June 7, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
.22 Rimfire Gel Tests

I’m currently in the planning phase of a project that will involve a large amount of ballistics gel.  Before this undertaking, I wanted to get a feel for how the stuff behaves and how much of it I’m likely to need per shot.  I figured a good initial experiment would be to make up...
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Raw Power!! Shotgun Slugs Vs. The Bullet Test Tube

June 7, 2010
By Jason Wimbiscus
Raw Power!!  Shotgun Slugs Vs. The Bullet Test Tube

Perhaps it’s a little strange that I’m fascinated with shotgun slugs.  After all, Vermont allows the use of centerfire rifles for all big game, so why would I want to bother with a firearm that is often considered to be inferior?  The short answer is that they poke a huge hole in whatever you...
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