Woodworking Tool Basics

Quality tools are a must for any project, including wood working. Here are the must-know basics.

by RK Campbell
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Loading Ramp Bedding Pillar Combo Installation

Here’s how the Model 700 Remington rifle, converted to single shot with a special loading ramp and serving as a dual-purpose bedding pillar with added central action screw, shoots with the best of them.

by Norman E. Johnson
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1911 Grip Safety

The history and fitment of safety devices for a classic handgun.

by RK Campbell
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Redding T7 Turret Press Review

by Joseph Fox

If you’re a shooting enthusiast who is obsessed with accuracy and ready to go through the highest peak just to catch the exclusive costly gear, then Redding T7 turret press can be an interesting option for you. However, the progressive versions really need some changes!

Because with progressive presses, you barely acquire advanced features, precision, mobility, and diverse uses. I mean what’s the benefit if you can’t load ammo like benchrester Kyle brown? Nevertheless, I am going to review Redding T7 press to help you make an informed decision about the product.

Redding T7 Turret Press Review

 

Redding T-7 turret press

Firstly, I want to thank the manufactures for supremely powerful functions. Along with the sleekiest handling feature, this equipment ensures that hunters can customize reloading every time.

Secondly, the massive press which works tremendously for firearms reloading is a great plus. Also, the 7 station turret head is superbly easy to move whenever you expect the die to fall into places.
You might not know the most kick-ass part here, which is, if you combine additional turret heads with your press, then you can switch your reloader into calibres. And, this will happen without any major adjustments or hassles.
Without any additional setups, you can assemble the handle in the press-position. Initially, the spinning also lets the nuts to drop into the right place.

Then I would like to preach about the short, handy, and user-friendly feature. At first glance, you’ll find out the ball on top of the turret ram handle which remains gentle and kind in your palm.
Even if you’re in a long arc and need to hold it for a long period, it won’t convey any pain or discomfort.
Now, let’s talk about the green press body. It’s specifically crafted with cast iron and has a classy finishing with an orange peel. Sometimes, it might look alike wrinkle paint.
For instance, you might have a doubt about the inconsistency of changing dies constantly, just one after another.
But luckily, redding t7 turret press provides such pesky lock rings which can easily encounter any complications during the loading period.
Lastly, I would love to say about the shell holders and numerous die stations for multiple calibres. The universal shell holders help your hand to obtain maximum accuracy. Hence, it can be easily rotated in any direction you prefer.

• 7 Station Turret Head
The redding t7 turret press has 7 station turret heads which make the die fall into places in no time. Also, you’ll obtain absolute accuracy in each strike. However, if you grab some extra turret heads, then you can alter your reloader into calibres.
Luckily, additional turret heads are vastly available. You will find it easily and power up your reloading skills. Although the reloading process might be tricky if you are new.
Though by following the exact same steps like regular hand-holders. They usually load cases without taking it out from the shell holder.
You’ll need an onboard priming press to complete the whole reloading process. However, you can use a funnel over the opening of the cartridge with the powder charge. Moreover, with proper practice, patience, accuracy, and consistency, you can cut the chase.

• Cast Iron Construction
The cast iron configuration and the stout compound linkage helps to reload magnum cartridges with comfort. Initially, the cast iron compound bears high performance. You’ll get ample wear resistance and enough strength as well.
By all accounts, the construction is ideal for all maximum reloading process. And a press like t7 turret is bound to have that feature.

• Smart Primer Arm
Here the smart primer arm allows the small to large primers to seat adequately. Though it’s very tricky to seat the primers into tight pockets. But, with t7 turret press, you can change the game.
You need to detach the cases and prime it in a proper manner to switch the primer carefully within the presses with accurate orientation.

Also, the cleaning process of primers become easy after you replace the primer in the press.
However, even if you replace the index, it won’t benefit you while shooting. It will just ensure accuracy.
For your convenience, let me put it in a precise way.
Press Opening: 4.75 inches
Ram Diameter: 3.8 inch-stroke

Additionally, you’ll get a flexible hollow ram, a tubular primer configuration, and you can easily eradicate the tubular primer settings if it doesn’t fit your requirements.

• Full Die Set Semi-permanently
This extraordinary press has the biggest perk to offer. And no wonder it’s the ability to hold the consistency. Even if you expect a regular loading session or a becnhrest competition, all you gotta need is consistent loading of the cases.
Sometimes, with a progressive press, you lose the strike because of abrupt case loading. You end up lingering into changing cases and load them every time you insert a new one.

But here, you can mount a full die set which ensures a full die set semi-permanently. Moreover, this press allows all 7/8″-14 threaded dies. No doubt it’s an universal shell holder. You can’t admire more, trust me!

Pros
• Interchangeable turret heads
• Positive ram stop via powerful compound linkage
• Sufficient compatibility with smooth 1.75-inch ball
• Smart priming arm
• Additional ram stoppage

Cons
• Setting primer can be tricky for newbies
• It gets rusted easily
• The end slide bar is too long

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are T7 turret presses better than progressive presses?
If you have a handsome budget and crave for advanced modification then in every aspect t7 turret presses are better.

2. Do dies from Lee Precision fit with this press?
Yes, certainly.

3. What are the additional features?
Positive ram stop, small removable handle for switching on station to another flexibly.

Verdict

A powerful, robust press which stands on your all-purpose reloading desires. However, the optional automatic sliding bar might not impress you as it’s not necessary in most cases.

Hopefully, the manufacturers will minimize the inconveniences in no time.

M94 Winchester Vintage Peep Sight

When asked if I could install his older Redfield micrometer adjustable peep sight on his top eject Model 94 .30-30 WCF rifle, my answer was right there – Yup! Darn good choice.

by Norman E. Johnson
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Metal Art Giveaway 2019

Freedom Cabinet Raffle

Metal Art of Wisconsin (MetalArtofWisconsin.com, 920/717-0635) is a family-owned business in Wisconsin offering metal forming, shaping, and plasma cutting. Their custom designed art pieces hang on the walls of numerous studios, banks, museums, churches, hospitals, cemeteries, and memorials all around the world. Metal Art also makes a number of practical designs with their artistic flair.

Their 2nd Amendment collection includes metal and carbon fiber Freedom Cabinets. Both decorative and functional, these American flag-shaped cabinets are available in matte or glossy black with stripes cut from 16 gauge, cold-rolled mild steel, and finished with three layers of clear coat. A number of locking systems secure each strongbox, including invisible RFID lock, key cards, and biometric scanners. Each Freedom Cabinet comes complete with a tough, high-density foam insert that can easily be configured to store guns, valuables, booze, dirty secrets, or anything you want to conceal. Encased in a steel, lockable frame, whatever you decide to store in it will be safely hidden behind Old Glory. Available in 2, 3 and 4 foot sizes.

Freedom Cabinet Giveaway

Metal Art is giving away one of their newest models in the 2nd Amendment collection, a Biometric Fingerprint Freedom Cabinet Slider. With outside dimensions of 23 x 15.5 x 3.5 and inside dimensions of 21 x 12.5, the flag is cut from 16 gauge, cold rolled, ground and polished mild steel, then covered in three layers of glossy clear coat. The steel is inlaid and flush with the surface of wood for a three dimensional look and is all secured with a high-tech biometric (finger print) locking system.

To enter this giveaway, host a small, local shooting event. An easy, quick, scored course of fire held during a local hunter sight-in is ideal but anywhere and any type of shooting event you choose works. Submit a picture of your event along with a short description to the Editor about your shoot and we’ll put you in for the drawing. Winner will be announced in December.

Event Ideas

Hunter Bullseye: This is an ideal event to be held at your next hunter sight-in day. One cheap paper target (sample for printing at home is included) on any 100-yard range.
Hunter Bullseye download

USAR Postal Match: Conducted by the U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Program, these events can be held on any 25-meter range.
U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program Postal Match download

Any type of event is acceptable, these are just ideas. Have fun!

.224 Valkyrie Precision Problems

While my initial tests with 90 grain bullets had some problems, improved performance with this cartridge may be fixable.

by Joe Carlos
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