Midsouth Shooters Supply sells a ton of Hodgdon powders, because, of course, the company makes great products our customers love. But Hodgdon powders are also popular because the company’s experts are willing to help folks get started in the craft or guide experienced hands toward new reloading ventures. Whether you’re new to reloading or a seasoned vet, there’s always something more to learn.
That’s where Hodgdon’s Reloading Education section comes in. The company has stockpiled a wealth of information that can help take your handloading to the next level. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to look at Hodgdon’s online system for building top-rate rifle, pistol, and shotgun loads and give you some pointers on how to make time-saving and money-conserving choices on brass, bullets, and powders.
Click here to see the landing page on which Hodgdon begins the education process.
Select the Reloading for Beginners tab to learn the basics, from the effect of crimp depth in shotshells to reloading the .223 to matching shot type and size to reloading data.
Midsouth also recommends you spend some time learning about Safety. Click that tab to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of reloading, starting with the basic reloading precautions created by the NRA.
Then, select the Tips and Tricks tab for informative posts on key topics in the reloading community.
Here’s a sample of some of the things you’ll find on the site:
A few years ago, one of our Midsouth staffers asked an FFL friend to find him a Kel-Tec PMR-30, which were in short supply at the time. He purchased one for $600. Now, at a vastly better price, “The Shot Report” e-letter readers have a chance to win one in our giveaway.
Besides just the sheer joy of getting something cool for free, there’s a lot to like about the PMR-30 pistol. So, to fill you in on some of the best aspects of this handgun, we compiled a top-ten list of great things to like about Kel-Tec’s PMR-30, and we wish you luck when it comes time to draw for it.
Ammunition for the PMR-30 is affordable, if sporadically available recently. A lot of shooters love the similarly sized FiveseveN handgun, but just the 5.7 ammo that runs that handgun will turn a big wad o’ cash in your pocket into a small wad o’ cash PDQ. The PMR-30, on the other hand, chambered for the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, offers a lot of load availability and pricing. We currently list 14 different .22 WMR packages from CCI, Hornady, and Federal in bullet or shotcharge weights of 30, 40, 45, 50, and 52 grains. You can shoot this surprisingly powerful round for as low as 20 cents a round (actually, 19.88 cents/round for the Federal FMJ 40-grain load #129-737).
First reaction of most shooters who handle the PMR-30: “It is so light, it feels like a toy.” The gun and magazine together, unloaded, weigh only a pound, and with a full complement of 40-grain cartridges, it comes in at 20.2 ounces.
You can shoot the heck out it. Our staff has poured about 1000 rounds through one PMR-30, and everyone who shot it has loved it. But note that Kel-Tec says, “The PMR-30 pistol functions best with high-power ammo, often with bullet weights of 40-grains and up. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: CCI Maxi Mag 40gr, Winchester Super-X 40gr, Remington Premier Magnum 33gr.” Also, Kel-Tec notes, “Low-power ammo and/or lightweight bullets may cause failure to feed problems due to the lack of energy to cycle the slide all the way back. The following are currently low power, and may not function reliably in the PMR-30 pistol, especially if the grip is not held firmly: Winchester Dynapoint 45gr, Winchester Supreme 30gr.”
Capacity. The “full complement” mentioned above is 30+1 rounds. Start shooting the first of the month, keep shooting all month. If you like to do math and not have loose rounds in your range bag, then cipher this:
We added three steel magazines to the two polymer mags purchased with the handgun, which gives a loaded-round count of 150 rounds in magazines, or the tidy equivalent of three 50-round boxes of ammo.
The PMR-30 uses a double-stack magazine, and loading 30 rounds into it takes time, and holding pressure on the cartridges to put 30 in can tire your hands. To make this process easier, loading tools are available and recommended. Just do an online search for “PMR-30 loading tools” and several sources will pop up.
The trigger is a crisp single action with an over-travel stop. Our staff PMR-30’s trigger breaks at 3.9 pounds, with no creep and a clean reset.
Another favorite feature on the PMR-30 is the fiber-optic orange rear-sight dots and green fiber-optic front-sight dot. Even newbies understand and can see how to align the three dots, and they’re very visible on almost every target color. In fact, the color scheme is superior in low-light conditions.
The sights and good trigger translate to pretty good accuracy. With Winchester Dynapoint 45-grain JHPs at 15 yards, we can shoot some 2-inch groups off sandbags, but the average group size is closer to 2.5 inches. Our older version also likes Remington Magnum Rimfire 40-gr. PSPs, which come in around 2.7 inches as a group average.
The PMR-30 produces surprising power and penetration. Super-X 22 WMRs are rated at a muzzle velocity/muzzle energy of 1910 fps/324 ft.-lbs. out of a rifle barrel, and in the PMR-30 itself, we got 1339 fps/159 ft.-lbs., only a 30% decrease. In Ballistic Technology’s wax-like, easy-to-use Handgun Bullet Test Tubes, we were able to accurately measure penetration and wound-cavity size. We fired a round into two 11-inch-long, 3.5-inch-wide Handgun Test Tubes set end to end. The Remington PSP had enough energy to punch a quarter-inch-wide hole 4 inches deep into the second tube (15 inches overall penetration).
We have tested ten .22 WMR samples in the Kel-Tec for function and reliability. We encountered no function problems with any of the 10 brands. Some of our friends have mentioned two instances where the 30th round stuck in the magazine and didn’t feed. It only happened with Winchester Dynapoints in both of the polymer factory mags, so it may be an ammunition-specific issue. More likely, it’s that they did not follow the recommended loading sequence religiously. Failure to load the magazine properly can result in rim-lock, which will lead to a failure to feed. Most likely, after they got 15 to 20 rounds in the magazine, they didn’t tap the magazine on the bench to seat rounds.
All in, the lucky winner of the PMR-30 we’re offering will likely have himself or herself a ball with this handgun — with a red-dot or laser, it would be a wicked squirrel gun out to… as good as you are. Most of us are happy when the gun is better than we are.
A heads-up: You’ll notice we’re currently out of stock on all .22 WMR. Unfortunately, right now, ammunition manufacturers just can’t keep up with demand, and they won’t give us any expected dates of delivery, so we’re leery of letting folks backorder, when it may be a while before it can be fulfilled. If some looks to be coming in, we’ll try to let you know as soon as it hits the receiving dock.
Magnum Research has announced two new models of its stainless-steel Desert Eagle, these chambered in .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum. The company, based in Greeley, Pennsylvania, introduced the stainless-steel Mark XIX in .50 AE about a year ago.
“When we introduced the first stainless steel Desert Eagle Mark XIX in .50 AE last year, the demand was overwhelming, and it was difficult to keep up with that demand,” said Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing.
The new Mark XIX Desert Eagle .357 Magnum (DE357SRMB) and .44 Magnum (DE44SRMB) have all-stainless-steel frames, slides, barrels, and rails accented with attractive black appointments. Both models have 6-inch barrels and integral muzzle brakes, which will replace the add-on brakes Magnum Research previously offered. Both list for $1,931 and are scheduled to ship during first quarter of 2016.
Handily, the integral muzzle brake makes the new models the same overall length as the company’s standard 6-inch-barrel handgun, so the same holsters will fit the new models. The DE357SRMB and DE44SRMB also feature new Picatinny bottom rails for accessories.
Harris said, “Unquestionably, the Desert Eagle Mark XIX series is the most popular handgun that Magnum Research manufactures, and now, in stainless steel, the .357 and .44 Magnum, as well as the .50 AE, look more commanding than ever before.”
Click here to peruse our .357 Magnum ammunition choices.
Click here to view our .44 Magnum ammunition choices.
The FBI conducted 185,345 firearms background checks on Black Friday, the most ever during a single day. Asked why he thinks so many Americans are buying guns, White House press secretary Josh Earnest replied, “I don’t know, I really don’t.”
The record number of gun sales came two weeks after the Islamic State’s terrorist attacks in Paris, but before the San Bernardino,California, terrorist massacre.
“In some cases these are individuals who believe that they need to buy a gun so that they can better protect themselves,” Earnest added. “In some cases because it’s Black Friday, they probably are going and purchasing a gift for a friend or a loved one who is a gun enthusiast. I’m just pointing out that there are already an astonishing number of guns on the streets of America and far too many innocent Americans who are being killed by them.”
“The more that we see this kind of violence on our streets, the more people go out and buy guns,” Earnest said. “That is both ironic and tragic.”
Perhaps our readers can help Mr. Earnest out by telling him why you or folks you know bought firearms recently. And, let him know if you agree that it’s “a tragedy” that record numbers of Americans bought guns in recent weeks.
More Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on this most recent Black Friday than any other day on record, according to data recently released by the FBI. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, one of the largest retail-sales days in the country.
Stephen Fischer Jr., of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, wrote in a release, “This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014. The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”
Other Black Friday shopping days in 2014, 2013 and 2012 occupied the FBI’s “top 10” list of the most background checks processed in a 24-hour period.
Since 1998, FBI data shows that the bureau has processed requests for more than 222 million firearm purchases. The highest per annum total recorded in the 17-year span was in 2013, with just over 21 million requests.
We had some great shopping deals this year, in our humble opinion. We hope you found a great price on something you were looking for. Check back in a couple of weeks for other bargains and clearances.
Midsouth Shooters Supply would like to advise our customers that Winchester Repeating Arms has recalled its XPR rifles because manipulation of the safety switch may cause movement in the trigger system that could result in unintended firing. The company advises its customers not to load or shoot any XPR rifle until it has been returned to the company’s service center and received a retrofit.
A company statement said, “Failure to follow this warning may result in a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death to you and others.” Further, the company said, “We have decided to replace certain trigger group parts at no charge. This will require that all XPR rifles are sent to our service facility for a retrofit. We respectfully require all owners to return their rifles for the retrofit.”
For more details on how to return your rifle for retrofitting, or if you are unsure if your rifle is included in the recall, or if you have any questions about this recall notice, call or e-mail the company with the contact information below:
Toll Free: 1-800-727-4312
Or, if you click Winchester’s recall-page link above or here, you can enter the serial number of your XPR to determine its recall status.
If you click Winchester’s recall-page link here, you can enter the serial number of your XPR to determine its recall status.
Sturm, Ruger & Co. has recently introduced two new rimfire products: a new Ruger GP100 is chambered in .22 LR, and the Ruger 10/22 Takedown line now includes a model with a target barrel. MSRP for the GP100 22 LR revolver #1757 is $829. MSRP for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown w/Target Barrel #21133 is $629.
The new Ruger GP100 ten-round revolver has a 5.50-inch half-lug barrel to reduce weight and it uses an improved fire-control system that uses a lighter mainspring than previous Ruger double-action .22 LR revolvers.
“This .22 LR revolver has the same light trigger pull as our centerfire GP100 revolvers,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and COO.
The GP100 in .22 LR features a windage-and-elevation-adjustable rear sight with a white outline, a light-gathering fiber-optic front sight, and the original full-size GP100 rubber grips with hardwood inserts. The stainless-steel construction should make this GP100 an easy firearm to maintain.
This newest entry into the 10/22 Takedown line has a target barrel with a .920-inch diameter 16.10-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel. Fluted for weight reduction, the barrel also includes a 1/2″-28 threaded muzzle and is fitted with a thread cap. This new target barrel takedown model also incorporates the Ruger Modular Stock System and comes with both low and high comb, standard length of pull modules.
Readily separated into two subassemblies, the 10/22 Takedown offers a convenient transport and storage option. The barrel and forend of the 10/22 Takedown can be separated from the action and buttstock by pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies and pulling them apart.
The Ruger 10/22 Takedown with target barrel is shipped with a carrying case with extra pockets and magazine pouches. The 5.5-pound Ruger 10/22 Takedown is 34.50 inches long when assembled; each subassembly is less than 20.25 inches long when disassembled. It otherwise functions like the standard 10/22 action and comes with one ten-round rotary magazine.
If you already own a 10/22 or a 10/22 Takedown and want to add a target-contour barrel, click here to see similar barrels we have in stock. The very similar Green Mountain barrel (Item # 186-901503, $126.45) has the same OD, length, and fluting, but isn’t threaded at the muzzle. For both the Takedown Target and the GP100 22 LR, you’ll need ammo. Click here to see our full selection of rimfire ammo. If you plan to run a suppressed accessory on the threaded muzzle of the new Takedown, try the subsonic offerings.
Great news! If you’ve done a review for a Midsouth Shooters product, you’re already entered to win. Haven’t done one yet? Now’s your chance to get in on the action, and win a super prize pack from Montana X-Treme Gun Care!
What’s the super prize pack? Montana X-Treme is going to completely clean one of your guns. Pretty straight forward. You’ll get a 6 oz. bottle of each of their cleaning solutions, including the copper killer, plus the correct caliber of brushes, jags, patches, and a cleaning rod, to completely clean one of your rifles.
Here’s what you have to do. Just write a review of a product that you have some experience with. Go to Midsouth’s website, choose the item you have some personal knowledge of, good or bad, and write a detailed review. It DID NOT have to be purchased at Midsouth.
You can find a complete list of items you’ve already purchased after you log in, under account info. Otherwise, just go to any product page, click the review tab, and write the review. It’s super easy, and totally safe. Already a review winner from earlier in the year? You can still win the year end giveaway! Don’t forget that you earn badges and loads of respect for the more reviews you submit.
CLICK HERE to head to the Midsouth website, pick a product, give it a review, and GOOD LUCK!
P.S. Please give it a real review. It can be as positive or as negative as it deserves to be. Remember that this is to help your fellow shooters to better understand a product before they purchase it. Saying “it’s good” or “it’s bad” doesn’t help anyone. They’ll appreciate your take on the product, and so will we. Thanks!