Category: New Caliber

A new press, and some bench cleanup

I’ve found the need for a press that can handle larger sized dies, and it was time to mount a few presses that haven’t been in service in a while.

As seen, my Dillon 550B with case feed in 38spl and my new RCBS rock chucker in 375Cheytac!

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At last, I’ve ordered my “one true love”

Anyone that knows me knows I’m a giant fan of 45acp, as well as AR15 style rifles. For years I thought a fantastic product would be the marrying of the two things, AR15 + 45ACP = AR45!. Several people have made them, with various success, but none ever really to my liking.

Spending just about the same amount as a “normal AR, these days”, I’ll have a fantastic pistol caliber rifle that uses 30 round grease gun magazines.

Enter and Rudy at QualityMachine

Where oh where is my 300 blackout ammo?

Its been a month now since I got my 300 blackout upper. I picked up 100 rounds of ammo at the same time, regular factory ammo was hard to find or expensive, or both. I ended up with Gunn Ammo from GA. It used 300 blackout headstamp brass, and seemed to be ok, though other reviews I’ve read weren’t so nice. I’ve had an order in with Midway for 3 weeks, and the backorder date has been pushed out 4 times. It was supposed to ship yesterday 2/12/12, but I checked in to see it pushed out to 3/22/12. It scares me that Midway has so little a clue when product is actually coming in, but it really bothers me that this round that everyone under the sun is making parts for, could be so hard to find loaded ammo for. If I wanted to spend 1.50 a round, I’ll just go take my .308 out and get the job done, but I don’t. I don’t even have enough brass to justify a dies to load it.

I’d prefer 300aacblackout headstamps, just because thats how I am.

This is the 300 Blackout ammo that I have on backorder

Has anyone found an in stock source to buy ammo?

Entry Level 300 Blackout upper deal

DSA ZM4 Forged 7075T6 A3 AR15 Upper Receiver; 300AAC – DSZM4CBU300

Detailed Description – Forged 7075T6 A3 Flattop Upper Receiver
– Forged Front Sight Base with Bayonet Lug
– Trident Flash Hider
– M4 Style Handguards
– Aluminum Delta Ring
– M4 Style Feed Ramps
– Upper Half assembled as shown, no bolt, bolt carrier or charging handle included.

Manufactured by DSA – All Parts U.S. Made!


I’m not usually one that is lilkely to buy the entry level version of anything, so likely this won’t be my option. Plus you’re into another 250$ for BCG and handle.  Its a nice thing to see them in this cheap.

No 300 Blackouts under the tree.

Coal in my Stocking




Santa didn’t bring me that 300 AAC Blackout upper that I’ve been waiting for, perhaps he was fearful I’d be hunting with it?  Well, I would have been, but just for hogs.  Guess I’ll have to pick and purchase this one myself 🙁


Merry Christmas!

What I think is next…


300 AAC Blackout (7.62×35 mm), SAAMI short name “300 BLK” is a rifle cartridge developed in the United States and originally chambered in the M4 rifle.


Since its inception as the standard US military primary issue rifle ammunition the 5.56×45mm NATO round has run up against firm opposition from those who argue that the 30 caliber round provides the minimum, if not ideal, performance necessary for the modern battlefield soldier. While 5.56mm NATO has enjoyed widespread acceptance in military circles, the fluid nature of the missions that some special operations groups encounter often demand a round that not only provides better performance in the high energy standard velocity rounds but also one that can offer subsonic performance greater than the current standard 9mm submachine guns now in use.

In an effort to satisfy this need the 300 AAC Blackout (whose existence was first made public by an article in Military Times.) was created by Advanced Armament Corp. in cooperation with Remington Defense, under the direction of AAC’s Research and Development Director Robert Silvers.

Project goals were:

  • Create a reliable compact 30-cal solution for AR platform
  • Utilize existing inventory magazines while retaining their full capacity
  • Create the optimal platform for sound and flash suppressed fire
  • Create compatible supersonic ammo that matches 7.62×39mm ballistics
  • Provide the ability to penetrate barriers with high-mass projectiles
  • Provide all capabilities in a lightweight, durable, low recoiling package

Meeting these goals allowed the development team to negate many of the perceived drawbacks inherent to other large caliber cartridges when used in the M4 platform. Colt Firearmsand other arms makers had previously chambered AR pattern rifles and carbines in various 30 caliber rounds but several issues were encountered. In the case of the 7.62×39, its relatively severe case angle caused feeding issues unless specially modified AK47 magazines were used and even then results were less than outstanding. Modified bolts were also needed owing to its larger case head diameter. Rounds such as the 6.8spc and 6.5 Grendel had similar part-interchangeability issues but did allow for the use of the standard M4/M16 30 round magazine albeit with a reduced capacity.


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