On December 31, 2013 the last primary lead smelter in the US will cease operation. News of the closure had prompted questions about future ammunition supply.
The Doe Run Smelter in Herculaneum, Mo. is a primary lead smelter. It is used to produce lead from raw ore, taken from the ground. Eighty percent of the lead consumed in the US is used to produce batteries. The recycle rate of these batteries is approximately 98 percent. Ammunition production only accounts for three percent of lead used. Sierra announced on their website that the lead used in their bullets is recycled lead, and comes from several sources in order to maintain a constant supply.
Federal stated in their FAQ that it does not anticipate any additional strain in their ability to obtain lead.
At this time it does not appear that ammunition supply will be effected. However it will be interesting to see if this will prompt ammunition companies to look to lead replacements in the future. In the future a new smelter may be constructed with currently existing environmental technologies to comply with EPA air quality regulations.
Registration is open for the March 8-9, 2014 Precision Rifle Series Match at Woody’s Hunt & Rifle Club outside of New Hill, NC. This looks to be the first eastern Precision Rifle Series match of 2014. Rules and round count have not been posted yet.
Desert Tactical Arms announced today that they are rebranding their company to “Desert Tech”. The company cites the change as “essential to provide a global brand that unites the arms, ammunition, and training companies.” Desert Tactical Arms was founded in 2007. Since then, the company has grown to incorporate 55,000 acre training canter and has added in house ammunition manufacturing.
Modular Driven Technologies recently sent us one of their new LSS Chassis Systems. The LSS is a very minimalist chassis that offers you the option to use your favorite AR15 pistol grip and adjustable buttstock. One of the most important features is that the LSS allows your Remington 700 short action rifle to accept Accuracy International AICS pattern magazines. Our initial impression is that the LSS is a very solid piece. Our factory Remington 700 Varmint rifle dropped right in.
PCP Ammunition is opening a “Limited Release” Signup for their brand new Match .308 Winchester polymer cased load.
I have used polymer 5.56mm ammunition in the past in training, but have always been left with a non-impression. The ammo worked most of the time and put holes in close range targets, however that was about the limit of my recollection.
“We are offering this limited release of production to a select number of consumers. We are limiting the production initially to allow for user feedback that validates our test results. PCP Ammunition and certified third party testing facilities have performed thousands of tests on this product and we are confident in its safety and performance. The ammunition is loaded to SAAMI specifications. We are extremely interested in the feedback of our first group of civilian consumers.”
According to a post on PCP Ammunition’s website this is the first time a high performance polymer .308 cartridge has been offered for commercial sale. While I cannot confirm the accuracy of this statement, I can say that I have never encountered a “match grade” polymer .308 load. If the information on the box pictured above is correct, it appears that the ammunition may be loaded with the excellent 175gr Sierra Match King bullet. If this is the case then there is a strong possibility that this load will be close to the military M118LR match. The M118LR is a popular load for long range .308 shooters.
If you would like to signup for the Limited Release, then check out PCP Ammunition’s website. We will be looking forward to getting our hands on some of this ammunition to verify accuracy and any advantage offered over traditional brass cases ammunition.
The factory wood buttstock on the AK-47/AKM rifles is a rather robust and trouble free part. It is impervious to cold. There is little to mechanically fail on it and your face won’t freeze to it in the winter. However it is not exactly ideal for all body types. If the factory wood fits your body and shooting style, you may not see any need to replace it. If you are smaller or larger than the average Russian, you may benefit from a different length of pull. Continue reading Improved AK – Rifle Dynamics AK to M4 Stock Adapter Install→
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Please remember to keep in your hearts and prayers those who are not able to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Some are on the street keeping out neighborhoods safe. Some are standing watch in far off lands. Some care for our sick and wounded. Some are just working to keep the lights on, toilets flushing and goods moving from sea to shining sea. All wish they were sitting down to a meal with those who they hold dear. Thankfully we are a nation who has citizens who sacrifice their comfort for the greater good.