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Big Round-Up of Must-See Reloading Tools & Components for 2020

RifleShooter editor J. Scott Rupp takes a look at a bunch of great new stuff for your reloading bench.

Big Round-Up of Must-See Reloading Tools & Components for 2020
Hornady Reloading App: Hornady’s reloading manual is now available as an app. All the same data for calibers from .17 Hornet to .50 BMG are there, and you still get all the easy-to-use velocity and powder charts. You also get reloading tips and techniques, range logs, bullet selection help and more. Hornady will also offer limited free data on its newer cartridge releases like 6mm Creedmoor and .224 Valkyrie. You can either download the app for free and buy just the cartridges you need for 99 cents each or get the entire 10th edition in app form for $20.

New Bullets

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Hornady Precision Measurement Station: Here’s your one-stop-shop for checking key measurements on your components. The multi-purpose measuring tool allows reloaders to sort components according to size and quality by comparing bullet ogive location, cartridge base to ogive location, headspace location and overall case length. Also enables you to measure bullet runout and identify inconsistencies in cases and bullets. Includes five headspace bushings, seven bullet comparators and accessory mount. The base weighs almost eight pounds, and the station has leveling feet. $325

Barnes

  • 6.5mm Match Burner (145 gr.), TAC-TX (115 gr.)
  • .308 LRX (212 gr.)
  • .45 Tipped TSX (250 gr.)

Berger

  • .224 Long Range Hybrid Target (85.5 gr.)
  • 6mm Long Range Hybrid Target (109 gr.)
  • 6.5mm EOL Elite Hunter (156 gr.,) Long Range Hybrid Target (144 gr.)
  • 7mm Long Range Hybrid Target (190 gr.)
  • .308 EOL Elite Hunter (245 gr.), Long Range Hybrid Target (208, 220 gr.)
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Vihtavuori N555 High Energy: Designed for precision rifle platforms chambered in cartridges such as 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5x47, .260 Rem. and .308 Win. The company calls it the most temperature-stable powder in its class and is comparable to 4350’s burn rate. The powder includes an anti-fouling agent and excellent lot-to-lot consistency. $40 (1 lb. container; also available in 8 lb. container)

Federal

  • .224 Fusion (90 gr. for .224 Valkyrie)
  • .264 Terminal Ascent (130 gr.)
  • .277 Terminal Ascent (136 gr.)
  • 7mm Terminal Ascent (155 gr.)
  • .308 Terminal Ascent (175, 200 gr.)
  • .354 Fusion (160 gr. for .350 Legend)
  • .452 Fusion (260 gr. for .450 Bushmaster)
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SIG Brass: SIG got into the ammunition business a couple years ago, and now it’s branching out into brass. I received a 50-count bag of .30-06, and it’s quality stuff. Weight variance—heaviest to lightest—for 10 random cases was just 2.8 grains, and the standard deviation for those 10 was 0.98 grain. SIG promises exceptional neck concentricity and case wall thicknesss, and the case mouths are induction-annealed for consistent bullet retention. Flash holes are “precision-pierced” for alignment and concentricity to the case. Available in .223, .22-250, .243, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 BLK, .308, .30-06 and .300 Win. Mag. The .223 brass is available in 100-count bags; the rest are 50. $18–$43

Hornady

  • .224 A-Tip Match (90 gr.)
  • 5.45mm V-Max (60 gr.)
  • 6mm GMX (90, 140 gr.)
  • 7mm A-Tip Match (166, 190 gr.), FTX (120 gr.)
  • .308 A-Tip Match (176 gr.), Sub-X (190 gr.)
  • .338 A-Tip Match (300 gr.), GMX (225 gr.)
  • .35 FTX (165 gr.), InterLock (170 gr.)
  • .375 A-Tip Match (390 gr.)
  • .416 A-Tip Match (500 gr.)
  • .45 InterLock (245 gr.)

Nosler

  • .224 Varmageddon (50 gr.)
  • 6mm RDF (115 gr.)
  • .277 AccuBond Long Range (165 gr.)
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Sinclair TiN-Coated Steel Mandrels: Now you can get close to the lubricity, abrasion- and galling resistance of Sinclair’s carbide expander and turning mandrels but at a more economical price. For example, the TiN-coated mandrels sell for $20, while the plain stainless sells for $10 and the carbide models for $50. $20

Sierra

  • .224 GameKing (62 gr.), Tipped Game­King (64 gr.)
  • 6mm Tipped GameKing (100 gr.)
  • 6.5mm MatchKing (130 gr., 1:8 twist or faster)
  • 7mm Tipped GameKing (150 gr.)
  • .308 Tipped GameKing (125 gr.), Varminter (150 gr.), Tipped GameKing (180 gr.)

Speer

  • .224 TMJ (75 gr.)
  • 6.5mm Impact (140 gr.)
  • .308 Impact (172, 190 gr.)
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RCBS Matchmaster: When accuracy is what you’re after, this new electronic measure has the precision you need—0.04 grain. The MatchMaster has two modes—standard and match. Standard delivers 0.1-grain accuracy while Match gives you 0.04-grain precision. What’s more, in Standard mode you’ll get your charge in under 20 seconds. Powder settings are user-adjustable, allowing you to fine-tune your favorite powders and drop dispensing times without affecting accuracy. It boasts Bluetooth capability via a free RCBS app. We’ve got a full review of this scale coming next issue. $1,062

New Brass

Alpha Munitions

  • 6mm Dasher, 6mm GT, 6mm BR, .25 Creedmoor (all Small Rifle primer)

Hornady

  • 5.45x39, 7-30 Waters, .284 Win., .350 Legend. Modified cases for Lock-N-Load OAL gauge: .26 Nosler, .28 Nosler, .30 Nosler, .33 Nosler, .350 Legend
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Winchester Staball 6.5: Finally, a temperature-stable ball powder. Winchester’s new StaBALL 6.5 will give you the metering consistency you want that will also give you the same velocities and pressures in hot weather or cold. It’s ideal for 6mm Creedmoor, 6mm GT, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 and .270 Win., but it will work in other calibers as well. Depending on the cartridge, you might get 30 to 200 fps more velocity than other powders in its class. It’s environmentally “green,” and it has copper fouling-reducing additives. $29 (1 lb. street price; also available in 8 lb. containers)

Lapua

  • 6.5 Creedmoor (Large Rifle primer)

Nosler

  • .17 Rem. Fireball, .27 Nosler, 6.5 PRC
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Hornady Auto Charge Pro: A powerful electronic measure that won’t take up a bunch of space on your bench, the Auto Charge Pro is precise to within 0.1 grain. It offers customizable trickle speeds for different powder types—a great feature—and custom time settings. You can store settings for up to four custom loads. The touchscreen is backlit for easy reading, and a large knob on the side makes it simple to empty the measure. $442

New Dies and Die Accessories

Hornady

  • Dies: 5.45x39 (two-die set plus individual dies), .350 Legend (Series V four-die set, plus individual dies). Shell holder: No. 56. A-Tip seating stem: 6mm (110 gr.), 6.5mm (135, 153 gr.), 7mm (166, 190 gr.), .308 (176, 230, 250 gr.), .338 (300 gr.) A-Tip, ELD Match seating stem: .224 (75, 80, 88 gr. ELD Match; 90 gr. A-Tip)

RCBS

  • MatchMaster Competition dies (full length, neck size and seating): .204 Ruger, .22 Creedmoor, .22 Hornet, .22-250, .223 Rem., .224 Valkyrie, .243 Win., 6mm Benchrest Rem., 6mm Creedmoor, 6mm Dasher, 6mm GT, 6mm XC, .25-06 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 6.5-284, 6.5 Rem. Short Action Ultra Mag, 6.5x47, 6.5x55, .270 Win., 7mm-08, 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Rem. Ultra Mag, .308, .30-06, .308 Norma Mag., .338 Lapua
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Hornady l-N-l bullet puller: A quick, easy and inexpensive way to pull bullets from loaded ammunition. The L-N-L puller captures bullet and powder for reuse and works on cartridges up to .45 caliber. It comes with three collets, and two collets can be stored in the handle. $25

Sinclair

  • Micro-Adjust seater dies: .224 Valkyrie, 6mm BR Ackley Imp., 6.5 PRC, .300 PRC, .300 Norma Mag., .338 Norma Mag.

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