Frontiersmen and cowboys needed to handload ammunition for efficiency.

When traveling by horse, wagon or walking, weight was always a concern, but components (lead, powder and primers) could be obtained along the way and cases reloaded as needed, all of which helped to keep weight down.

On the other hand, smokeless powders generally did not fill the case and had to be accurately weighed.

I do have a barreled action coming back from hart next month. Will probably throw it in a bell and Carlson m40 stock for now with pillar and skim bedding.

Publisher Prior to the development of the cartridge case, shooters usually kept a possibles bag that contained black powder (often in a powder horn), flash powder or caps, a bullet mould, patches, lubricant and other necessary items to reload and maintain their guns.

To make matters more difficult, most smokeless cartridges featured jacketed bullets, which were not as easily “constructed” as cast bullets had been, and neither were they readily available.

In time custom bullet makers started to produce them, and factories occasionally sold them as a component, but generally their availability was not widespread.

Early cases were mostly rimfire, were not reloadable, and the cost per shot increased substantially as they had to be factory loaded. Examples include the .45-70 Government, .44 Winchester and .45 Colt.

By the 1870s, the reloadable (Boxer-primed) centerfire case began appearing in the U. Self-contained cartridges and corresponding guns offered significant advantages over muzzleloaders and percussion guns, and they soon became widely popular; however, the cost of ammunition was still comparatively high, which created demand for handloading tools.

They were less than perfect for high-volume reloading, but served to assemble small quantities of ammunition, typically around the campfire (with heat to melt lead and cast bullets) in the evening.

In spite of their simplicity, they work well and can produce accurate and reliable ammunition.

I will get good-quality new dies I am asking only about the press to load competition rounds would the RCBS JR be OK? I used it for 30-06 as well as a multitude of other cartridges. although it is used mostly for decapping brass, forming 38-45 Clerke and 6.5x54 Mauser brass, and some trimming operations with trim dies. I used a new Rockchucker in the reloading class and would like to get new stuff but I gotta save a buck so this is good feedback.