Hand loading can reduce potential for error

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When hunting big game, a fraction of an inch can mean the difference between a clean kill and a near miss.

That's why Neil Twite of Hayden hand loads his own ammunition.

"It's all about accuracy," Twite said.

Hand loading, or reloading, is the process hunters follow to make their own ammunition. It is a matter of finding the right combination of powder with the casing, and the bullet for the right gun. Each ammo company puts out its own book that gives the proper amounts of materials for each bullet for different gun models.

Twite has been hand loading ammunition since his early hunting days. In part, it gives him something to do when no game is in season. But it also reduces potential for mechanical error.

Store-bought ammunition is simply less accurate, because it isn't specifically made for a hunter's particular gun.

While shooting thousands of rounds a year, Twite adjusts his ammo combinations until his shot is exactly where he wants it to be.

Rounds are tailored to different animals. For a smaller animal, a hunter may use a lower caliber and a slower burning powder. The opposite is true for larger animals. n

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