I now have a partner! Please see A NEW PARTNER!

Jeff and I are in the process of reformatting the site. If you come in one day, find things are very different and wonder “What the heck are they doin’?”, we have no clue.

This will be a work in progress, so bear with us. But, by all means, do come back!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’m Jim Connor. I live in the mountains of beautiful Floyd County, Virginia. My partner, Jeff Brown lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. 


I put this site together to share the information and data that I’ve been generating in my handloading and shooting experiments.

You’ll find data on jacketed bullets, cast bullets, conventional “canister” powders and military surplus powders.

One thing you WON’T find is conventional data the likes of what you’ll find in published handloading manuals. My motis operandi is outside the box and off the beaten path. I’m not an inventor, I’m an explorer.

I can’t count the times I’ve heard “You’ll blow up your gun!” I won’t deny the possibility, but I haven’t blown one yet in 30 years of wandering around in uncharted handloading territory.

For my twelfth Christmas, my father gave me a Czechoslovakian made pellet rifle. He had taken the pellet rifle to a gun shop and had the smith install peep sights on it. Christmas afternoon, he took me out in the yard and taught me how to shoot. That was the beginning of a long love affair with firearms. I’ve been shooting ever since.

My wife, Janet, and I moved to Floyd, Virginia in late January of 2009. Not having children and Janet working from home, it enabled us to move to a quieter place than the big cities we had been in. We haven’t regretted one minute of it. On the contrary, we have enjoyed it immensely.

Floyd is a special place. It’s an eclectic little town in a rural/agricultural area situated just west of the Blue Ridge in the mountains of south-west Virginia. It’s a mix of twenty-first century, Norman Rockwell and “Mayberry”, that fictitious town from the Andy Griffith show. We even have our own “Otis”, the town drunk!

Our place is on a ridge about four miles north-east of down town. I call it Rifle Ridge. Our nearest neighbors are a herd of Black Angus cattle. You can walk a full circle around the house and all you’ll see is trees. Secluded and private, the most irritating noise we have to deal with is an occasional crow.

Our 3.65 acres is found (if you can find it!) at the end of an access road through another piece of private property. The geography is such that a driveway from the black top straight to our house is impossible. Being not only isolated, but at the end of a road that few people know exists, it affords the privacy I’ve always wanted.

The data I have established through all my testing can be found, by category, listed in the pages at the top of this page. This is a work in progress and I will continue to add data as it is established, so check back from time to time.

DISCLAIMER: Neither I nor Jeff Brown nor Wordpress.com will be held liable for any damages, injuries or death resulting from the use of any information found on this site. The information provided is purely for educational purposes. Should you decide to put any information on this site to use, you do so at your own risk.

As you’re scrolling through the site, you may see a photo that appears to be at thumbnail size. Simply refresh and the photo will show at full size.

Thanks for droppin’ by!


3 Responses to ABOUT US

  1. Ron Fender says:

    Jim, I followed a link to your site. Glad I did. Miss your posts on Cast Boolits. My handle is reaper. I’ve lived all over, but consider Virginia home. In my twenties, I used to hunt in Boykins, Franklin and Williamsburg, Your posts brought back great memories. Thanks again. Ron

  2. Bruce Drake says:

    I found your page through a link on Jeff’s Cast Boolit’s profile. You two have really put something nice here!

    I’ve already bookmarked your page and look forward to reading more about you and your projects


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