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Contributor Walt Hampton

About Contributor Walt Hampton

Walt Hampton is a professional gunsmith and writer from Virginia. He and his son Wade operate Buck Mountain Rifle Works, manufacturing semi-finished gun stocks and building custom rifles on order. Visit his website at or write him at


Long-Term Ammo Storage Tips

Modern primers and gun powder, if properly stored, have a nearly infinite shelf life. These items need to be stored with the three watchwords of care: cool, dry and dark.


4 Factors that Affect Ammunition Performance

A round that doesn’t go bang like it is supposed to can define heartbreak and disappointment for any operator, but it’s especially true for gun collectors. Operable firearms are the crux of many collections. And that starts with good ammunition performance. Here are four factors that affect ammunition performance. (Tip: You’ll want to test...