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Workshop Innovation: A reloaders one-stop shop

By Robert Jackson, Workshop Innovation

I have been a firearms owner since I was 16 and began hunting red deer in the Pureoras and Ureweras from that age. My first rifle (outside of my Marlin .22) was a Ruger Mk.1 in 7x57mm.


Since then I have owned, shot and reloaded for many more calibres. .223, .243, 7mm-08, 6.5x284, 7mm Rem. Mag; .270, .280 Ackley Improved, .30 Nosler, .45-70, and Ruger .375 for rifles, plus 9mm and .45 ACP for handguns.


I am a member of the Hamilton Pistol Club. I joined the RNZAF at 17 and spent 22 years as a fighter pilot with our Air Force and the RAF. For the last 15 years I've been with Air NZ. I operate my business, Workshop Innovation, from home.


“Workshop Innovations will soon be marketing a range of custom rifles from Glacier Rifle Company. These will have an OEM titanium action, GRC stocks as well as carbon fibre wrapped and stainless steels barrels.


I hunt whenever and wherever I can and my favourites would be chasing sika in the Kaimanawas and alpine hunting for tahr. I would like to spend more time chasing high country red deer and hunting South Westland but work keeps taking up too much of my time these days!


My business was started over 10 years ago by Julian Alai who was based up in Albany. He opened the business as Gunsmithing Tools and slowly expanded it from there. I took over the running of the business in September 2017. Today we are probably the biggest online store most people have never heard of.


Robert stocks an enormous range of reloading components.


We have over 5500 separate stock lines including all the major brands and many specialists brands you also may not have heard of. On top of a full range of RCBS, Lyman, Lee, Dillon and Hornady reloading equipment we are the major online retailer of Redding, Forster, K&M, Berger and Wilson. We are the sole stockist of the premium match grade Peterson brass.


Projectile-wise we carry Berger, Hornady, Nosler, Norma, Lapua, Federal, Xtreme, Frontier, Sierra and Speer. Our range of brass includes Nosler, Norma, Federal, Winchester, Hornady, Peterson, Starline, Gecko and Lapua. 


Workshop Innovations will soon be marketing a range of custom rifles from Glacier Rifle Company. These will have an OEM titanium action, GRC stocks as well as carbon fibre wrapped and stainless steels barrels.


Robert with his tahr and red stag trophies.


My demo gun (which NZGUNS will be reviewing) is the 6.5x284 which recently went with me down south. I shot it successfully, scoring a 12-point stag and a solid 12” bull tahr.


I will be getting a .260 Rem (for my partner Joy) and a .22 Creedmoor built for me. The 7mm Rem. Mag. still holds a great fondness for me but then I look at the .28 Nosler and I’m not sure which way to go now!


I am sole owner and trader and I’ll do my best to help you with your reloading requirements and any advice you may want.


Projectiles to suit any requirement. If Robert doesn't stock it, he'll do his best to source it!


If you're new to reloading and you want one piece of advice it would be along the lines of this: You can spend as much, or as little as you like on reloading gear. A general truism is that you get what you pay for.


The three most important tools to invest in are your press, your scales and your seating die. The goal is to produce consistent, concentric ammo.


I will always ask you what your goals are, i.e; what is your calibre, what are you shooting (game or paper targets) and how far do you want to reach “out there.” That largely dictates where I will lead you - that and your budget of course!




For more information and to check out Robert's full range of products visit:



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