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How Many Years?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by KiloBravo, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    Let's see who in this forum has been at it the longest. That is not the reason for the thread. I just thought it would be fun to see who has been at it for a couple hundred years, (Jack :supergrin:), and who is just starting out like myself.

    I will start. I think I am about 3 months in or so.

    ETA: I am talking about reloading here BTW, nothing else! LOL
     
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  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    The clarification is helpful... I didn't know if I was supposed to calculate the Viagra enhanced years or not. Wouldn't want to set some kind of record then be accused of not divulging the use of performance enhancing drugs. :dunno:


    Jack
     

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  3. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    I added the additional information specifically for YOU Mr. Jack. I had a feeling I knew what was coming as soon as you read my original post. :rofl:
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    To make my point, I'll just quote my post from the link below.. :) (which ended up being a funny thread if you haven't read it.. I had to find it in the archive)

    http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1194889

     
  5. [​IMG]

    I can only decipher the words "Hercules" and "Unique". :supergrin:
     
  6. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    It's been around 5 years or so. Can't recall exactly. Been in business as a commercial reloader almost 4 years (this October).
     
  7. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    The second line contains the words burnt wood, yellow something and dry urine. :whistling:
     
  8. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    To the OP, I first began reloading in 1982.
     
  9. fredj338

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    Wow, maybe only Jack can understand my pain. I've been stuffing my own shells for about 35yrs now. Still have my first handgun, but it's been religated to safe queen for the most part. Also had a small commercial ammo business back when CAS first got started & no one made lead bulleted ammo for rounds like the 38-40, 44-40. HA! My first chronograph had paper screens!:fred:
     
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  10. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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    Started in 1967 back in London loading only .38Special for about ten years.
    Started again a year ago, .380, .38Special, .40S&W.
    I do NOT have the experience or expertise all these other old codgers on this forum have!
     
  11. unclebob

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    I have only been reloading for 49 years. Still learning and forgot about half of what I use too know.
    Jack what is this Viagra you keep talking about?:tongueout:
     
  12. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    Just over a year for me... but 20,000+ already (all 9mm).

    Will be moving to .45 and .40 probably in the next year or so.
     
  13. D. Manley

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    Thanks, UB...Best I recall, I'm at 'bout 43 years but I feel a lot better now. Been a long time since that first "whack-a-mole' round came out & went bang. I thought getting my first blue press (a Pacific Single Stage) was flying high on high tech back then. Things have changed a lot since those days. I still have my first Speer, Pacific & Hornady manuals...it's a hoot looking through them and even bigger one to read my notes.
     
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  14. coachg

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    18 months for me and loving every minute of it.
     
  15. unclebob

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    My first press was a Mec 300. Then I got a Herters O magnum press for rifle. You want too talk about a boat anchor. Good press but weighed a ton. Still have my Lyman Reloading Handbook 43rd. edition. Copyright 1964.
    When I got into shotgun shooting me and my Dad went up to the White Elephant in Spokane Washington. Bought the press. 8 or 10 lbs of powder that came in a metal can. Fiber wads, primers and shot. No plastic in those days. Told them what Mec bar I wanted. And out the door. No scale too check the charge. Just started loading. I think the book came later when I started rifle loading. The good old days. I don’t think that I ever did check too see what that Mec bar was throwing. Shot many of Quail, chucker, and a lot of trap with that load, what ever it was.
    Didn’t have 10,000 different powders too choose from or bullets either.
     
  16. D. Manley

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    I don't know about the "good" old days, but they were different for sure. The nearest sporting goods store was 30 miles from me and only carried a modest selection of tools, components, etc. Back then, folks just didn't jump in the vehicle and dash off 30 miles without a thought like we do now. If that place did'nt have it, about the only source was Herters and catalog ordering was sort of a "pig in a poke" deal. I guess the best thing was, I had no idea of the other stuff that may have been available so, didn't miss it. My start was centerfire rifle followed by my .357 service revolver. It's a miracle I did'nt blow up the K-19...my policy back then was to fill 'em up til the primers cratered & back off just a tad. Maybe that's why I tend to favor the lighter stuff nowadays.
     
  17. unclebob

    unclebob

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    That trip was one of maybe 4 times a year that we might go too Spokane.
    72 miles away.
    You are right just about everthing else from then on came from Herters.
     
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  18. fredj338

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    SOunds familiar. My first handgun was a M19, 6" blue. I still have it, but it's now a 4", hard chrome "Smolt". I am amazed it still shotos as wel as it does. I cut my teeth reloading on it & it has seen some ugly, pound em out of the cyl loads.
    Used to buy reloading components @ the TrueValue in town. In many ways, it's sooo much better today w/ the internet & ability to order form all over the country as well as forums like this for brainstorming or just storming.:rofl:
     
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  19. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    They sure were. Free shipping from Widener's and Midway. Midway even gave you things like muffs and screwdriver sets.
     
  20. steve4102

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    I started loading Shotgun shells when I was 14, that was 39 years ago. I've only been loading rifle for about 7 years and pistol for about 2 years.
     
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