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How did you start reloading

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by norton, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. norton

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    I let a .38 Special 8" barrel Python slip between my fingers. I'm just glad someone else is enjoying it.
     
  2. ithaca_deerslayer

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    My first handgun was a revolver for hunting, but then over time I got into semi-autos for self-defense and competition, but then got more into revolvers just because.

    .38 special ammo is expensive, and somewhat more difficult to find in the loadings I wanted, for what reason? Time to reload those cases and do it myself. Started doing that last year :)
     

  3. 51delta3

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    I started as s teenager in the early 70's with a less the $5 LeeLoader for my Winchester 30-06. Getting <1MOA groups, I was hooked and have reloaded for rifle, handgun, and shotgun ever since. My primary shooting sport is long range rifle shooting/hunting. Reloading has always been mandatory to optimize performance for success.
     
  4. Glock Commander

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    Great stories indeed. I'll like to "like" all replies.

    My dad reloaded for his hunting rifle. He had 20 pieces of W-W brass and probably loaded 5 rounds annually.

    My best friend's grandpa had a MEC and loaded 12 ga. 1960s.

    When I was in the Marines, one of our Lieutenants would harvest bullets from the Pistol Range berm and toss them in his casting pot. So I learned about casting.

    I started in 1982 and it is the greatest hobby.
     
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  5. NCTJ

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    Started late in life after the boys were moving out. Lee hand loader is still in use. I have loaded thousands of rounds with this little press in .357mag.,.40s&w, 9mm & 38special. Nothing fast, but steady. Getting ready for the Lee hand loader for 30-30! There is just something relaxing about one round at a time, at my time.
     
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  6. refugeepj

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    before my youngest son took an interest (interest at age six),
    i CCed a snub nosed magnum revolver.

    began reloading 38's and 357's, then 44 mag.
    when my youngest took an interest in 9mm, i acquired each of us a high cap 9.
    no one goes through ammo faster than a 9 year old boy!
    bought a large quantity of 9mm brass (once fired), dies, tool head, started loading.
    he and i would go at least twice a week, and we shot up a lot of those reloads!
    my boy is now a dad, almost 32, we still get out together when his schedule permits. to his credit, being a dad comes first.
    all my children learned firearms safety between the ages of 6 and 9, depending on their level of interest/maturity/ability to focus on safety.
    family is everything.
     
  7. jimmyk287

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    I started with a C-H single stage and progressed to a Dillon 550. I am at a point due to age and economics, that I will be slowing down. The problem if you can call it a problem is that I have more components than I need and I am going to have to figure out how to get rid of some of them. I have 8 pound jugs of AA2200 powder that have never been opened, and 30 carbine brass and bullets and don't have a carbine any more.
    I am not sure how to go about selling some of the components I still have stored.
     
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  8. CaptainGeneral

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    As a poor college student in the early 60's, I really loved shooting, but could not afford a box of breakfast cereal much less ammo. I started with an old Lee Loader and a Lee mould. With brass from the range and powder & primers given to me by a very good friend, I started loading. They weren't the prettiest loads in the world, but they worked and helped me into a trade and future with firearms and reloading.
     
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  9. mamanes

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    I started reloading for my Remington 742 30-06 in in 1973 in college. I was using a Lee Handloader. Stopped for a few years, bought a Glock 17 in 1988 and started reloading again using an old Texan 3 station press. That was too slow so bought a Lee Pro 1000 shortly thereafter. Stopped reloading and shooting for about 20 years. Dug it all back out about 5 years ago, added a Forster CoAx and a few more guns. Now reloading 9mm, 45 ACP, 44 magnum (rifle and pistol), 223, 25-06 and 30-06. I mostly use the Forster now, speed doesn't seem to be a priority as much as it used to.
     
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  10. es 350

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    I was 8 when I got a 12 ga (MEC 600 JR) for Christmas. Still have an empty 1lb can of Red Dot powder with price tag from early days ........$4.99 ! Good ole days!

    Back then it was MUCH cheaper to reload as to buy factory ammo and only way I could shoot much at all.
    Could also taylor the load (also to save money) for circumstances.

    Couple years later brother got a Lyman single stage kit for Christmas.
    We used this to afford to be able to shoot groundhogs and to work up more accurate loads in our 222 and 22-250.

    Grandpa was a BIG help when new calibers came along , week or so after some used dies and empty brass was sitting inside back door when we got home from school.

    We was BLESSED as kids!

    Early as I can remember was trying to improve on accuracy, velocity etc......

    Gun magazines gave us LOTS of ideas lol.
    Tried making a bullet mold when I was 11 or 12 to feed my 44 mag.... lol didn't work out too good with only a drill press!

    But a drilled out 222 Rem. case to accept a shotgun primer will propel a 22 cal. Pellet with enough force to effectively hunt squirrels to 25-30 yds.
    I think grandpa was even impressed!

    Great thread, brings back lots of good memories!
     
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  11. tjpet

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    Got a .270 Lee Loader for my 10th bd. My old bachelor Uncle Al took me out to Bargain Port (A poor, poor man's walmart) so I could buy components.
    I'll never forget the store manager looking at the powder, primers, and bullets and asking me, "Do ya know what you're doing with this s**t, kid?" I nodded and he started ringing me up. Those were the days!
     
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  12. SCmasterblaster

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    I started reloading on 1978 with an old RCBS Rock Chucker SS press. I now have a Dillon RL550B, and I am 61 years old.
     
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    It's cool to see so many of us got started
    with a Lee Loader, got mine for a 12ga for
    my tenth Christmas, also got a H&R 12ga,
    it was in 1966.
    My best Christmas.

    Have close to fifty of them now, rifle, handgun
    and shotgun.
     
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  14. Lazy R

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    Bought my first new handgun, a .357 model 586, in 1985 age 24. Friends of mine whose fathers had reloaded got me started right then. Bought a Lee turret press for about 35 bucks and used it until just a few years ago when I upgraded.

    Rewarding hobby and afforded me the chance to shoot much, much more than I would otherwise have.
     
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    I have been reloading for less than 2 years. My former boss was/is an avid reloader and got me interested. I watched countless hours of YT videos and read many articles on-line before I decided to get in the game. I only load 9mm and and enjoy it.
     
  16. thomas15

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    As a kid my Dad handloaded 30-06 and my brother and I would help. He shot cast bullets with his 1903 Springfield and 1917 Enfield. Although we "helped" we really didn't have an understanding of what we were doing. This was 1966-1970ish. I was 8 years old in 1966.

    After high school my shooting activities fell off but I did some BP and shotgun. In 1990 I purchased a Lee Load-All for 12ga and loaded up a bunch of shells but I really hated that press. In the back of my mind I always knew I would get to handloading metallic and saved a lot of brass.

    Finally about 6 years ago I started shooting 9mm pistols and in time started shooting with the pistol guys at my club on a regular basis. We have a small indoor range for winter shooting and you cannot use jacketed ammo there. The need for a lot of lead/plated and now coated ammo is what actually put a press on my bench.

    When we cleaned out my Dad's house to sell I took possession of everything I could find related to handloading. RCBS and Lyman were his brands and I have his RCBS Uniflow, 30-06 dies, a few misc. RCBS tools, a Lyman lubrasizer, primer pocket tool, chamfer and deburr tools and some other small things. No press or scale. So I knew I need to buy a bunch of stuff. As it was near Christmas I "asked" my wife for some gear and she is like ok so I got a Rckchucker, 5-0-5 scale, handprimer, case tumbler, Lyman 49th and some 9mm Lee dies. I wanted to stay away from Lee as mentioned I hate my Lee Load-All and Dad was an RCBS guy so that was it. So I started seriously handloading in 2013.

    Like many this hobby has gotten out of hand. I'm right in the middle of a bench rebuild which I hope to have completed by labor day. I built a 2 shelf bookshelf 8 foot long to hold some brass in plastic shoe boxes and my books, I have over 50 manuals and books on handloading. I have 4 presses, two single stages, a turret and a progressive. I'm a piker compared to some and I will never recoup my costs but I seriously shoot a lot.
     
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  17. Idoktr

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    Went straight to dillon 450 back in the day. Progressed to 550 and now 650. Always a progressive press........