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 Post subject: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:12 pm 
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Last week as I was loading shells in my garage ;I realized that I have been reloading
shot shells for thirty four years. The first loader was a Lee LoadAll that I used for about a year.
Then i bought a Pacific 366 in 12 gauge on clearance .I have been using the same loader
continously since 1987. No auto index ,just turn the plate and pull the lever.




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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:19 pm 
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Started in the 70s, maybe 72. Then the wife found out what it cost to shoot ATA games so I quit. Back around 2000 SHE got us back into trap. Now it's that and sk, 5-stand, and SCs. So total maybe 28 years over a 48 year span. A 9000H sure is different than a Jr.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:37 pm 
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I started in 1966 and have not taken a break.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:47 pm 
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I started back in April of this year as a way to try to guarantee a supply of shells for the wife and I in light of the COVID situation. I quickly realized that I enjoy reloading almost as much as I do shooting the shotgun. Given the current situation with reloading supplies (primers specifically), I'm now concerned that I may be back to shooting factory loads after I use up the last w209 primers I have on hand.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:55 pm 
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Location: Hemingway, S.C. 29554
I started in 1961 with a Lee hand loader. Pop bought a Herter's, model 49 if memory serves me right, & I got a rifle press the next year. I used both the Lee hand loader (added 10 & 12 ga. hand loaders) & the Herter's loader until the early 90's when I acquired MEC supersizers in 20, 12, & 10 ga. & I continue to use them today. I also still use the old Herter's rifle press, a model 3, I believe, to load 3 rifle calibers & two handgun calibers.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:08 pm 
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Location: Minnesota
Started shot shell loading in 1966 or 67. Rifle and handgun in 1974. Started with Lee hand tools, but shortly moved up to better reloaders.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:09 pm 
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Location: NSW, Australia
Started when I was 16, 29 years ago. Non stop since then.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:23 pm 
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I started reloading shotgun shells in 1967, started reloading handgun, and rifle ammo in 1974, and started casting my own handgun bullets in 1976.



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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:28 pm 
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Location: NE South Dakota
Dad started me when I was 6-7 years old. By the time I was 12 I was loading 250 rounds a week for our families weekly trap shooting night. When we would goose hunt, before I could shoot, I got to carry a 5 gallon bucket to go scrounge all the 12 and 10 gauge hulls I could find in the 2 mile long stretch of public pits overlooking the Missouri river south of Pierre. Came home with a full bucket almost every time too.

So doing the math, 36-37 years. 3 shotshell reloaders, 3 rifle reloaders and god knows how many sets of dies.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:56 pm 
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Started in 1977. Like a lot of people my first loader was a Lee LoadAll. Didn’t last long. Went to a MEC 600 jr. It started life as a 12!gauge but has been a 28 gauge for a few decades now. I quickly learned my initial thought of reloading to save money had a flaw. You don’t save money. You shoot more. In many respects I have gotten as much pleasure from reloading as shooting. I am always trying new loads and recipes.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:01 pm 
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I started in high school, early 70s, loading rifle and pistol on an old rcbs single stage which I used for many years. I played with shotshell reloading off and on over the years until this year when I started shooting skeet and trap weekly. Now I’m loading nearly all of my shotshells for clay sports. I find it as enjoyable as the shooting.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:03 pm 
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Started in mid 60's on someone else's shotgun reloader. Got my own, a Savage single stage, in '69. Added an RCBS Jr. in '73 to start loading .45 Colt, .30-30 and 6mm Remington. Started casting bullets in '74. Still have 'em all.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:36 pm 
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Location: Western Pennsylvania
only been reloading since 08-09 started off with a Mec 600jr then a 8567 grabber and now load with a 9000gn. I've always enjoyed it even with the old single stage but the best part now is my 10yr old Son is into it. Makes for some fun times and long nights in the garage hanging out with him. I wish i never got rid of those other loaders so I could set him up with his own press, guess I'll start looking for something so he can load his own 20ga shells.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:49 pm 
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I started 1967 took a break for three short tours to Vietnam and haven't stopped since.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:54 pm 
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I turned 16 in 1970, but I recall saving money from mowing lawns and caddying golf to earn enough to buy my first loader before i could drive. So, I will go with a half-century, to be conservative. Been using Hornadys the whole time.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:09 pm 
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Started 1961 or 62 with a Lee Loader (the old original hit it with a hammer model) in .30-40 Krag. Next loader was an old Herter single stage.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:14 pm 
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dutch7373 wrote:
I started 1967 took a break for three short tours to Vietnam and haven't stopped since.


Yep when I ETS'd and found a quiet spot to setup my loaders , I also started in
67 ! Haven't stopped yet , even though some are with steel shot and HTL .


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:51 pm 
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Started in 1973, right after we got married. My father-in-law wanted to shoot clay targets and quickly realized store-bought shells were to expensive to shoot as much as wanted. So, I went in half on a Versa Mec 700. Loaded a ton of shells on it. Moved to the Sizemaster, Grabbers and finally 9000E.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:52 am 
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Location: UK, England, Britain
15 years or so.

i just did some run of the mill stuff for the first 3 -4 years. then started expanding. i dont actually reload much. i just like doing cool datasets for unique ammunition. nontox, i`ve done a ton of subsonics. all just 12gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:23 am 
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I started sometime in the early '60s. Exact date escapes me, but it was around 1962 or 1963 for center-fire rifles. Shotguns came sometime in the early '70s.



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