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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:38 am 
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I started loading in 1966, something I have in common with Curly. Started Remanufacturing in 1970 when I got my Manufacturers license and stopped a few years later but kept up loading Shotgun, Rifle and Pistol rounds, which I do to this day.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:19 am 
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My granddad owned a gun shop and was a big trap shooter when I was growing up. My parents got me a Pacific DL155 12 gauge reloader (nobody touched granddad's 366) for my 12th birthday so I could load shells for our Wednesday night trap shooting events every week. That was 1974. I quit about 1980 and started up again about 8 years ago. I forgot how much I enjoyed it.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:14 am 
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Started in the mid 1960's on a Lee LoadAll. Graduated to MECS in the 70s and then bought a four-gun Spolar setup with hydraulics in the 90s. So, i've been stuffing empty shotgun hulls for 45 years - give or take. Started on metallic cartridges in 1971 but haven't loaded any metallics in at least 15 years. Loaded 2 flats of 12 GA, 1 oz loads last Sunday. Shooting Trap, Skeet, and SC almost weekly keeps the Spolar humming. :D

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:25 am 
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Mid 60s with a Lee Loader in .303 British.
Early 80s loading shotshells, like many, starting with a Lee Loadall.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:48 am 
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I am new compared to the rest of you guys. I been reloading 10-12 years.I got started when a friend loaned me a Mec hydraulic that was out of adjustment in many ways.It was a disaster, that is no loader for a beginner to start out on. Ever time I engaged it I did not know what would happen, more times than not it was not good. I'm not sure why I even continued to load.
After that hydraulic was replaced with a 9000 all was good.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:54 pm 
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I loaded my first shells in 1959. I was loading 30-06 rounds for my sporterized Springfield 03-A3 with a Lyman tong tool. Surplus powder was $1 a pound back then.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:51 pm 
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I have been reloading since 1974, beginning with the 20 gauge. I also load for the 12 & 16 gauges.

46 years....and I still enjoy reloading as much as ever. Every pheasant, ruffed grouse, woodcock, quail, sharptail, prairie chicken, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and goose I have taken has been with reloads. Almost every duck too, but there are a few that I have shot with factory.

I have also made it to A class in trap and AA class in sporting clays shooting reloads except for the events when you have to shoot new factory.

Reloading actually helped get me a job with Precision Reloading Inc. in CT, which opened doors to the mid-west and where I live today.

It has been a great ride and I am in no hurry to have it end!!

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:34 pm 
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I'm a relative newbie. I started with metallic in 2008, just before the powder shortage, and when I got into shotgun shooting started reloading for 20, then 12, 28, and .410 about 3 years ago.

I load target loads on a PW 800+ with a hydraulic drive, and hunting loads on a PW 375C.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:52 pm 
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First loads were 270 Winchester in ‘65, 30-40 Krag in about ‘66, 12 ga in 69, 243 in ‘73 and its been an epidemic ever since. Mounted my press to the trailer hitch of my car in ‘71 when I was stationed in Ft. Sill, Lee loader and a rubber hammer for the 12 ga.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:28 pm 
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Location: New Mexico
First loaded rifle in 1966, shotgun in 70, pistol in 71.

Been amazed by (but not enough to always buy) the latest advances in components, loading equipment, and other gear. We can now pretty easily approach factory accuracy, velocity, and terminal performance in most calibers and gauges. And often beat the costs. That's NICE.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:57 am 
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After reading your responses looks like I'm a sophomore, 1982. I like reloading just as much as shooting. I reload many shotgun gauges, rifle and pistol rounds.

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:15 am 
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i started in 1974 20 ga 600 jr. have had mec-texan-pw presses through the years. now have a spolor. loading all gages now. boy is it fun. thousands an thousands loaded


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:06 am 
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Started reloading 12ga 1985, rifle and pistol 1980, 20,28,410 1996.


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 Post subject: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:28 am 
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1968. I started with an ultra slow Lee Loader. My first press for centerfire was a Lyman Spartan which I still have. I think it cost about $20

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:16 am 
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This is cool. You guys have a ton of experience.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:03 am 
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I have been reloading shot shells since 1990.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:41 pm 
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In the early 80's a buddy introduced me to trap shooting and got me into a midweek league. Money was pretty tight back then but he had just got a MEC 650 that we put to good use. He also broke me in loading metallic on a Rock Chucker.

Life intervened for a number of years and then I discovered sporting clays about 8 years ago. My first call was to him to see if he still had the 650 but he'd sold it a couple months earlier so I was at square one for any reloading. That was a 600 Jr, a couple Sizemasters, an early Grabber and 3 9000's ago. Oh, and a Lee Turret press for when/if I get back to shooting more pistol and rifle.


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:19 pm 
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Location: Dayton, Ohio
I started reloading in 2008. Obama introduced me to it through his stupendous gun and ammo salesmanship.
Started loading 9mm and 45 ACP on an old RCBS single stage JR. press. Then purchased a MEC Grabber in 12 gauge, then a Hornady Lock and Load, next came a Pacific 105 single stage with 20 and 12 gauge dies, next a MEC single stage in .410 to supply my kids new found shooting habit and finally a MEC Sizemaster in 20 gauge since the boys have grown out of shooting .410
The above suits my shooting needs for now. I use the Grabber for target loads and the Pacific is set up in 12 gauge for hunting loads. The Hornady press is primarily used for pistol rounds but can easily swap dies as the need arises.

Both the boys load their own shells now on the Sizemaster do an excellent job.

'08 was a motivating time for me to be less dependent on the supply chain.
I love reloading my own shells and thoroughly enjoy crushing targets and killing game with my own ammunition. I haven't purchased factory ammo in years nor do I plans to do so.
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Keep your powder dry and enjoy shooting

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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:10 pm 
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1991, started 16ga on Lee LoadAll II and 28ga on sizemaster. Also 9mm and .284 win metallic for long range shooting. Later added 257 Wby.
Now I load for 410, 28, 20, 16, and 12ga for lead, bismuth, Hw13, hw15, TSS, and steel for all 5 gauges, with a decent bit of load development and testing for all the nontox.

I've got 4 MEC 9000 for skeet, 28ga sizemaster, 16ga 600jr, and 2 pw375s with 2 heads each set up for various plus 3in shells. Plus roll crimp dies for all but 410, which I use a good bit for steel. This forum has been a godsend for keeping them all working smoothly.

Started reloading for 7mm08 yesterday for my kid's new rifle, spent 8 hours on Nosler forums and various other bullet sites ;) I'm too excited, have to mention it-- my 12 yo daughter took her first deer, a doe, 3 days ago with it, and my 17yo son got his 2nd deer! Such an awesome hunting trip and time for me!! So now we are working up a 120gr accurate load for it, all together.

The broad range of deep experience here is great. I pretty much only read reloading forums for my internet enjoyment and it is my daily "newspaper reading" if you will. I love coming here and reading the thoughts and opinions of all this experience, and interacting with like minded folks... so much better than watching the news!


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 Post subject: Re: How long have you been a reloader?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:41 pm 
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^^^^^^I completely agree Dave^^^^^



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