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Do you remember when you started reloading?

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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2017, 06:24:06 PM »
I started as a helper for my uncle, and I would decap the 357 & 308 brass. As I got older, then I was promoted to boxing the ammo, and then to seating bullets.    I started reloading back in 1981, and I started with a Lee Loader for a Remington ADL in 243 Win (I still have the rifle  ;D).  In 1984 I upgraded to a Lee press, and loaded for the 243 & a 44 Mag.  I currently reload for every rifle & pistol caliber I own.  ;D ;D ;D

Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2017, 08:05:14 PM »
I don't remember not being around reloading. My dad hunted with a Winchester model 70 that started life as a 300 H&H but had been rechambered to 300 weatherby. It would shoot crazy accurate but only with handloads. So naturally every fall I would help however he would let me. As I got older I got more involved and by the time I was 12 I was, with supervision of course, doing all the steps myself. After 20 years of hunting I have only taken one game animal with a factory round ;D. Sadly though, reloading has somehow went from a money saver during hunting season to an expensive hobby. I will get bored and spend a couple weeks and a hundred bucks working up a load for a rifle I rarely use just in time for the next new projectile to be released. It's a vicious cycle.
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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2017, 04:08:23 PM »
Started rolling my own 50 years ago.  45 70 Govt. was the go to back then. Excellent way to relax and have the projectile that you prefer because it isn't offered in factory, or is not offered anymore.

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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2017, 05:39:03 PM »
Started in 1973 loading 300 Winchester magnum using the old Lee loader. Now, that was primitive.   

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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2017, 05:45:59 PM »
Do you mean the ones when you used the base, hammer, and primer setting tool to seat primers? LOL. I had those for more than one caliber ::) Funny thing it worked until I could afford a C&H press and dies
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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2017, 06:08:48 PM »
Yup, that's exactly the one. One set for one cartridge.

Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2017, 05:03:20 PM »
I started in 1986 I was 15 was reloading for a Remington 788 222

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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2017, 09:47:38 PM »
I started reloading in 1963, used C and H equipment. Loaded for a Winchester Model 88 in .284 Win caliber (still have it, and some of the original cases) Used H 4831 Powder that I bought at the local sporting goods for 98 cents a pound.
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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2017, 02:54:44 AM »
I'm 48 years old and I am soon to start learning to reload. I have a friend here from the Amer. Legion I go to that I shoot with, and he has a long period of experience and I asked him first to teach me how to do it, show me what I actually need, would be nice to have but don't need, and what I absolutely don't need. That way I'm getting exactly the right tools to do quality loads. I want to start slow, and simple, taking my time, the only thing that we need to get are some dies, .257 Wby, .300 Wby, and .416 Taylor, he's got the rest. Once I'm comfortable and my "apprenticeship" is over, then I'll get set up. I'm really excited to learn something new

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Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2017, 10:53:52 PM »
Starting in 1986 using a Lee Challenger 2001 press mounted on an old wooden table.

Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2017, 06:47:54 AM »
Starting reloading in 2007 after I won a Winchester1876 in .50-95. In Germany only one comercial reloader made ammuniton for it, for 5Ä/shot. So I made a reloading course (in Germany you have to do this) and start loading ammo for my Winchester which I still have  :). Starting with 350gr lead bullets an 25gr Vithavouri N110. A soft load for 50m shooting.

Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2017, 02:24:27 PM »
Started in the early 90's! It was a purely economical motivation ( I am a cheap bastard )  The incredible accuracy gain had me hooked!

Re: Do you remember when you started reloading?
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2017, 09:26:17 PM »
It's awesome that there are folks here that have been reloading longer than I've been alive. What a knowledge base!!

I got started in 2014 loading for my Ruger M77 (Tang Safety) in 270 WIN. I load 130 gr Nosler Partitions over a healthy charge of IMR 4350. Now I load for my dad's Vanguard 25-06, my wife's Camilla 243 WIN and my Mark V 300 WIN. Once my brothers send their dies, I'll load for them too.

It's relaxing, saves money (except for now I shoot a lot more), increases accuracy and gives me another step that I don't have to rely on someone else for to put food on my family's table. I think that's what I enjoy the most. There's just something about taking an animal from the field to the dinner table completely on your own that makes a man feel like he's accomplished something.
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