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Old 12-18-2013, 5:07 PM
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i started reloading when i had to pay more than $10 a box for 45acp

then i started reloading 9mm when it hit $10 a box

then i started reloading 223 when wolf hit $6 a box
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I bought an RCBS "A" press for $25 and it sat in the garage for about a year. Then I bought a Henry Big Boy in 45 Colt and knew the time to use the press had come. That was 3 years ago. I now load 20 or so calibers as well as a few wildcats.
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I started in 1968 with a RCBS Jr press for 30-06, a scale, primer pocket reamer, chamfering reamer and a reloading manual. My brass was all milsurp from WW-II. No mentor.
Primers were about $0.90 / 100.
H-380 and H-4895 was under $4.00 a pound.
Bullets were about $10.00 / 100 for Speer/Sierra. Same price but half as many for Nosler partition.
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Started May 2011 with a Lee Turret press, still using it. I have saved money reloading 9, 38, 45 and 30 cal carbine. Only two problems:

1. It seems I spend as much time picking up brass at the range as I do shooting.
2. When I get low on components I start to panic (doesn't matter how many completed rounds I have). And its close to panic time again
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I actually just started this year. My brother in law and I were planning on shooting on St Patricks day while his brother was in town. Two months before I tried to buy ammo at WalMart to find empty shelves. I bought a thousand rounds of .40 from a couple CG members, sold one of my dirt bikes, and bought my Dillon XL650, a rockchucker, and eventually found powder, primers, and bullets.

I've only loaded .40 so far and have been far too busy to shoot as much as I'd like. I've recently been getting stuff together to load .30-.30 because I haven't shot that rifle in almost two years. As money allows I'll be buying more anymore guns so the reloading will come in handy, I'd also really like to get into long range competitions so will come in handy for that as well.
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1980, after I bought my Garand. I reload for everything I own except rimfire & if that could be done reliably, I'd reload for that too. Currently, it stands @ 10 rifle & 3 handgun cartridges.
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Old 12-18-2013, 7:04 PM
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I started reloading when $20 bucks bought a pound of Bullseye, 500 hardcast 158 SWCs and enough primers to load them with enough change left over to pay range fees.

When PPC stood for, Police Pistol Combat, and when breaking 1400 with your own loads meant something. And now I get schooled on how to load .38 Specials from those who still only purchase pistol primers 100 at a time.

When the Range Master would give you a full coffee can of .38 Special cases if you swept-up the place before closing
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I got my own setup a last month. My dad has been reloading for years though. But when I got more into bolt actions this year, I felt the need to have my own setup. Right now I can load for my 308, 30/30, and my wifes 243. I've got about 300 rounds of 45acp to go through, then I'm going to start looking for a used Lee Turret.
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I started shooting pistol matches with our gun club a little over 2 years ago and new I needed to start reloading so I started buying components and collecting brass. About 7 months ago I bought a Dillon XL 650 to load 9mm and .45acp. I really enjoy reloading and customizing loads to my guns and it adds another element to the over all sport, should have done it many years ago.
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Started reloading shotgun shells with my step dad back in 1995ish. Haven't done much shotgun loading since around 1997.

Started loading pistol and rifle back in 2007 for the first time just to save on ammo costs. Now I am addicted to reloading not just to save money but to make better ammo than I can buy on the shelf.
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when i bought a 300RUM and bought my first and last box of factory ammo for 60 bucks
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I started reloading shotgun around 1987. Reloaded in a cold dark basement, with a kerosene heater to keep the chill off. I was all about safety at that time... Eventually, moved to pistol and rifle a couple years later.

Today I refuse to reload shotgun and get symptoms of schizophrenia when someone mentions MEC presses around me.
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Old 12-18-2013, 8:09 PM
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I got into reloading about 2 years ago. My dad has been reloading since I was born and he taught me how to do it.

I recently picked up a progressive reloader. The Dillon 550 and it's awesome. I can pump out about 500 rounds in an hour assuming all prep work is done. I reload mostly .40 S&W but my dad reloads .45ACP & .41 Rem Mag on it as well.

We also reload rifle rounds but do so on a single stage Lee press due to not having the correct powder charge bar for the Dillon.

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Old 12-18-2013, 8:38 PM
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I had a neighbor who was a hunter, and I used to spend a lot of time with him at his house. He was also a reloader and when I was in the second grade, he showed me how to work his shotgun reloading press, and I have been reloading ever since. He also taught me how to hunt, build a house and drive a truck. He was like a grandfather to me. He died in 1995.
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i was 19 when i went and visited my g-pa in florida who runs his gun shop out of his basement, he was loading up some 380 rounds to sell at his booth at an upcoming gun show. i loaded a round and watched him do the rest while asking a bunch of questions. came home to my new gp100 waiting for pickup and grabbed a lee anniversary kit and read and read and read everything i could. ive been reloading since. i dont do it to save money its just a great hobby and fun squeezing every last bit of horsepower out of each round. your buddys stare in awe at their overpriced ammo shooting a 2" group compared to .25 moa from homebrew rounds.
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Old 12-19-2013, 1:04 AM
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I'm just getting into reloading (however I've always kept all my brass since day one).

Problem is WHERE IS THE POWDER?!

I'm sure this has been discussed a TON as it has been with ammo, parts, and guns for the last year.

But what's the cliff notes on outlook?
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After watching the movie "The road", that helped me push to reload too. I decided that I would like to have more ammo, and never run out if I could avoid it.

Thinking back to when I was a child, my parents had a friend who was a neighbor that they went hunting elk with every year, and I recall seating what I think might have been lead .45-70 rounds with him, after casting w/lead the week prior. This was back in the 80's, I don't think I was 11 yet, and it was a single-stage press. I am going to contact my mother and see if she can ask them what calibers he reloaded back then, as I can't be sure it was 45-70.
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I started as soon as I picked up my first revolver. Why?? Because I really enjoy it. Learning from reload manuals and Handloader magazine is better than any college class I ever took....plus I get to shoot more for the same cost.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:14 AM
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When I bought my 9mm and then sandy hook happened. Then my coworker told me he makes his own ammo to which I replied "thats possible!?"
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I started reloading back around 1977. Soon after my 1976 graduation, my friend introduced me to shooting. His grad present was a Model 29 because he loved Dirty Harry movies. His dad was a WWII vet so he brought out everything to learn shooting ( 10 round S&W .22, 9mm Luger w/swastika roll mark, .357 S&W and the Model 29). About 6 months later, I purchased a Ruger Security Six.

My friend bought me a portable Lee Reloader for my .357/.38 revolver and thus started my reloading. After blowing up 2 primers (you have to use a hammer in all phases of reloading with the portable), I had enough and bought my RCBS. It came as a kit for about $90. I still have it and still use it to this day but last year I purchased a Hornandy LNL and while that setup has totaled about $1100, I'm already 1/2 way paid for it loading some 5,000 9mm, 1,000 .223, 500+ .45ACP, 500 .38/.357 rounds, and a few .44 magnums and 7mm TC/U rounds. It'll pay for itself by Spring of this year as I'm geared up for another 2,000 9mm and 1,000 .45ACP and 1,000 .223; I just got my .308 so that'll add to the cost for dies, but I suspect it'll pay for itself by the end of the year.

As for the RCBS... it's paid itself easily 10x in the course of 36 years of use.

Oh... I STILL have the portable LEE Reloader... if anyone is interested in trying to load a round of .357 I'd be more than happy to loan it out to you... chances are, I'll get it back so no deposit necessary!!!!
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The double whammy last year got me reloading.

First, summer 2012 my local range made bimetal ammo verboten. Most of my ammo for my AR, AK, and surplus rifles was bimetal. No ammo...and pricey brass...got me thinking about it. I asked for a Lee kit for Xmas 2012.

Then the "swirl" happened, with the media panic and political posturing, as well as the local gunshow (Glendale) being shut down. Faced with no ammo locally, and spotty availability and high prices online, I opened that box I got for Xmas and got crackin'. As components have become more available, I've started really loading in greater quantity so that I have a store of ammo.

Now I'm happily reloading for multiple rifle cartridges and just got a second press (a turret) to expedite pistol reloading. I love it - it's a great hobby unto itself and it really satisfies my OCD tendencies.
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Back when I was 11 or 12 my pa tried to get into reloading with a Redding kit he had troubles and gave up on the idea. Then at the age of 15 a RCBS RS-3 reloading kit with 30-30, 30-06, and 45 long colt dies showed up under the Christmas tree and had my name on them. Funny thing is I don't ever remember asking for reloading equipment for Christmas. That was 26 years ago.


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I remember reloading shotgun shells when I was 12. We were using #2 shot for honkers as I lived in Northern Illinois along a flyway. I doubled charged one load and when I shot it the gun was severly damaged! Its still sitting in my safe, as a reminder to pay attention to what it is I am doing. With a Dillon its not easy to double load pistol or rifle if you use the correct powders, and my MEC is self indexing....

I started reloading because kids couldn't buy ammo, the same reason I had to make my own wine at age 13. I still reload but gave up booze at 19...makes you stupid.
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Around 1985. Used a friends RCBS Rockchucker setup for 45acp. We loaded a bunch of trap loads on a MEC for 12g too.

then I got my own RCBS Rockchucker and have used it since about '87. Agree with other poster; reload vs 308 match ammo. Otherwise just do it cause it is interesting, kind like brewin own beer.
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Old 12-20-2013, 3:27 PM
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Just started this week!

Learning to reload has been on my list forever. My brother got me a Lee Classic Turret Press as an early Christmas present, and I finally got the rest of my stuff in this week.

I cranked out my first 20 test rounds, and they shot pretty well.

I shoot a lot of IDPA and I want to start shooting USPSA more, so it'll be great to be able to tailor my ammo to my own gun.
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2007 or 2008, bought a Lee single stage kit to reload 308 to see how much more precise my groups could be and the fact match ammo is quite expensive.

Since then I got a Dillon xl650, great machine.
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Started reloading last year. Was cleaning out my late father in laws tool shed and found an old C&H 3 station "H" press and with the increase of price/decrease in availability of ammo, I figured I would try reloading.

That said, I reload 9mm, 40sw, 45acp, 223rem, and 30-06.
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Early 90's for me....might be 92'. I started not because of savings but more curiosity. A co-worker had a Dillon progressive set up in his condo since he was a big IPSC shooter. He had me crank out 50 rounds of .38 Super. Needless to say I was hooked. Since I was on a very tight budget back in the days I stuck with Lee hand press. That served me well for the next 8 years till I eventually jump to my current RC 2. I'm a low volume reloader so the single stage suites me fine.

I currently load 9mm, 38spl, 357mag, 40sw, 45acp, .223rem, 7.62x39mm, and 12 gauge.

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1977. Bought a Chilean Mauser[1895 Model] and had a friend suggest I should handload for it. Bought an RCBS Rock Chucker and stuff and been handloading ever since. 30-30, 308, 270, 25-06, 30-06, 7 Mag, 38spl and .45acp. All on that RC! Looking at picking up a Lee turret to speed things up just a mite.
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Got my first center fire pistol in 1980. A Dan Wesson 357. Used to pay $9.99 at K Mart for Remington 38 Special. But what is neat, I first learned about reloading from the movie Nevada Smith. Brian Keith has Steve McQueen pick up the brass from his shooting practice! I started out with this:
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I started "reloading" when I got my first muzzleloader in '87. Soon after,I got a Lee Loadall Jr like this one:

My first metalic cartridge loads didn't happen until around 1999 or 2000 though.
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I first reloaded for shotgun when I was in high school 30+ years ago. I started metallic reloading about 2 years ago. I find it very stress-relieving and it is cheaper than therapy. I don't save much money, but I do shoot a lot more than I used to.

Currently loading .308, .223, .32 S&W, .38 SPL, 9mm and .45 ACP.
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About 1972. Started with a RCBS Jr press (still have it somewhere) loading .38/.357, 22-250.

Now my garage has Dillon 1050's, 550's, 5 gallon buckets of brass.
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Started in 1973. Bought a Browning HP and started loading 9mm using Lyman tongs. Took forever to load a box but was a great learning method. Updated to a Rock Crusher in '74. Loaded mostly rifle for the past few years.

Recently started shooting more pistol so a Dillon 550 is waiting under the tree for me.
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My dad taught me reloading back in the eighties when I was about 12 years old. We used to go trap shooting, and would load 100 rounds of trap loads every week or so. We loaded many different pheasant and quail hunting loads, and some handgun rounds as well.

In the sorry state of affairs we are in now, I can only imagine now how much scrutiny you would happen if your child was helping reload ammunition, and, god-forbid, some type of accident happened. It would be a leading news story, father "forcing" child to "manufacture" ammunition, blah blah blah.
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I was interested in reloading from the get-go when I bought my first firearm, a Colt Government Model, AKA "a 45 Auto" (now a "1911" in popular vernacular), upon reaching my majority.

What really got me going was the gift of a reloading bench from my cousin about two years later. Bench only, and used, but all mine to play with! I subsequently starting acquiring pretty much all RCBS equipment and told myself how much money I was saving by reloading!

Thirty plus years later and I'm still reloading and I'm still telling myself how much money I'm saving on the (now) fourteen calibers that I handload.

Besides saving money I have the satisfaction of making the ammunition, and making it to the velocity/pressure that I choose with my choice of bullet weight and type.

Reloading also has become rather necessary when you acquire a .32 Remington caliber rifle and a 10mm pistol!

The secret to all of the money savings by reloading: my time and labor is priced at $0.00
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After watching the movie "The road", that helped me push to reload too. I decided that I would like to have more ammo, and never run out if I could avoid it.

Thinking back to when I was a child, my parents had a friend who was a neighbor that they went hunting elk with every year, and I recall seating what I think might have been lead .45-70 rounds with him, after casting w/lead the week prior. This was back in the 80's, I don't think I was 11 yet, and it was a single-stage press. I am going to contact my mother and see if she can ask them what calibers he reloaded back then, as I can't be sure it was 45-70.
lol I just watched that the other day and was thinking "ha, that s**t'll never happen to me!" I helped the old man reload when I was a kid and once I started collecting old military rifles, it became pretty much a necessity. I can't afford $1.50-$3.00 a round boxes of ammo to plink away and after spending a modest amount of cash on reloading stuff, I'm cranking it out. a cheap single-stage is good enough for me, I don't load high-volume, but enough to keep in stock.
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Old 12-27-2013, 7:36 PM
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Got my first center fire pistol in 1980. A Dan Wesson 357. Used to pay $9.99 at K Mart for Remington 38 Special. But what is neat, I first learned about reloading from the movie Nevada Smith. Brian Keith has Steve McQueen pick up the brass from his shooting practice! I started out with this:
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how do you like the Pact powder dispenser/scale? I have the lyman 1200 and love it, just wonder how the others work. bought my dad the hornady one and I don't think he's used it yet, lol. aside from emptying powder, the lyman is sweet though.
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