Newbie paranoia


December 25, 2008, 04:54 AM
When you guys started to reload your first loads out the gate.. were you a little scared to pull the trigger?

Tell me im not the only one.. :p

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December 25, 2008, 05:14 AM
I haven't started reloading yet , but I will soon and Yes, I'm sure I will be a little anxious too. :D

December 25, 2008, 05:20 AM
Just the first couple of shots...

Now I dont like using commercial ammo.

December 25, 2008, 05:30 AM
If you were careful, and followed the rules

Always double checked your powder and tools;

And loading went without any hitches,

Jus’ pull the trigger on those son of b – b – b – - - - guns.
Or just let your wife do it.

December 25, 2008, 07:50 AM
I would say excited!!! Heck I knew I had put together just what the Speer #8 had said ....I knew that they knew what they were talking about....dang lets get a target up (empty oil can) ...BANG ..BANG ...BANG ....ahh..ahh ...dang that felt greeeat!

Jimmy K:D

December 25, 2008, 07:55 AM
yep, but got over it quick with the first shot, just be careful everything will be alright

December 25, 2008, 10:13 AM
I’m always paranoid. I always start with minimum start loads. One thing I have found is that the higher or faster I try to push the bullets the bigger my groups are. Yes my loads may not scream down range, but they group well, are well under the maximum pressures, and I will take the accuracy over the velocity any day. It may sound funny, but some of my best loads have come from Lee load data and using the recommended Lee dipper. They normally get you at or slightly below the starting loads. They are inherently safe as long as you follow the correct data. I know some will laugh at scooping powder, striking it off and dumping it in the brass. I did to. But it works.

December 25, 2008, 10:38 AM
Read, read, read the manuals, follow the recipes to the letter, and everything will be AOK.

Remember their aren,t lawsuits everywhere regarding reloading.

December 25, 2008, 10:47 AM
Yep, I felt that way a little. After that first pop, you feel everything you did was right, and very satisfying. If your gun blows up...........then not so much.

December 25, 2008, 11:08 AM
Load light, measure twice, double check your work and everything will be fine.

If you're really worried, just put one round in the gun.

December 25, 2008, 11:21 AM
When you guys started to reload your first loads out the gate.. were you a little scared to pull the trigger?

Tell me im not the only one..

Yes I was a bit nervous - but my father in law reloaded for me so I kind of figured that I would be okay. Now I laugh when I hear people tell me they got a 'good deal' at a gun show on ammo. No such thing unless you reload - in my opinion anyhow.

The only ammo I buy is 22LR.

Mikee Loxxer
December 25, 2008, 11:22 AM
I was nervous about shooting my first loads. After shooting a couple of them the nervousness went away. As long as you are mindful when loading you shouldn't have any troubles.

December 25, 2008, 11:23 AM
Sure, I was nervous the first time. Back then we were mostly on our own. A book or two, some articles in Guns and Ammo every month. but no internet full of knowledge to help out like now. When the first round went bang and sounded right, as well as hit the target, the butterflies went away. :)

December 25, 2008, 11:45 AM
I was excited, but then I had a Jedi master set me up the first time, and I knew the recipe was a good one. The gun I shot them through (all 800+ rounds) loved those loads. Unfortunately, I wore that gun out, and replacement parts are more than it's worth.

Ky Larry
December 25, 2008, 12:09 PM
I can't remember how I felt. Heck, I can barely remember last week, let alone 1974. Guess that's what happens when you get old. What were we talking about, anyway? Somebody pass me my Geritol.:confused:

December 25, 2008, 01:40 PM
....were you a little scared to pull the trigger?

Jimm -
Just proves to me you have a brain. The only person NOT scared would have to be a moron. Like the others said... start at the lower end.... take your time.... keep your bench clean.... follow the books.... and read, read, read!

All the best!

December 25, 2008, 01:55 PM
Hey Shoney...

You need to post that poem.... HERE ! (

I loved it!

December 25, 2008, 02:48 PM
Yes I was a little nervous the first couple of rounds.

December 25, 2008, 02:57 PM
I was scared during the first reloading process – I loaded the powder so light the pistol wouldn’t cycle properly. :o

The Bushmaster
December 25, 2008, 03:16 PM
My first reloads over 22 years ago (moderate loading of 2400 for my colt SAA .357 magnum)...Blam. blam, blam, blam, blam, blam...Hot Damn!! This is fun. Can't wait to reload them again.

Nervous for the first 6 rounds? A little bit, but like was stated above. If you read the manual, followed the instructions and loaded according to the recommened data. You are in and bitten by the hab...Aah...Hobby...

Art Eatman
December 25, 2008, 03:31 PM
Nervous? No. I was 16, and I just did what my uncle told me, as he watched the first few loads. He wandered off and I just kept on keeping on until I'd reloaded all the empty brass. But, by 1950, he'd been gunsmithing and reloading since around the early 1920s. I just figured he knew what he was doing, so I'd do what he said.

December 25, 2008, 04:23 PM
No, when I started reloading, I was maybe 15 years old, and too young to be scared of anything other than girls :evil:

In the last 38 or so years of handloading, I'm still afraid of girls :what: and even though I've had the occasional double charge (WHICH SHOULD BE AVOIDED - BE CAREFUL) I'm way more afraid of other people handling firearms at the range than I am of my own reloads.

Be careful like your life depended on it. Don't allow any distractions when you reload. I've double charged maybe one per decade, but that's more than enough. Skipping a charge and creating a squib load that gets stuck in your barrel and has to be tapped out with a brass rod is annoying. A double charge, on the other hand, is exciting. :eek:

Keep asking questions, we'll be glad to answer, and consider the safety advice in particular. It's just like explosives - handle carefully, make no mistakes, you'll be okay.

December 25, 2008, 06:38 PM

What? Put my poems up in that forum?
I’m afraid I just don’t have the decorum
My thoughts are private, glad you enjoy’em.

My goodness, those guys are posting haikus
That boggles my brain and gives me the blues.
And twists my knickers till it stains my shoes.

They say orange is a word you can not rhyme
But I’ve given it thought and lots of time.
Hope you don’t think the results are a crime.

My girlfriend Angie is called “The Flange”
And when I saw her eating an orange;
All I could think to say was “Poor Ang.”

Its winter, we wait for it to turn vernal
So when you visit the Kentucky Colonel
Don’t think of my poem when you use the urinal!

December 25, 2008, 07:10 PM
Those that write the gun rag pages
Make it up, but pose as sages
Those who think that it's all true
Pay the bills to print more poo

Even worse are the reviews
Pay for adds is pay'n dues
If per chance you didn't pay
It ain't so good what we will say

December 25, 2008, 07:28 PM
I had no worries at all about my first reloads - I gave them to a mate for him to shoot.:D

Dean Williams
December 25, 2008, 08:57 PM
A little nervous, yes. Was 17 years old and had no one to help me, plus hadn't quite figured out half what old Elmer and Grennell were talking about in the gun mags. I just followed the instructions that came with the Lee Loader right to the letter. That was 1973, or there-abouts, and I've been "reading the directions" ever since. I'm still here. Still have all my fingers, too!

December 25, 2008, 09:59 PM
I was scared during the first reloading process – I loaded the powder so light the pistol wouldn’t cycle properly.

Same here! Unfortunately I have about 200 of those rounds left :(

Redneck with a 40
December 25, 2008, 11:26 PM
Yes, I was very nevous the first time I pulled the trigger, but after 2 magazines fired and no issues, I got comfortable in a hurry.:D Since then, I've loaded probably 7500 rounds of 40 S&W and haven't had any issues. I'll never forget the first trigger pull, pounding heart, deep breath, and cringing as I pulled the trigger, lol.

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