Feeling good about reloading...Thanks


November 1, 2009, 10:24 PM
I just want to thank all you folks for all the knowledge you share here. Iím new to reloading but Iím in a very good place with it. About a year ago I got interested in making my own ammo. It was six months later that I finally made my first round. I taught myself, reading books and internet info (mostly here) and Iím loving every minute I spend at my bench. When I started I bought the RCBS Rockchucker master kit, a pound of powder, a hundred bullets some primers, a couple books and some other stuff you guys recommended. I worked up some loads and was very happy to have shot my first reloads. Then I went shopping for more components and I couldnít find the stuff I used before so I bought a hundred different bullets and worked up another load, it worked good but next time same thing. So Iíve learned and recommend to other noobís coming up behind me buy in bulk and save yourself some time.
Now Iíve got a good system. Iíve got baggies of brass in different stages of prep and a good key to identify them, loads that are proven and components to last a couple of years. I check every charge with a flashlight and that has saved me a squib Iím sure. A piece of plastic coated cable is indeed a good pocket cleaner. There are more tips Iíve learned here that I donít remember right now. It is even more satisfying to go to the gun shop and see that there isnít any ammo to be had at any price. If I didnít reload I couldnít shoot, period. My stuff has already paid for itself and that feels good too. So, Thanks, Rick

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November 1, 2009, 10:59 PM
It's a very nice feeling to have, isn't it?

It's nice to know that as long as I have the necessary components, I can have some ammo. I got into reloading long before this current buying craze. I'd hate to be in the position of being at the mercy of only what's on the shelf at the local store, if anything at all.

I never anticipated I'd get into the hobby. When I started acquiring nice firearms and began shooting a lot an old friend told me I'd eventually pick it up. I quickly dismissed that thought back then. Today I own firearms that haven't seen a factory load though them ever. And there's no way I'd become a good shooter still shooting factory ammunition. I'm not a rich man, and reaching levels of mastery takes the sort of volume few of us can afford buying factory ammo.

Happy hand-cranking!

November 2, 2009, 02:15 AM
I'm very glad I stumbled onto 'THR'...

The fine Community here has encouraged me to get back into Shooting, and, now, into Loading/re-Loading.

I'm enjoying both very much, and I am grateful for the education and progress and comoraderie I am finding for being here.

November 2, 2009, 08:54 AM
Reloading really is a good hobby. And as you get older and retire it improves ten fold. I know several retirees that complain they have nothing to do. But I can keep myself busy all the time casting bullets, prepping cases, then loading and shooting them. Prepping the brass goes from a bit of a chore to being as picky as you want in order to get that illusive perfect load. And to be honest if I ever do find it I'll probably be unhappy because I'll have nothing left to chase.
So for the new guys, just load 'em and shoot 'em and have a ball. You have a lot of good years coming with this hobby!!!!

Marlin 45 carbine
November 2, 2009, 09:20 AM
check garage sales for another press to set up in tandem with that chucker.
set it up for seating/crimping and get a buddy to run it while you powder 'em and save time loading pistol rounds. also decap/size pistol brass with it then to the primer then expand/dump powder.

November 2, 2009, 09:41 AM
Pretty much the same happy tale with me. While I was picking up some spare Berry Plated bullets at Cabelas last week, I ran into a guy searching in vain for ANY kind of .380 ammo for his wife's handgun.

Were in not for my very fine Lee Classic Turret, I'd be in the same boat as he and thousands of others find themselves these days.

Costs little, works great. What's not to like?

November 2, 2009, 11:42 AM
Beware. You get to the point that reloading becomes an obsession that rules your life. You just have to find that prefect combination of bullet, powder charge and seating depth to give you those tiny little groupies.

But fear not. We will be starting online 12 step meetings soon.



November 2, 2009, 11:46 PM
Noveldoc, I don't have a problem. I can quit any time I want...

November 2, 2009, 11:51 PM
I can quit reloading any time I want.

Why, I've already quit hundreds of times. :D

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