Thanks to the 'old codgers'.


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Publius1688
December 19, 2009, 06:18 PM
I've been gradually breaking ground into handloading over the past six months. Bought three books, read tons of stuff online and in magazines, and doing loads of research in general.
Hanging around the reloading section of one of the local big box stores, I've met several fellows who have many year's experience handloading and reloading ammunition, and without exception, they've all been willing to share their knowledge with me, answer questions, and give advice. This is, as they say, the 'good stuff'.
The cadre of older reloaders have to be the most patient and kind folks around!

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jfh
December 19, 2009, 06:49 PM
heh. Why go to the big box stores, when you can hang out with the old codgers on the forums....

Jim H.

Walkalong
December 19, 2009, 07:14 PM
The internet, while also putting forth a lot of nonsense, also is a super way for new shooters, or just old shooters new to reloading, to learn the craft.

Wasn't so back in the day for us "old codgers". No such thing as internet, or even CD's for that matter. I still have albums for goodness sake. How old is an old codger anyway? :scrutiny:

The Bushmaster
December 19, 2009, 07:19 PM
Is and "old codger" as old as a curmudgeon?

Yeh...In those days (with no internet) you had to know how to read and comprehend what you were reading.

Did Alabama have schools in those days?

Walkalong
December 19, 2009, 07:21 PM
School? I don't remember. :D

I think I am old enough to be a codger, but not a curmugeon. :scrutiny:

ReloaderFred
December 19, 2009, 08:29 PM
The Bushmaster qualifies as a curmudgeon, since it's all about attitude, whereas we don't have any choice about becoming codgers. He's a likable old curmudgeon, though..... But if you tell him you like him, it makes him really grumpy!

Fred

Walkalong
December 19, 2009, 08:33 PM
I plan on becoming a curmudgien, later in life. One has to aspire to something. ;)

Wirenut1212@yahoo.com
December 19, 2009, 08:35 PM
I agree was at local store just looking around and I must have had that OMG what am I thinking getting into this look on my face when a nice older gent asked me how I was doing and boom one hour later and a trip out to his suv to look at some of his dies he was hauling around for some reason I realized what other hobby is there so much willingness to share what you have learned.

Walkalong
December 19, 2009, 08:38 PM
Fellow powder addicts, I mean reloaders, love to share their craft.

matrem
December 19, 2009, 08:49 PM
Some of us were fortunate enough to have an "old codger" around decades ago; and we're trying to return the favor.

USSR
December 19, 2009, 09:08 PM
Why go to the big box stores, when you can hang out with the old codgers on the forums....

Hey, I resemble that remark.:D

Don

The Bushmaster
December 19, 2009, 11:04 PM
Hummph [mumble] whipper-snappers...

ants
December 19, 2009, 11:23 PM
I'm far past the half-century mark and I'm suddenly getting sensitive to calling things 'old'.
All that stuff that seemed so old, doesn't seem so old any more.

Besides, post-'64 Winchesters still seem kinda new to me.

JimKirk
December 20, 2009, 11:03 AM
I been reloading for over forty years and I still lack one year getting my senior discount at McDonalds and the other eating places. Ask me about how old I feel when getting out of bed each morning! Maybe just maybe I'm a "ol' codger"! The best part about getting old is ....you didn't die young!

Jimmy K

Walkalong
December 20, 2009, 12:50 PM
The best part about getting old is ....you didn't die young!I like that. Something to be cheerful about.

ReloaderFred
December 20, 2009, 02:02 PM
That is a good thought. I like it!

Fred

The Bushmaster
December 20, 2009, 02:57 PM
By The Way Publius1688...Yer welcome....And thanks for remembering all of us "Ol' Codgers" and "Curmudgeons"...:D

Shoney
December 20, 2009, 03:57 PM
I remember when big box store meant sales diredtly out of a railroad box car.

Those were the days that boxcars were made of wood and men were made of iron!:neener:

snuffy
December 20, 2009, 05:32 PM
Who you callin old!? Just give me a couple minutes to get outta this chair, I'll show you who's old!

I DID have an old curmudgeon to teach me the ropes. Mainly he taught me the finer points of shotshell loading, that was around 1972! Goal was good duck loads!

I recently got a couple of kids started in the handloading hobby. It was a great pleasure to do it.

The Bushmaster
December 20, 2009, 06:15 PM
No-no Shoney...That's Mine Sweeper Sailors. "Wooden ships and Iron men"...But I do remember the box car sales (I grew up next to the tracks [probably the wrong side])...

I, also, remember as a kid having to haul the ice that they dropped off in big blocks for our refridgerator (Ice box)...

qajaq59
December 20, 2009, 06:38 PM
My friends say I'm older then dirt. Does that make me a Old Codger or a Curmudgeon? :D

cpaspr
December 20, 2009, 06:57 PM
qajaq59 -

That depends. Are you old enough to remember when dirt was still warm? Or when diamonds were still coal?

If the 59 in your user name is indicative of your birth year - approaching codgerhood only, not yet there. ('Cause I'm older than that, and I refuse to be a codger.)

joustin
December 20, 2009, 07:07 PM
Been hanging out in the reloading section of Gander Mtn? I have ran into a few reloaders there in the past year.

Shoney
December 20, 2009, 07:24 PM
Shouldn't there be another in between term, like Old Phart, you know, characterized as a ROP (Rotten Old Phart or Really Old Phart). And they are afflicted with COPD (Cogitating Old Pharts Disorder)

mokin
December 20, 2009, 07:39 PM
Brings back memories of Monday mornings at the donut shop with Grandpa. I was bored silly but tried to look interested, at least for a while. I still go back to some of that knowledge that sunk into my little skull....

Samgotit
December 20, 2009, 07:48 PM
If it wasn't for this site's age challenged, I'd probably have blown my hand off by now. :scrutiny:

Walkalong
December 20, 2009, 08:10 PM
Well, we can't have that. :eek:

Glad you are OK. :D

rfwobbly
December 20, 2009, 08:13 PM
...is to not do anything dangerous."


I'm no curmudgeon, but.... if you pull my finger.....

:evil:

jcwit
December 20, 2009, 08:28 PM
Well this maybe doesn't have anything do to with the current crop of codgers, but one of my favorite memories back when I was just able to drive back in the '50's was going to an old gun shop in the larger town near us and listening to the then "Old Codgers" tell their shooting/hunting/deer camp/fishing stories and more than a bunch of stretching the truth. The old shop had the old pot belly stove, fridge filled with beer and pop, elephant foot stools and old worn out comfortable easy chairs. Learned an afful lot about shooting and reloading there. If you wanted anything that the owner didn't have or more than likely couldn't find, he was always going to Chicage on Thursday and pick it up at Klines.

Man those were the days. I also remember I always got bawled out because when I got home I smelled like pipe and cigar smoke. Sure would like to go back and spend one more evening there.

Walkalong
December 20, 2009, 09:17 PM
Sure would like to go back and spend one more evening there. Don't you know it.

qajaq59
December 21, 2009, 07:42 AM
If the 59 in your user name is indicative of your birth year - approaching codgerhood only, not yet there. ('Cause I'm older than that, and I refuse to be a codger.) Don't I wish it was my birth year? ha ha Subtract another 20 and you'll be close.

And if you have been putting off that special hunt, or taking up a hobby such as loading? Keep in mind that no one is guaranteed tomorrow. If getting old teaches you nothing else, it's does teach you to "Go Do It NOW!!!!!"

GooseGestapo
December 21, 2009, 07:58 AM
Did Alabama have schools back then?

Yep!


Some of the best in the country. (and perhaps some of the worst, too)

Many of my friends went on to some lesser know schools such as Auburn University, University of Alabama, Georgia Tech, MIT, Harvard, Yale and such. Made something of themselves.
Can't say too much about myself however. Spent too much of my time hunting, fishing, and shooting (and reloading). Had something to do with going to Auburn University for my degree in Zoology/Wildlife Management.
Now, retired and between corporate aviation and flight instruction, I still do a little bit of hunting, fishing and shooting....... All over the country !

qajaq59
December 21, 2009, 08:54 AM
Boy GooseGestapo, it sounds like you're really living a tough like there. lol

USSR
December 21, 2009, 09:25 AM
My friends say I'm older then dirt. Does that make me a Old Codger or a Curmudgeon?

A curmudgeon is an 'ol codger with a bad attitude.;)

Don

jcwit
December 21, 2009, 10:42 AM
Question! What constitues an "Old Furt", opps I spelled that wrong, Dang.

jcwit
December 21, 2009, 10:49 AM
And if you have been putting off that special hunt, or taking up a hobby such as loading? Keep in mind that no one is guaranteed tomorrow. If getting old teaches you nothing else, it's does teach you to "Go Do It NOW!!!!!"
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YES, By all means. When I was in my 20's I turned down doing alot of things because their was always tomorrow, well tomorrow never came. Very shortly I realized to take advantage of the opportunities when they came up as long as they were legal. In looking back, man am I fortuntate to have lived and done some of the things I did, even with all the health issues I've had over the years. I have been very Blessed.

Once again, if you get the chance DO IT, and ENJOY.

Best jcwit

USSR
December 21, 2009, 03:06 PM
Question! What constitues an "Old Furt", opps I spelled that wrong, Dang.

An "Old Furt" is how 'ol codgers refer to guys older than themselves.;)

Don

Shoney
December 21, 2009, 04:17 PM
jcwit wrote:
Sure would like to go back and spend one more evening there.
After reading your post, I was thinking about my youth and gun shops. I fondly recall several characters who told "stories".

I remember sitting spell bound as one mountain of a gentleman would tell of his days in China as a mechanic with the Flying Tigers. I was thinking of how much I would love to go back and listen to those stories again. But then I cogitated on my naval and other parts of my anatomy and realized that I was really not yearning to hear their stories, I was yearning for my youth.:D

qajaq59
December 21, 2009, 04:42 PM
I was yearning for my youth. Yup, I guess we all do that. Mainly because it was so much fun. lol

jcwit
December 21, 2009, 04:46 PM
I'm still having a pretty good time, just takes longer, more enjoyment. Sure beats some of the alternatives.

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