Longest Running?


January 6, 2012, 10:06 AM
For the last thirty or so years I have been reloading 38Special/357 magnum cartridges. That is the caliber that I have been reloading for the longest time.

What cartridge have you been reloading for the longest time?

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January 6, 2012, 10:22 AM
In 1978 I bought my first center fire handgun and quickly deduced that it was hungry. So I bought the Lee hand loading kit for .38/.357, a pound of Alcan AL-5, 100 CCI primers and a box of locally cast bullets. 34 years later, I still have the gun, the Lee kit, some of my original reloads... and enough gear and components to keep my .357 and over a dozen other calibers fed for a very long time.

January 6, 2012, 11:15 AM
I started with .45 ACP & 30-06 in 1962.
Then .38/.357 a year after that.
Then 12 ga with a Lee Hammer Bammer, which grew really old in about a month.
I bought a shotgun press shortly after that.
Then .222 Rem about 1965.


January 6, 2012, 11:29 AM
Same, .38 Special and .357 Magnum, more than 30 years ago.


January 6, 2012, 11:32 AM
.45 ACP & 9MM. Started with these two, with .38 Spl shortly thereafter.

January 6, 2012, 12:30 PM
I started with .30-06 in 1963 and added .38 Special about a year later. Now I'm up to 31 different calibers, and searching for more........

So in answer to the original question, I've been loading .30-06 the longest, 49 years.

Hope this helps.


January 6, 2012, 12:50 PM
In order, 12 ga. shotshell, 20 ga. shotshell, .270 win, .280 Rem, .357 mag., 44 mag., 30-06, 9mm, 7mm RM, .380 acp, 45LC, 30-30 .40 S&W, Beginning 3+ decades ago with the most recent being the .40 S&W shortly after it's introduction.

January 6, 2012, 01:03 PM
Started with 380 ACP in 1980 using a Lee hammer-matic loader.

Followed shortly there after by 38 Special/357 Magnum and 45 ACP (I forget which came first), an RCBS single stage press and other reloading stuff.

308 Winchester was the first rifle in 1981 or so.

January 6, 2012, 04:37 PM
Dad and older brother were already loading for 38/357, 45 acp, 243 and 30/06 when I was allowed to start reloading my own some 30+ years ago. Now to be honest the only one I have always actively shot and reloaded for the whole time is 357 because after I bought my 7X57 I gave Dad his '06 back and didn't start loading '06 again til I bought the garand I did the same thing with the 45 when I got my 10mm . I have basicly quit shooting a 243 even though I have owned one the whole time, it has sat in the safe unused waiting for my oldest daughter.

January 6, 2012, 04:49 PM
Started out with 45ACP & 9mm 17 years ago (compared to many here I feel like a newbie reloader :)) and added 40S&W but have reloaded more 40 than 45/9 combined.

January 6, 2012, 05:19 PM
25-20 since 1972. Wow, that's 40 years now.

January 6, 2012, 05:27 PM
Built my first .243 loads with a friends help in oh, about 2008, and hooked ever since. But now also 9mm, .40, .45, .223, .270 on my own equipment.

January 6, 2012, 06:09 PM
1990 I was taught to reload and cast 45LC and 30 Carbine. I still have a couple rounds from the first batch.

January 6, 2012, 06:38 PM
I started reloading 20ga shotgun ammo 44 yrs ago, I was still a young teenager then. 6 yrs later I started reloading 30 carbine, 308Win. A couple years after that I added 357 Mag and Rem 7mm Mag. No longer have the Steven's 20 ga shotgun, 30 carbine Ruger Blackhawk or my Browning BLR in 308. I kind of wish I still had the BLR but back then money was tight.

Time flies by when your having fun.

January 6, 2012, 06:40 PM
1978 I started reloading 12 gauge shells with a lee loader. I was a kid and enjoyed hunting in wyo. It was the cheepest way to keep me in ammo. My first press was and still is a Rock chucker. I bought a 221 fireball and then a 375 jdj. I saved all my brass from my 8x57 which was my first hunting rifle summer of 76 so I was off and rolling on the chucker 18 years ago and still enjoying it.

Bush Pilot
January 6, 2012, 06:55 PM
Started in 1974 loading .41 magnum and .30/06 a few months later.

Arkansas Paul
January 6, 2012, 07:02 PM
When we got our press kit, we got .30-06 dies the same day and shortly after the .40 dies. We started loading both at the same time.

January 6, 2012, 07:06 PM
.223 for about a year :neener:

January 7, 2012, 07:57 AM
How old were you guys when you started reloading?

January 7, 2012, 08:36 AM
Sound's like some of those guy's have been loading since before I was even born yet.That's why this website is my favorite.There's alot of knowledgable guy's who use this site.

January 7, 2012, 08:48 AM
I started reloading in 1981 . I was 17 years old. I started with 12 Ga. and very shotly after that 38 spcl/357 Mag. , then 270 and about a year later 22 Hornet. Now I reload for 14 differant calibers. WOW hard to believe I have been reloding for over 30 years.

January 7, 2012, 09:04 AM
I actually started my reloading career with the 30-30 Winchester. I currently do not reload for it and haqve not for a few years.

The 38/357 though has been reloaded since I started.

I have been reloading shotgun for only a few years.

January 7, 2012, 10:36 AM
I started 2 years ago with 9mm then 45acp. I use a Lee Pro 1000 and then got a Lee Loader ( hammer bammer) for some 38sp. I have since loaded some rounds for my Mosin with the Lee Loader also.

January 7, 2012, 11:13 AM
I hope to still be reloading 10, 20, or 30 years from now. I've been reloading for a year. Started with .45 ACP on a Hornady LnL AP. I now also do 9mm Luger, .270 Win, .223 Rem. I've got everything I need (except a gun) for .357 Mag, 40 S&W, .44 Rem Mag, & .308 Win.

January 7, 2012, 11:19 AM
Seems like 30-30 was the first I reloaded too.
Some time in '66 if I remember right.

January 7, 2012, 12:38 PM
"How old were you guys when you started reloading?"

I was 19 when I started.


January 8, 2012, 03:11 PM
Started reloading 12 gauge shotgun in 1965 and metallic shortly after. Now have 7 shotgun loaders and 6 metallic loaders with aproxamaly 50 sets of dies. Nothing like keeping the kids and Grandkids plenty of ammo.
A Family that Shoots Together Stays Together!

January 8, 2012, 03:27 PM
.38 Special,
With the Lee "whack-a-mole" handloader,, seems like something around 40 years ago,,

January 8, 2012, 03:49 PM
I was 27.

January 8, 2012, 05:16 PM
I think I was 29.


January 8, 2012, 08:06 PM
I was 12! Couldn't afford 25-20 ammo when I could find it so dad got me a Lee Loader, an old mold with no handles, some powder and primers and I went to town.

January 8, 2012, 08:42 PM
Interesting answers.

I first loaded 30-30 and 44 Spl. Still do those. My first reloading was in the year 1957. I was still in high school.

January 8, 2012, 08:58 PM
I first started loading for my first gun, an M91/30 Mosin Nagant in its original 7.62x54R chambering that I picked up for $89. Got addicted to shooting, and no good source of cheap ammo, so I got a Lee turret press and some dies and never looked back. Nobody sold brass near me, so I bought factory brass ammo and shot it just so I could reload. Quickly discovered I'm the sort who shoots so I can reload, not the other way around. :what:

That was in 2003 I believe, so I would've been 26 years old, give or take.

Now I load 7.62x54R, 7.62x39, 7.62x25, .223Rem, .30-06, .45ACP, .38Spl, .357Mag, .380, .32ACP, and even though I don't own a gun chambered for it I'm thinking about cranking out some 9mm just because I have a heaping shipload of brass sitting around.

Think it's time to get into the ammo loading biz? Hmm.....

January 8, 2012, 09:39 PM
I probably started reloading 12 & 20 gauge skeet loads on a Mec Jr around 1982 - I was about 12. Then took a few years off, as I didn't start reloading metallic until 2-3 years ago.


January 8, 2012, 10:35 PM
.38 Special,
With the Lee "whack-a-mole" handloader,, seems like something around 40 years ago,,
Same here. I started in 1971, I was 17ye. old.
Used the Lee Wacker for .38Spl. and 30 Carbine..Bill.

Hondo 60
January 8, 2012, 11:28 PM
Didn't buy my first handgun til I was 49 years old.
Started reloading after about a dozen boxes of factory ammo (about 2 months later)

January 9, 2012, 12:56 AM
38 SUPER for 36years

January 9, 2012, 03:13 AM
I'm 43 today.

I started reloading two years ago, reloading for everything I had, mostly rifle but pistol too.

RCMODEL and WALKALONG are among the best and I honor them for the help they have given me -- USSR is an honorable mention. They have both helped me in real time, but even in searches I find their experience and wisdom very valuable.

Thanks to THR and the three mentioned!

January 9, 2012, 03:18 AM
I started reloading my junior year in high school with the .30-06 and 7mm remington magnum at the same time. Took a 3 year hiatus from shooting, and sold my reloading gear. Took it up again in 05, with the 7mm remington and the .30-06. Im 28 now....so i really havent been playing this game all that long LOL

January 9, 2012, 09:46 AM
Happy Birthday Art

As best I remember I was around 13 or 14 when dad let me start loading on my own.

January 9, 2012, 11:11 AM
.30-'06, for Dad's '03-A3. Lee Loader, under strict Dad supervision.
First pistol reloading: .45 ACP, also with a Lee Loader.
That'll teach you to think about ever round you fire!

January 9, 2012, 12:10 PM
Started 1957 for 30/06 with Lyman 310 set. Next was 30 Carbine, then 38/357, growing on from there.

January 10, 2012, 01:46 PM
Got a smokin' deal on a Ruger M77 MKII in 260Rem back in 2005. Started loading for it out of necessity. I've only ever tried 1 powder, H414, but tried several bullets. Never could get consistent groups out of it under an inch. No matter what bullet, charge weight, or COAL it never shot better than 1.25".

January 10, 2012, 03:36 PM
30-06, then 223, then 45acp. Started in about 1981 on the 30-06.

January 10, 2012, 11:45 PM
.30-'06 since I was first loading on my own in 1967. Still using the same dies today! I was "helping" my dad load before that, but when he died I just carried it all on by myself with bit of help from a lot of books. Those years don't count.... I was 14 and managed to keep from blowing myself up. :)

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