Just shot my first self loaded ammo


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liberalwithagun
February 12, 2012, 02:29 AM
It was AWESOME. Such a great feeling to be using something that you "created".

Was there a difference in accucracy? Yes. However, I am just relearning to reshoot. Often, the ammo is more accurate than me. For the most part I have really tight groups (all touching a quarter) at 25 yards on iron sights w/ no rests just sitting. Is it great? No. But I suck at shooting.

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hogshead
February 12, 2012, 02:30 AM
Congratulations. What are you loading for?

J_McLeod
February 12, 2012, 02:30 AM
Congratulations! Welcome to the addiction.

liberalwithagun
February 12, 2012, 02:37 AM
@hogs

Shot my loaded .223. I have .308 brass/die/bullets/etc on the way. Have 9mm die/bullets/primers on the way. Picked up about 500 pieces of 9mm brass too.

ArchAngelCD
February 12, 2012, 02:45 AM
Congratulations and welcome to reloading.

BTW, if you think you are going to save money reloading, think again. You will get to shoot a lot more for the same money but you won't save!

liberalwithagun
February 12, 2012, 02:59 AM
@archangel - Found that out today. G/F asked how much 9mm she could shoot. My response was the entire lot of 500. She asked why I was suddenly so "free" with my ammo. I told her we were gonna reload it all anyway so shoot it up.

Hell she even enjoyed policing brass. That is until we had to start picking it out of the snow.

Arkansas Paul
February 12, 2012, 04:38 AM
Yep, it's a good feeling for sure.
I don't know if you hunt or not, but taking your first game with a handloaded round is a very good feeling as well.

Blue68f100
February 12, 2012, 11:06 AM
Congratulations, Reloading will become a lifetime hobby with many rewards.

Like someone already mentioned you normally don't save money. You only get more bang for the buck, shooting up your savings. Buy in bulk to get the best savings, 5k+ bullets, 10k primers, 8# powder once you determine what your going to use. Try to combine orders to save on the HAZMAT fee and shipping.

Enjoy and for most BE SAFE

dragon68
February 12, 2012, 11:21 AM
Congratulations!! I was hooked from the first pull on my press!!

gamestalker
February 12, 2012, 11:27 AM
Congrats!! Welcome to THR!!
There is no turning back now my friend!! It's always so inspiring and up lifting to hear of another brother joining the team. And since you got your wife into the shooting element of things, your gong to have to buy a second press, unless of course you are using a progressive set up that is capable of keeping up with both of your habits.

I got my Wife involved too. Things went fine, that is until she started nagging me to hurry up with the loads. Not long after that she bought herself an RCBS single stage. I was hurt, especially after her comment of, " I have needs and your not keeping up with them". I thought it was just a phase until I started finding powder, primers, and loaded rounds hidden in unusual places, and I noticed some of my pirmers and powders were missing. And then she started disappearing for long periods at a time, and nothing about her seemed to make sense any more, she had changed. She started making lame excuses to leave the house. So I did what any suspecting husband would do, I followed her one Saturday morning and caught her red handed, and not with one, but with several handguns and a high powered rifle at the local range. She was in the bed of my best friends truck, she had his Glock in her hand. It was disgusting to say the least. There was powder residue all over her hands and face and brass every where, she was totally loaded! They were blowing load after load and at my expense. I was so embarrassed after I learned she had been going to mutual friends of our's and hitting them up for primers, powders, anything that would get her loaded. And as if it wasn't bad enough she was using pistol powder, I caught her using the hard stuff too, RL22 and IMR-4350, you name it she was using it, and in very large quantities. She was also using dirty brass, she simply didn't think about the consequesnces. I honestly thought I was going to loose her to an over load. That was when I insisted she get some help. She finally checked in to some reloading classes, but not until she had burned a barrel. Things are some what better now, but she still likes em real hot.

Most of us don't think it can happen to us, but it's a disease, one that has spread to my Son's and Daughter, and now my Grand Children.
On a more serious note, one of my Grand Daughter's seated her first bullet yesterday. She was so proud of herself!

guzzi
February 12, 2012, 11:43 AM
Way to go liberalwithagun.

Now, you need to set some of your reloaded ammo aside. In 20 years or more you may want to get them out and shoot a few of them. Then, when you read in some reloading fourm where someone is asking how long ammo is good for, you will be able to respond with certain knowledge.

The quest for the most accurate load is a long and delightful road.

Good Shooting.

ArchAngelCD
February 14, 2012, 01:55 AM
@archangel - Found that out today. G/F asked how much 9mm she could shoot. My response was the entire lot of 500. She asked why I was suddenly so "free" with my ammo. I told her we were gonna reload it all anyway so shoot it up.

Hell she even enjoyed policing brass. That is until we had to start picking it out of the snow.
Isn't it great to be able to afford to shoot 500 rounds instead of only 100. Before I reloaded I can remember being able to buy only a box or two of ammo and of course it always went too fast. Being able to shoot as much as you want to shoot is a great feeling.

I'm happy for you and your girlfriend. What does she think about you reloading other than how cool it is to shoot up 500 rounds in one day?

1SOW
February 14, 2012, 02:09 AM
Many congrats!
It IS a great feeling.
The more you buy, the more you'll save money!!:eek::D:evil:

bad375
February 14, 2012, 07:29 AM
Awesome, it's addicting that's for sure

Cop Bob
February 14, 2012, 07:40 PM
Welcome to the club... it's a drug... once you find, and you have already, that you can make better ammo than you can buy, cheaper.. your hooked. Sorry, I know of no 12 step programs to get you off it.... it's a life long addiction.. and it's NOT a bad thing..

beatledog7
February 14, 2012, 07:47 PM
Like the others have said, welcome to reloading.

I remember shooting my first home-rolled rounds, .38SPL LRN, 15 of them into a 3" group at 7 yrds. Nervous to pull the trigger on the first one, but from that moment I was roped in.

It's indeed a great feeling.

Hondo 60
February 14, 2012, 08:37 PM
I prayed all the way to the range the day I shot my first reloads.

Dang near crapped my pants when the first one went boom. :what:

I don't know of anyone who reloads, so I was wingin it.
But I'm still here with all 10 fingers, so I guess it turned out OK :D

Anyway, CONGRATS & welcome to the addict... I mean hobby, ya, ya, the hobby, that's the ticket! LOL

Ruger GP100 fan
February 14, 2012, 09:16 PM
Yep,congratulations. My first was almost 2 years ago and I still remember the feeling of making what just went downrange...and glad that I didn't blow myself up. I started out with Win296 in 44mag,so a lot of potential to get hurt if not done right. To this day I weigh every powder charge. Just a habit I never let go of.

liberalwithagun
February 15, 2012, 11:42 AM
@Hondo/Everyone that worried about first load: AMEN! I was incredibly worried that my first round was going to blow up my AR. I had a mile wide smile after that first round went off.

@ArchAngel - I think she really loves the extra "her" time she gets. When I am out in the garage reloading she can watch all her girlie shows (cupcake wars, house virgins, etc).

MtnCreek
February 15, 2012, 01:22 PM
Congrats! It is a very rewarding thing to do. My first handload was also .223/AR. I clamped mine in one of those workmate benches and fired it with a 30 ft or so piece of twine! I guess being a little nervous at first is good; means we respect the process. The 9mm is easy to load, but you have much smaller tolerances, so make sure you have all your equip / procedure down pat.

I hope you enjoy it so much that you reload the entire day of November 6th! :D Just having fun; happy shooting!

liberalwithagun
February 15, 2012, 02:24 PM
@Mtncreek

I will be reloading all day Nov. 6th. It is a good thing I always vote by absentee ballot though:neener: Have to make sure to send my "liberal" senator and other D's back to office in Montana [/sarcasm].

Bovice
February 16, 2012, 04:55 AM
Originally posted by Hondo 60
I prayed all the way to the range the day I shot my first reloads.

Dang near crapped my pants when the first one went boom.


I was the same, it's funny to see a fellow reloader on the forum admit to it since most of us now have complete faith in our abilities. But after all this time, my safety check system I've come up with, and all those rounds loaded and sent downrange, I don't give it a second thought.

popper
February 17, 2012, 11:32 AM
So, gamestalker's day job is writing novels? That first round takes extra equipment at the range - BP vest, chain-mail glove, welders mask, spare shorts, etc. When all goes right, it's like getting your first real paycheck.

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