You Know You're A Reloader When...


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BigN
November 10, 2012, 09:56 AM
You're more concerned about the piece of brass you dropped out of your tree stand than what you're supposed to be doing in the treestand.

I got up in my treestand this morning in a choice piece of woods, only to drop a round of 308 while loading the gun. For almost 2 hours I was fretting and stressing about being able to find that piece of brass on the ground when I got down. I finally got down since I couldn't concentrate on my job in the treestand. Never did find the brass :mad:

Don't say you haven't done that before!

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Steel185
November 10, 2012, 09:59 AM
how about when you go to the range and spend more time scouting around and picking up brass before, during, and after you shoot than actually shooting.

beatledog7
November 10, 2012, 10:07 AM
... you run out of empty brass and arrange a range visit so you'll be able to reload again.

bds
November 10, 2012, 10:24 AM
:eek::eek::eek:

LOLBELL
November 10, 2012, 10:25 AM
Buy cheap factory ammo and pull it so you can reload it to your standards instead of shooting it.................. POA would be off anyway:scrutiny:

bds
November 10, 2012, 10:27 AM
:eek::eek::eek:

James2
November 10, 2012, 10:37 AM
You Know You're A Reloader When...

You own guns that have never fired a piece of factory ammo.

GarySTL
November 10, 2012, 10:42 AM
When you save brass in calibers for which you have no guns! Might get one someday.

LeonCarr
November 10, 2012, 10:47 AM
When you buy reloading dies for a cartridge you either don't reload or own a firearm for...yet :).

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

Certaindeaf
November 10, 2012, 10:52 AM
When you walk through a truckstop and lust after those nice big bulbous firm and glistening wheelweights.

Blackrock
November 10, 2012, 10:54 AM
^All of the above^
And what to do with all those neat litte red, green and yellow empty boxes in the bottom drawer of my bench ?

Certaindeaf
November 10, 2012, 10:55 AM
^
I know, I just use cigar boxes but keep lots of those.

10 Spot Terminator
November 10, 2012, 11:04 AM
This is why I own a good metal detector . No foolin ! I once lost a dummy round of my favorite .264 Mag cartridge and had to find it. Bought a metal detector and there it was ! I suppose the fact it was attached to my truck keys might have had something to do with it ;)

Magnum Shooter
November 10, 2012, 12:38 PM
When you have to take the day off work because you just got a new bullet / powder combination to load and test.

JEB
November 10, 2012, 12:54 PM
when you go to the range without any guns, just to look for brass.

when you finish up a match and skip lunch just so you can search the entire range for every last piece of brass (did this once when my wife went with me...she was not pleased lol).

GLOOB
November 10, 2012, 02:20 PM
How 'bout saving cracked 223 brass, just in case you ever get a 300 blkout?

tahoe2
November 10, 2012, 02:33 PM
You have brass from guns you don't have anymore, but you can't part with it, because you may be able to trade it,
or convert it to something else. or you p/u brass from your outdoor shooting spot, just in case you might buy the gun later.

Clark
November 10, 2012, 02:45 PM
When you make fun of your buddies for showing up with factory ammo, because they did not get their reloading done.

You low life!

918v
November 10, 2012, 03:02 PM
I almost broke a tooth on a WSP primer this morning. Try and beat that!

KevinR
November 10, 2012, 03:41 PM
I got you all beat,
When you never throw away the Red Plastic Folgers Coffee Cans Because you might need them for the next cartridge you adopt.

FROGO207
November 10, 2012, 06:36 PM
You spend almost half your range time scrounging .22 brass casings to use as bullet jackets. Or you plan your trips everywhere so that you can stop at sand pits along the way so you can look for brass to reload or recycle.:D

forindooruseonly
November 10, 2012, 08:26 PM
I got you all beat,
When you never throw away the Red Plastic Folgers Coffee Cans Because you might need them for the next cartridge you adopt.

Yeah, those make awesome containers for rifle brass. I've got too much pistol brass for those, though. I ended up using the biggest tupperware I could find.

How about when all your local wheel and tire stores know you by name?

Shinbone
November 10, 2012, 08:34 PM
Wow! And I thought I was the only one!

Bush Pilot
November 10, 2012, 08:54 PM
When you continue buying bullets even though you're already tripping over cases of bullets you'll never shoot in three lifetimes.

Clark
November 10, 2012, 09:25 PM
If you are going to process a lot of brass at once, I suggest watching TV at the same time.

beatledog7
November 10, 2012, 09:29 PM
Red Plastic Folgers Coffee Cans

Hoe about when you buy Folgers in the red cans because the coffee's ok and the cans are perfect for brass?

medalguy
November 10, 2012, 11:14 PM
You know you're a reloader when you buy scrap brass at a Government Liquidation sale.........................and don't resell any of it. :D

ladytrapper300
November 11, 2012, 08:12 AM
Gulity as charged !!!

walgetty
November 11, 2012, 05:07 PM
Guilty of all of the above !
Most of the time I spend more time looking down on the ground for brass than shooting !
:)

jim243
November 11, 2012, 06:41 PM
How about when you STOP going to the range because you have no more room for all the cases you have already picked up and have run out of coffee cans, Glad storage bins and your reloading bench looks like a warehouse for the US army. (LOL)

Jim

KevinR
November 11, 2012, 08:17 PM
Wow, all I can say is, I love reloading ;)

By the way how do you insert a picture in a reply???

CAR-AR
November 11, 2012, 08:43 PM
I inherited a large TupperWare tub that sits on top of my normal scrounged brass.

Kevin Rohrer
November 11, 2012, 11:02 PM
When you go to a gun store, look at what a box of 25-factory ammo costs, and start laughing hysterically after comparing it to your cost to load a box of 100.

morcey2
November 11, 2012, 11:14 PM
... when you use gunpowder-coated lint-roller sheets as home made pyrotechnics to impress your kids.

Hondo 60
November 11, 2012, 11:27 PM
When you buy reloading dies for a cartridge you either don't reload or own a firearm for...yet

Guilty - but it gave me a GREAT excuse for buying a 357 Mag.

I stole this line from someone, but thought it was good...
If you wash your hands BEFORE going to the bathroom, you might be a reloader.

bbuddtec
November 12, 2012, 12:26 AM
...when you push yourself to go to the range, so you can do more than just square away your reloading room more...

ps + all the above, minus the dies for calibers I don't shoot, although I really was this >< close to doing as such, and am still considering 3o-o6 even tho... :)


Dam I love reloading, and the community of us... jus' sayin'.... :D

b money
November 12, 2012, 04:07 AM
You know you're a reloader when you buy scrap brass at a Government Liquidation sale.........................and don't resell any of it.

That is by far the best one yet. Other than this one I have done and continue to do all of them.

Also you might be a reloader if you end up with brass for a cartridge you have never heard of. Although you have absolutely no practical use for it you think you need to have a gun built because you now have brass for it.

The cartridge was .14 hornet by the way

Fatelvis
November 12, 2012, 06:10 AM
When you walk through a truckstop and lust after those nice big bulbous firm and glistening wheelweights.
This is too funny! I never heard of Wheelweight porn!

Kyle M.
November 12, 2012, 06:36 AM
When you reload for calibers you don't have a gun for because you had the components given to you, and you might have one someday.

627PCFan
November 12, 2012, 11:30 AM
....when you sent your dog into the pond to retrieve...empties

cberge8
November 12, 2012, 12:14 PM
The biggest problem I have is finding too much brass of a caliber that I do not own a gun for.

I mean, I have no choice but to buy a gun that I can reload them for.....

horsemen61
November 12, 2012, 12:17 PM
when you are qualifying for your ccw and you ask to keep everyone's brass :D

rondog
November 12, 2012, 12:40 PM
I used to have to drive a lot at night for my job, and I knew of several "Bubba Ranges" where people would shoot, plus my own gun club I'm a member of. And yes, many was the time I'd stop by one of these places in the middle of the freakin' night with a flashlight and a milk jug to grub around for brass. It's a damn disease, I tell ya. But I've got a LOT of brass stashed away! Most of it all prepped and polished, ready to load.

rondog
November 12, 2012, 12:46 PM
When you never throw away the Red Plastic Folgers Coffee Cans Because you might need them for the next cartridge you adopt.

Oh, those things are the shizz! I use those for all kinds of storage and steps in the processes, and use a Brady labelmaker to label whatever's in each can at that moment and dirty, polished, primed, etc.

higgite
November 12, 2012, 12:59 PM
when you're shopping for a new dress shirt and the clerk asks "What neck size?" and you instinctively answer "two to three thousandths less than bearing surface diameter."

ATLDave
November 12, 2012, 01:01 PM
When you save brass in calibers for which you have no guns! Might get one someday.

LOL! I did that for the first time yesterday. Someone at my usual range left about 30-50 pieces of Ruger .204 brass lying around. I'd never even seen the stuff before. Next thing I knew, I had a whole bunch at the bottom of my range bag. It's in my tumbler now!

SSN Vet
November 12, 2012, 01:27 PM
Oh my :o

Guilty as charged....

Is there a 12 step program for this?

Prefably one with step 1 = sort and tumble brass :rolleyes:

Kyle M.
November 12, 2012, 02:08 PM
When your going to drive 40 miles round trip to pick up some shellholders so you can go home and reload for a caliber you no longer have a gun for, simply because you have an over abundance of components.

bds
November 12, 2012, 02:47 PM
By the way how do you insert a picture in a reply?
There are two ways:


1. Uploading pictures from file sharing websites like photobucket (http://beta.photobucket.com/) or flickr (http://www.flickr.com/).

Posting pictures using file sharing websites do not use any THR server harddrive space and are viewable by everyone (members and guests) - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=4006007#post4006007

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http://photobucket.com/
http://www.flickr.com/

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ojh
November 12, 2012, 03:57 PM
When you by mistake buy primers that do not fit any of the calibers you already reload; you select a caliber in which they fit, then buy dies, bullets, factory ammo (for brass) and a gun for that caliber. In my case it was two boxes of large pistol primers, 45 LC and an Uberti Cattleman SAA.

KevinR
November 12, 2012, 08:02 PM
Thanks bds

bds
November 12, 2012, 08:58 PM
You are very welcome. :D

jwrowland77
November 12, 2012, 09:18 PM
I recently made the excuse that my daughter needed a bigger caliber rifle.....but honey I can reload for it. :D

fehhkk
November 13, 2012, 08:53 AM
When you spend more money on brass to reload than actual factory loaded ammo!

sage5907
November 13, 2012, 09:02 AM
You know you're a reloader when you can remember the case trim length for every cartridge you own but you can't remember your wife's cell phone number. Shooter

45lcshooter
November 13, 2012, 09:08 AM
Get all gitty when a big box o brass shows up for you in mail, or go to the range and hit mother load.

EMC45
November 13, 2012, 01:15 PM
When you scrounge and amass about 18 5 Gallon buckets of wheel weights and STILL Dig lead out of the berm and the trees/logs when you are done shooting.

HOWARD J
November 13, 2012, 02:00 PM
Remember boys & girls---a reloader always keeps a neat & orderly work bench.------------------:D:eek::D:eek::eek:

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/311/dsc03400em.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/706/dsc03400em.jpg/)

http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/3559/dsc03399k.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/dsc03399k.jpg/)

If I clean it---it will just get messed-up again-------------:D:D:D:D:D:D

morcey2
November 13, 2012, 02:19 PM
to Howard J:

My wife cleaned my desk at work a couple of years ago. I couldn't find anything for weeks!

bds
November 13, 2012, 03:26 PM
HOWARD, that is some super duper powder hopper attachment you have there! How many pounds does that hold? :D

HOWARD J
November 13, 2012, 03:44 PM
I put the coffee can up for your benefit--I thought you might need an extra
HJ

flyskater
November 13, 2012, 04:10 PM
1) After firing at a target, you retrieve your brass before even looking if you hit your target.

2) When you visit a tire shop, you go there not to have your car serviced.

3) When you are at the range, you have 5x more ammo than the person next to you.

jmorris
November 13, 2012, 04:32 PM
Remember boys & girls---a reloader always keeps a neat & orderly work bench.--

Well said.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/DSC02298.jpg

TrueTexan
November 13, 2012, 08:36 PM
I got you all beat,
When you never throw away the Red Plastic Folgers Coffee Cans Because you might need them for the next cartridge you adopt.
Already got them labelled and waiting

Kevin Rohrer
November 14, 2012, 08:26 AM
You don't consider this to be too much of a good thing:

http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/KevinRohrer/Reloading/BulkBrass.jpg

dagger dog
November 14, 2012, 06:08 PM
When you aquire so many reloading manuals you have to buy a third book shelf.

When you always run out the black ink cartridge first , 'cause you print so much load data.

When you spend 2 hours going through your back issues of Reloader looking for that article on the new powder you just started loading.

When your friends at work give you that "deer in the head lights" stare when you rattle on about the best twist ratio or bullet seating depth.

When the bottom shelves your benches have lead ingots or bullets stored on them, to keep them from being top heavy

Cleftwynd
November 15, 2012, 06:09 PM
You don't consider this to be too much of a good thing:

http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/KevinRohrer/Reloading/BulkBrass.jpg
The motherload! Would be nice if it was in more than one or two cartridges!

armarsh
November 15, 2012, 06:11 PM
You know you are a reloader when this is what you call a box of bullets.

http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/tt174/armarsh/P2140123.jpg

jmorris
November 15, 2012, 06:29 PM
When your kids are named "brass" and "sorter".

Madpap
November 15, 2012, 07:09 PM
When you spend 30 minutes looking for that .03 primer you dropped
When you start buying 5 gallon buckets because Folgers won't
When you save those 2 or 3 pieces of bent brass for no reason
Not to mention the plastic primers come in just in case you find a use for them

EVIL
November 15, 2012, 10:56 PM
When you know the exact weight of lead that will fit in any sized USPS flat rate mail package ...

MachIVshooter
November 15, 2012, 11:10 PM
When you don't even have to think about buying any bullet, primer or powder you see on clearance because you know you can use it.

flyskater
November 16, 2012, 02:05 AM
- When you shoot you dig them from the sand backstop, reload them and shoot them again.
- You're the only one at the range with a net.
- You stand behind someone with a net to catch their brass

vito
November 16, 2012, 06:11 PM
When you find you no longer enjoy shooting but go to the range just to have a reason to reload.

Fatelvis
November 16, 2012, 06:33 PM
You wear Red Rooster lube as cologne.

44magmike
November 16, 2012, 07:03 PM
When your a over the road truck driver and bring your reloading equipment with you to reload on your off time at a truckstop. .. Yes i do that

Certaindeaf
November 16, 2012, 07:20 PM
^
I heard one freak tell he used to reload in his ambulance. holy cow lolz

CAR-AR
November 16, 2012, 07:38 PM
I went to the range last Wednesday and it looked to be a low count day until I looked a bit farther down the lanes and I hit the jackpot on 223 and 308. :D

Crashbox
November 16, 2012, 09:38 PM
...you request your medication dosages to be in grains instead of milligrams.

...you hear about coal-fired plants and think, "What on Earth does Case OverAll Length have to do with power generation?"

...you hear an older bowler talk about their Columbia 300 White Dot, Blue Dot and Yellow Dots and immediately ask, "What chambering(s) and how many grains?"

rfwobbly
November 17, 2012, 10:33 AM
>> When your spare powder measure sits on the kitchen counter and is set up to dispense exact does of coffee grounds.

:D

cactus02
November 17, 2012, 05:04 PM
I had two coffee cans of .40 s& w , so I had to buy a gun to shoot reloads in.

J_McLeod
November 17, 2012, 08:32 PM
When you're moving out of state and let the movers take your bed and all the furniture and kitchen ware, but not the reloading equipment. You sleep on an old twin mattress on the floor for ten days but don't disassemble the press until the night before you move out, just in case you had time to load more.

When you're sweeping up the garage afterwards and find as much powder as dust.

stiffdogg06
November 18, 2012, 10:22 AM
When you are watching youtube videos of the military shooting and you keep saying, "I wish I could collect all that brass".

cmbrown
November 19, 2012, 05:25 PM
you shoot with people that you don't really like but they don't reload and always shoot expensive ammo(hornady, black hills,ect,ect) in the same caliber you shoot?

Cleftwynd
November 19, 2012, 07:14 PM
>> When your spare powder measure sits on the kitchen counter and is set up to dispense exact does of coffee grounds.

:D
I am going to use this idea! lol

morcey2
November 19, 2012, 07:37 PM
I am going to use this idea! lol
Just make sure that you run at least a hopper full of coffee grounds through it to get it well coated to keep static down. :)

Rogue35
November 21, 2012, 10:34 AM
When you get more reloading items in the mail than bills.

beatledog7
November 21, 2012, 10:43 AM
Your mailman hates you because of all your really heavy flat rate boxes and shooting/reloading catalogs, but when he gets a chance asks you how hard it is to get started.

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