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Trent
February 20, 2013, 12:50 AM
So tonight was .. strange.

Cleaning the gun room this week, I stumbled on a bag of primed 9mm that I'd sized and primed back in 1999, when I had my single stage. I *remember* the bag, and why I bagged it up. I had a single stage back then, and had sized and primed it but not belled it. I'd gotten ahead of myself, and dumped powder in them, only to find I couldn't seat a bullet!

So I dumped all the powder back out and dumped the brass in a bag "to get to it later", since I had other cases (belled) that I could load.

Well, that was 14 years ago. During various moves we made before settling on a house to own, that bag (containing 134 casings) got tossed in a box, and long forgotten about. :)

I got set up to load 9mm on my Dillon after dinner, turned out 500 rounds off unprimed brass. Then I backed the sizing die out, disconnected the case feeder, and dropped that primed brass down the tube.

By the time I was all done tonight, finishing up with that short run of old primed brass, I realized that I'd just FINISHED something I started some 14 years ago....

Which, when you think about it, is a really odd feeling.

Here's to the past!

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Reefinmike
February 20, 2013, 01:14 AM
Im only a year deep an the addic.... i mean hobby, but I get the same feeling when I find and load a piece of 45 wc brass headstamped in the 70's. Just crazy to think a round of ammo that was produced when my parents were ten years old has now finally been shot, could have been in a reloaders brass bucket and finally lost at the range, but now its bright and shiny as new and will live to see another day of high pressures. I weep for all the orphaned brass I see at the range knowing that I cannot adopt them all.

Trent
February 20, 2013, 01:24 AM
I'm still going through my uncle's stuff. I've found 9mm headstamped in the 40's, 50's, and 60's so far. Plus a bunch of headstamps and markings for companies I've never even heard of.

He passed away in 2000, most of his stuff has remained boxed up all this time, since a lot of it wasn't calibers I shot at the time. With my recent revolver and long gun purchases my collection is starting to drift towards the same stuff he owned, so I'm putting it to good use.

As neat as it is to find an interesting shell or shellcasing, it's even more profound of a feeling to shoot ammo that a departed family member loaded with their own hands back 30 or 40 years ago. Every year I take his old 7mm Mauser out and fire a few of his handloads through it, along with some of my own to see who loads better. Lets me remember and honor him, by competing against him. :)

This year I'll be adding in salutes from my own 357 and 30/40 Krag rifles, with his ammo vs. mine...

FROGO207
February 20, 2013, 06:04 AM
I have participated in several estate sales and always find a deal. To me the interesting thing is when I disassemble the loaded ammo, looking at the different styles that were used in assembling the ammo originally. Some take great care with the process and that shows--chamfer mouths and all trimmed to same length etc. Some have absolutely grungy cases with propellant drops that are all over the place and a mix of primers in the same batch. I wonder if that was all the individual was physically/mentally able to accomplish at the time so he could still load and shoot. Others are in between these extremes. I just found a bunch of old components in my grandfathers workshop that are older than me and I am using them still.:) BTW he was the one that taught me to reload when I was in grade school back in the 60's. Yes I have some of his old firearms we loaded for in the past and still feel his presence by my side when I use them now.:cool:

ArchAngelCD
February 20, 2013, 07:26 AM
By the time I was all done tonight, finishing up with that short run of old primed brass, I realized that I'd just FINISHED something I started some 14 years ago....

Which, when you think about it, is a really odd feeling.

Here's to the past!
There's nothing like the feeling you get from instant gratification, is there? :p

Hey, you found that brass at the perfect time since everything is on the shortage list the past few months. It must have been a good feeling to find 134 perfectly good primers you totally forgot about. Very cool IMO... :)

One78Shovel
February 20, 2013, 07:33 AM
Heres one for you. I started reloading in 2002. Loaded for a few years then work, life etc took over. Started reloading again in 2008 and it was like I never left. Believe it or not, I still had the same powder (Universal Clays) in the 550B powder dispenser.

No issues.

-178S

JLDickmon
February 20, 2013, 08:19 AM
finding something in your reloading kit you can actually use, and use now, is one of life's simple pleasures..
I ran across 100 pieces of new, unprimed .45 Auto brass a few weeks ago..
Was so impressed with myself, I think I even posted it here.. I had a bag of 230 gr Winchester hollow points (talk about a flying ashtray..) I had been saving for a special occasion..
they are now married and awaiting ignition of VV N350 powder..

Constrictor
February 20, 2013, 08:22 AM
The other day i ran across a brand new bag of 500 brass! after years of sweeping up tons of 9mm brass with my 45acp brass i now have a couple 5 gallon buckets of 9mm brass, Now i find it hard to believe at one time i needed 9mm brass so bad i purchased at new prices! i think it was about 1990 when i bought them.

Trent
February 20, 2013, 08:34 AM
Oh those 230gr Winchesters JHP's, yeah I have a particular fondness for them, and called them the same things too! I haven't bought any in years, but I loaded a ton of those a decade ago or so.

One of the eye poppers last night was a box of 9mm handloads from back in the late 90's labeled "ONE HAS NO POWDER."

I don't remember making those, but it's definitely my handwriting. How in the hell.... maybe I wrote that on there because they were loose rounds and I just wanted to alert myself in to paying attention when I shot them???? Anyway I was really scratching my head over that one.

This last weekend I brought a box of 9mm to the range for practice, labeled, very simply,"MISC". It was all the loose 9mm I'd found in my range bag, on the floor, in boxes, etc over the years. Loose rounds get tossed in a box, when the box is full, I sort them out the best I can.

I looked at my buddy Mike and said "I'm about to shoot 40 some rounds of completely unknown and random 9mm, if something bad happens take me to the hospital, mmmkay?" :)

They all went BANG just fine. Well, except for the cast lead 147gr subsonics, those kind of went bang, instead of BANG. My target looked like I'd unloaded a tube full of 00 buck. No appreciable grouping, to speak of. :)

Trent
February 20, 2013, 08:35 AM
The other day i ran across a brand new bag of 500 brass! after years of sweeping up tons of 9mm brass with my 45acp brass i now have a couple 5 gallon buckets of 9mm brass, Now i find it hard to believe at one time i needed 9mm brass so bad i purchased at new prices! i think it was about 1990 when i bought them.

Man I found some 8mm brass the other day (this cleaning thing has been going on for over a month now, it's a big gun room!). I ran upstairs practically foaming at the mouth to my wife, HONEY LOOK!!! I FOUND 8MM BRASS!!!!! She shook her head a little at me. "Very Good honey, now can you fix the toilet?"

:uhoh:

floydster
February 20, 2013, 08:48 AM
I'm loading bullets I cast in 1957:)

Smokeyloads

Trent
February 20, 2013, 09:01 AM
I'm loading bullets I cast in 1957:)

Smokeyloads

Ok ... this guy wins. :)

That was the year my father was born.

Trent
February 20, 2013, 09:05 AM
One of the recurring thoughts I have going through other people's reloads and gun stuff, is "will my kids be doing this same thing someday?"

So far none of my teenage children have shown any interest in reloading. My 9 year old daughter is becoming interested in guns though. When she was REAL little she used to sit next to me in the basement and pull the press handle. I've been teaching her the basics of firearms, and firearms safety, a little bit at a time for the last couple of weeks, and have a little Bearcat I bought (picking it up tonight) to start teaching her on.

At least I may end up with 1 future gun nut in my troop. I have 5 chances, assuredly ONE Of them will have inherited the "gun nut" gene.... :)

mdi
February 20, 2013, 12:25 PM
I think I'm the last in line of reloaders/shooters in my family. My son lives 900 miles away and don't talk to me. :mad:. Mebbe I can will my reloading stuff (30 years worth) to a young reloader when I croak!

Anyway I was digging in my ammo can marked .44 Magnum and found some reloads dated 1990. AA9 under Sierra JHP. Shot just fine in my Ruger, but slight difficult extracting in my Puma...

SSN Vet
February 20, 2013, 01:39 PM
Cool...

Want to come on over and put base board trim in my upstairs bathroom?

Trent
February 20, 2013, 02:12 PM
Cool...

Want to come on over and put base board trim in my upstairs bathroom?

I'll get right on that ... but only AFTER I finish putting the baseboard trim back on in the laundry room we re-floored a year ago, replace the screen the dog broke out of the back screen door last summer, and finish finishing my half-finished basement.

:)

Reloadron
February 20, 2013, 05:21 PM
During the 90s my wife and I owned a brick and mortar gun shop in addition to our "real" jobs. When we sold the business the kid who bought it could not begin to afford all of the inventory. We sold off much of it at gun shows but I squirreled away box after box of "stuff". Opened cases of brass, all my smithing tools, reloading components and anything we didn't sell off at gun shows.

Well in a few months I will retire and finally have began digging out the boxes, half this stuff I don't even remember. As we move into spring and I retire the "gun room" is going through a rebirth and there will be major house renovations happening.

Every box I dig out from the attic is like a Christmas Morning for me. Once the interior renovations are under way, they include finishing my gun room. I will finally have the time to enjoy my loading and regular trips to the range. Finding guns, ammunition and loading supplies (especially during these times) is a real treat. Hell, I may even finish projects I started 20 years ago. :)

This retirement thing could prove to be fun.

Ron

Trent
February 20, 2013, 05:29 PM
I just paid my neighbor a box of 45's; he got my snowblower up and running (supposed to get dumped on tomorrow). :)

I long for the day I can retire out west, and shoot from one mountain side to the next with my 50 cal. The real trick is keeping myself from shooting every bit of ammo and components I have before then. Friends wonder why I have thousands of 50 cal, 30 cal and 223 bullets set back.

It's so I have something to shoot when I'm old! I'll be out plunking blue-tip 50's downrange, when they've been extinct for 30 years. Or the lake city 308's pulldowns I have that I paid 4 cents a piece for. Or the bucket of SS109 projectiles I bought back when they were selling for 2.5 cents a round at Knob Creek.

I *could* shoot it all up but it's not going to "spoil", it don't have a shelf life, and I'll need something to keep me occupied when I retire. (Besides fishing.)

Walkalong
February 20, 2013, 06:02 PM
Way to stick with it. :D

Fire_Moose
February 20, 2013, 08:22 PM
Man I wish I knew some old reloaders. Not just to go thru their stuff after they croak, but to get some first hand knowledge.

I'm not having kids either, might have to leave my reloading stuff to THR.....you know, if the internet is still around then.

Sent from my CZ85 Combat

Trent
February 20, 2013, 08:31 PM
Fire Moose;

Find estate sales. Same basic premise. Except it's less personal (and painful).

EDIT: Here's a haul I made from a local estate sale 2 months ago (about 2 weeks after sandy hook and the run started):

http://i.imgur.com/KBXCAl.jpg

Fresh wrapped Norinco 20, 30 & 40 round mags, bake-lite AK74 mags, tons of factory sealed & new H&K 20 round mags, and one lonely FNFAL metric mag.

(My average price was $11 something a mag, if I recall correctly)

Fire_Moose
February 20, 2013, 10:25 PM
How do you find these sales?

Sent from my CZ85 Combat

Trent
February 20, 2013, 10:48 PM
Local newspaper, and the occasional sign for estate auctions that I see on the road while driving. :)

Jaxondog
February 20, 2013, 11:17 PM
Well keep your eye's open in the paper's for my mess. I don't have anyone in my family that is interested in any of this stuff. It will be a shame but at least I got to enjoy it. I can hear them now,"what's this thing"?

Trent
February 20, 2013, 11:34 PM
Jaxondog, hopefully you are talking later, much later, instead of sooner.

Bush Pilot
February 21, 2013, 12:16 AM
14 years to load 134 rounds? Wow, thought you were starting a thread on Loadmasters.

Trent
February 21, 2013, 12:21 AM
{facepalm}

What's that work out to? Oh, less than one round a month.

FROGO207
February 21, 2013, 05:07 AM
Well at least you would have time to make them all match grade identical.:D

ArchAngelCD
February 21, 2013, 08:06 AM
During the 90s my wife and I owned a brick and mortar gun shop in addition to our "real" jobs. When we sold the business the kid who bought it could not begin to afford all of the inventory. We sold off much of it at gun shows but I squirreled away box after box of "stuff". Opened cases of brass, all my smithing tools, reloading components and anything we didn't sell off at gun shows.

Well in a few months I will retire and finally have began digging out the boxes, half this stuff I don't even remember. As we move into spring and I retire the "gun room" is going through a rebirth and there will be major house renovations happening.

Every box I dig out from the attic is like a Christmas Morning for me. Once the interior renovations are under way, they include finishing my gun room. I will finally have the time to enjoy my loading and regular trips to the range. Finding guns, ammunition and loading supplies (especially during these times) is a real treat. Hell, I may even finish projects I started 20 years ago. :)

This retirement thing could prove to be fun.

Ron
Now that's a great story!

I'm sure you are going to enjoy your retirement, especially since you're doing renovations to set up your gun/fishing room the way it should be set up. One suggestion, when you figure out how much bench space you need, double it before you start building! lol

JSmith
February 21, 2013, 08:06 AM
Trent said, I've found 9mm headstamped in the 40's, 50's, and 60's so far.

How do you date brass from the headstamp?

Trent
February 21, 2013, 08:08 AM
Trent said,

How do you date brass from the headstamp?

Military brass is stamped with the year.

E.g. WCA (on top) 66 (on bottom)

There is typically no caliber marking.

Commercial brass is anyone's guess, unless it's a piece from a company that's no longer in business, then you know it's within a certain date range.

Jaxondog
February 21, 2013, 09:49 AM
Jaxondog, hopefully you are talking later, much later, instead of sooner.
Yes, much later. lol

Trent
February 21, 2013, 05:37 PM
Yes, much later. lol

Haha that's good to hear!

Go enjoy yourself. I wish I had more time. Unfortunately if often feels that if my "real life" is on hold for the next 20 years until I retire, and THEN I can go do what I want, when I want.

Until then, I get some infrequent, and all too short breaks.

I fit in what I can where I can. Stop by the lake on the way home from work to try to catch dinner, sneak out of work early on a slow day to hit the range, get up early to go hunting before work, etc.

It makes life far too tiresome though, to fit in activities and hobbies in little tiny spots of time.

I went from 2004-2012 without a vacation, or a single day off work (except for the occasional bout with flu, or the motorcycle crash I had in 2010).

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