An email to my mentor


March 14, 2013, 11:40 AM
My reloading mentor is a gentleman about 20 years older than I. He insisted that I save myself some money in my shooting habit by learning to reload.
He has done a fine job teaching me a lot of what he knows, and I have tried to be a good student.
He recently took me up to the next rung on the ladder by teaching me casting.
I have begun the quest to replicate his casting set up as best as I can.
I have made a few great finds thus far, with a set back or two.

I sent him this email yesterday, and he responded, giving me a warm feeling and a good chuckle. I thought I'd share it here.

To D:
Spent an hour or so the other day on the net tracking down the pot, the cast iron, the molds, la la la....
Spent about 1 1/2 hours yesterday digging through the lead dumpster for WW's.
The lee pot order fell through this morning, I found one used on ebay, ordered it, paid too much.
Decided all of this **** was for not if I don't do a little plinking.
So I treated myself to a little shooting at the outdoor range this afternoon. Next thing you know, I kill another hour picking out farkin' lead in the backstop.
Dude, putting holes in cans is a lot of ***damn work.

Maybe we could just find them with the holes in them already and be done with this crap. ;-)

From D to me:
Joe, there's a burgeoning philosopher in you working to get free. You have the makings of a first class curmudgeon/geezer/coot. We will be happy to welcome you to the fold when you come of age. But remember I haven't taught you the secret handshake yet.


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March 14, 2013, 11:45 AM
Heh, good deal.
I swear I'm going to resume what I used to do in the "old" days.. a cubic foot and a half or so of bull pine will hold way more than a thousand hits of 9mm/.38.. throw in wood stove to reclaim and repeat.

Arkansas Paul
March 14, 2013, 11:46 AM
Them old guys are awesome, no doubt about it.

March 15, 2013, 01:59 AM
Haha, thanks for the smile!

March 15, 2013, 02:28 AM
Im younger, but sitting at the top of the proverbial hill and teetering on the edge, however all of my shooting and reloading friends are 20 years or more older than me. I like it just fine that way. I find lots of reasons to shut up and listen. Its amazing what a fella can learn that way. Seems you understand that well OP!

March 15, 2013, 03:05 AM
I've been told I am a first class curmudgeon/geezer/coot. I like being there!!!

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