My name is.... And I'm a reloadaholic.


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allaroundhunter
June 19, 2013, 04:15 PM
Well, this reloading thing is becoming a disease. I started reloading so that I could shoot my .308 more affordably and with greater accuracy, and have since started reloading for every other rifle caliber that I have...

Now that I have nothing left in my safe to reload for, I am telling myself that I need to buy another rifle so that I can buy more dies and bullets! Tell me, those of you more experienced than I, does it get better? Or does the fun of reloading and working up a load never end?


A second question. The caliber that I am now wanting is the .204 Ruger so that I have a dedicated small game/varmint gun. I have ruled out the .22-250 because I can load my .243 with light enough bullets to do what it does with heavier bullets. Another reason that I like the .204 is because I can simply purchase an upper for my AR.

I feel like I'm set on this caliber, but as always, I'm open to suggestions... But please, reasons for the suggestions are the best way to form a persuasive argument. Simply commenting with a caliber and nothing further does nothing for me :)

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beatledog7
June 19, 2013, 04:20 PM
In my experience, the urge to reload drops off IF you find yourself without the time or the place to shoot the stuff you're loading and see how well it works.

Or if you can't find components. Well, not the urge, but the ability.

stavman11
June 19, 2013, 04:27 PM
with the limited availibility of factory Ammo.. i started Loading 9mm, 357 to go with the .223 i was loading


And Yes


i am a reloadaholic.....

Magnum Shooter
June 19, 2013, 04:33 PM
I have been loading for over 30 years and I have to say it never gets old, at least not for me anyway. There is always a new bullet or powder or gun to be worked.

allaroundhunter
June 19, 2013, 04:40 PM
In my experience, the urge to reload drops off IF you find yourself without the time or the place to shoot the stuff you're loading and see how well it works.

Or if you can't find components. Well, not the urge, but the ability.

Well, I always have a place to shoot (usually have time), and I have the majority of the needed components for loading .204. Those that I don't have are available to me :)

jwrowland77
June 19, 2013, 04:47 PM
I feel your pain. I recently picked up a Savage Axis .308....just so I could reload something different. I haven't been loading long but have my .223 an 7mm Rem Mag right where I like them. My next one after I get the .308 squared away is going to be a .338 Lapua.

The .204 should be a fun little gun to shoot and load, I say go for it.

HOWARD J
June 19, 2013, 05:07 PM
I gets worse---been loading about 40 years & still look for new calibers to load.

stavman11
June 19, 2013, 05:12 PM
i live 1 mile from cabela's and I swear I go every other day and just look for stuffs ta Play With..

LOL


Currently NOT looking for another Caliber to Load... but am looking for a couple GUNS ta play with... and yes... will include NEW Calibers

LOL

cfullgraf
June 19, 2013, 05:49 PM
I gets worse---been loading about 40 years & still look for new calibers to load.

Yes.

i lost count at 28 different cartridges and there are more on the bucket list.

plodder
June 19, 2013, 05:56 PM
I am finding myself shopping for or buying duplicates of reloading trinkets & gadgets that I forget I already have or not remembering I already have a bin of certain bullets and buying another 500 or so whenever I happen to see them. I guess its time to shoot more and reload less, but in recent months my pack rat/hoarding tendencies has proven beneficial.:D

gamestalker
June 19, 2013, 06:15 PM
It really is a wonderful hobby and can be some what addicting, especially in the first few months, or years. Fortunately I live where I can shoot as I load, so I'm not restricted in the shooting aspect of things. But even now more than 30 yrs. later I still find myself spending much of my time either reloading, or finding ways to use the stuff I load, hunting, target shooting, or doing load developments.
Welcome to our world, and that of THR!

GS

beatledog7
June 19, 2013, 06:48 PM
allaroundhunter,

A while back I went through my logs to average it out, it's just a molecule over 10 rounds a day average since I started. There are some gaps of 20 or so days between completing any rounds of any cartridge. That's not to say I did nothing for 20 days; lots of days I prime or prep, most days I read something related. The gaps have been getting longer since SH.

If I already had the "back-deck" shooting range I will someday have, I'd shoot and reload just about every day.

Ah, that'll be great!

stubbicatt
June 19, 2013, 07:04 PM
Perhaps like me you will go through phases with the hobby. Once I had enough of the basics down that I didn't kill myself or anybody else, then I advanced to what I call an intermediate handloader. I bought Dillon 1050, and could crank out a bunch of really good quality ammunition. Good for the "military style sporting rifles" and automatic handguns I had on hand. Then, money got tight, interests shifted, and for years I contented myself with a Lee Classic Cast turret and enough tools to make a few rounds of ammo for the once in awhile shooting I did.

For a long while I messed around with cast bullets, and then with Black Powder Cartridge Reloading... never was I more surprised than at the accuracy I was able to get with those big hunks of soft lead trundling downrange at a turtle's pace... But time moves on and so did my interests, and...

Now, I'm pushing myself into a more rarified layer of the handloading game, benchrest and belly benchrest (F Class). So, I now have all sorts of micrometers, ball micrometers, concentricity gages, neck turners, specialty dies, oddball measurement tools, and even a newer, more precise press, the RCBS Summit press. I do not believe I am remotely ready for the frustration that awaits me here as I climb this learning curve, but here I am, and here I go! LOL

I guess the hobby is harmless enough, and it keeps my mind agile. I love the accurateshooter.com forums and articles, and I learn so much from those who have climbed to the summit of rifle reloading. OP, I hope that you are able to find a great deal of joy in your handloading hobby.

horsemen61
June 19, 2013, 07:38 PM
I have be reloading for going on a year now. Yes I feel it is a addiction that I love I now reload for almost every caliber I own (the only thing stopping me from reloading for every caliber is I can't find dies for a couple calibers yet). I just moved, and I live 5 minutes from a bass pro 10 from an academy and there are 10 walmarts which all sell ammo not to mention the pawn shops and gun shops .So am I fueling the fire yes I think so :D I look at it this way when I spend my money on reloading stuff I no I will use it for a long time if I go out to eat or to the bar or a movie that money is spent and the fun is over pretty quick when I reload I take my time and enjoy every second of it. I love it so much I have gotten 3 friends started And now the misses is even going to start I am so happy. I am a reloadaholic :evil:

Potatohead
June 19, 2013, 07:50 PM
I wanna be a reloadaholic, will you have room for one more at your Reloadaholics Anonymous meetings in the future? :)

allaroundhunter
June 19, 2013, 08:51 PM
I wanna be a reloadaholic, will you have room for one more at your Reloadaholics Anonymous meetings in the future? :)

Oh we aren't anonymous ;)

Lj1941
June 19, 2013, 09:06 PM
I prefer to call it handloading because I almost never shoot factory ammo.That is a good thing with shortages of almost every caliber factory loaded ammunition. The only exceptions are my two Communist Bloc calibers.They are the 762x39 & 762x54R. I am prevented by lack of loadable brass from loading large quantities of ammo for these. The 762x54R is the only exception to my rule of no factory ammunition-due to the spam cans I have accumilated over the past several years.I have dies for both calibers but haven't used them much.I have been loading on a small scale for more than 30 years and still enjoy it.It is a hobby to :p me as is shooting.I always say no more loading until I shoot what I have.I get the urge and I load a small batch of whatever.:cuss:

flipajig
June 19, 2013, 10:01 PM
I started reloading 7 years ago to save on shooting a 44 mag and for accuracy with my 06 A very good friend turend into my loading mentor with years of experience. Then I decided to start casting my own Boolits so that I'm able to bring everything full circle.
There is not a week that goes by that I'm not loading or casting for something. I read about it all the time nightly and some times during the day so I think I qualify as a Reloadaholic.
Flip

westy39
June 19, 2013, 11:28 PM
Hello, my name is Westy39, I am new to reloading BUT, I recently took several bricks of 22LR ammo to local pawn shops to trade for............ Yes, boolits, primers, and even a scope. I am just a bad person in need of more RCBS dies and primers... Please someone help me before I too become a ,,,,,,re load aholic. I am weak and looking for help...

joe-bue
June 19, 2013, 11:42 PM
Don't they say the first step is to admit you have a problem?

I refuse to admit, so then I don't have a problem!
........ am I right?

allaroundhunter
June 20, 2013, 12:32 AM
Don't they say the first step is to admit you have a problem?

I refuse to admit, so then I don't have a problem!
........ am I right?

That's the saying alright, but we are all in this together one way or another ;)

788Ham
June 20, 2013, 01:23 AM
I started reloading in 1970, just back from The Nam, needing something to occupy my time. I find if I need to reload some cases, I like the steps involved in the process, the process takes my attention totally, no outside noise or activities. This process { By whatever name } has let me become a better shooter and reloader, having learned better ways of doing a certain step, which helps come range time. I've got an '06 my Pop left me, trying to get some loads loaded, so I can tame this round too , have a .223 and .22-250 and a Savage .250 I can almost drive nails with, then I'll be about satisfied with my "creations", 5 rounds into one hole is still my aspiration before I'm through.

I'm familiar with the "other 12 step program" , joining another anonymous group won't be anything too severe... I'll keep my eyes open for meeting nights ! :cool:

Potatohead
June 20, 2013, 12:09 PM
You're in denial Joe-Bue...By the way, is your username Joe-Bue taken from the movie Major League? Cerrano's idol? (you probably dont have a clue what im talking about)

higgite
June 20, 2013, 02:46 PM
Quote:
I wanna be a reloadaholic, will you have room for one more at your Reloadaholics Anonymous meetings in the future? Oh we aren't anonymous ;)
More like Reloadaholics Unanimous!

TrueTexan
June 20, 2013, 03:50 PM
Don't they say the first step is to admit you have a problem?

I refuse to admit, so then I don't have a problem!
........ am I right?
Problem? I don't have no stinkin' problem

Now I gotta get back to finish reloading those 44 mags

joe-bue
June 20, 2013, 04:53 PM
You're in denial Joe-Bue...By the way, is your username Joe-Bue taken from the movie Major League? Cerrano's idol? (you probably dont have a clue what im talking about)
Yes it is. I know that it is spelled wrong, but I took what i could get.

splattergun
June 20, 2013, 08:38 PM
Don't they say the first step is to admit you have a problem?

I refuse to admit, so then I don't have a problem!
........ am I right?
I load, shoot it, and reload it... not a problem!

Romeo 33 Delta
June 21, 2013, 02:11 AM
SHE FOUND ME OUT!

My wife told me the other day that she knows why I keep buying odd-ball caliber rifles.

That way I have yet another project to research, find dies, brass, bullets, load data for.

Oh well, at least I didn't find all my "stuff" out in the street!:D

FROGO207
June 21, 2013, 07:28 AM
My name is------MUD and I am shooting up a metric but load of supplies that I may not be able to replace------ever.:what::D:D

Seriously I have no problem, ask my friends-----------OH they are all mad at me for shooting my ammo and not sharing.:neener:

FM12
June 22, 2013, 12:03 AM
You'll get to the point that you shoot just so you can reload again!

Lethal Threat
June 22, 2013, 12:20 AM
I scored my fix today and the LGS/pawn shop. Went in to buy some 500 S&W for loading the 50 Beowulf. Bought 100 of those. While there they asked if I was interested in stuff a couple of ladies had sold them. Went to the back and there it was "gold". I got:

100 .45 cal
600 .224 55gr for loading .223 cal
200 Match Hornady 168 boat tails
800 various gr .308

All this for $130.00.

The $130 was including the 100 500 S&W bullets too.

allaroundhunter
June 22, 2013, 12:41 AM
Lethal, you made out like a bandit!

Mohave-Tec
June 22, 2013, 02:08 AM
When I was 20 I would reload 2 rounds a day and tell people I reloaded 20. When I was 40, I would reload 20 rounds a day and tell people I reloaded 2. Today, I'm swinging in empty powder cans.........

Kerf
June 22, 2013, 02:51 AM
And need to broaden your horizons; strike out in a new direction. I always thought bullet swaging would be an interesting new field to explore. Havenít pulled the trigger yet, but looks intriguing.

Second question: why not skip the .204 and cut to the chase with a .17? With the .17 you get the thrill of a whole new reloading challenge, such as, a new powder funnel drop tube and the experience of a proprietary cleaning rod. Now that Remington has put itís blessing on the .17-223, you should be able to get an upper for your AR. As a big, slow bullet guy I have to admit Iím amazed by what a small bullet can do when traveling at +4000 fps.

allaroundhunter
June 22, 2013, 03:51 AM
And need to broaden your horizons; strike out in a new direction. I always thought bullet swaging would be an interesting new field to explore. Havenít pulled the trigger yet, but looks intriguing.

Second question: why not skip the .204 and cut to the chase with a .17? With the .17 you get the thrill of a whole new reloading challenge, such as, a new powder funnel drop tube and the experience of a proprietary cleaning rod. Now that Remington has put itís blessing on the .17-223, you should be able to get an upper for your AR. As a big, slow bullet guy I have to admit Iím amazed by what a small bullet can do when traveling at +4000 fps.

The .17 loses too much out past 300 yards to interest me to be honest. And seeing as I can load the .204 up to 4,000 fps (with 32-36 gr bullets) I would rather go with it for my uses as of now. And just for another reason I already have the powders to use with the .204 and components for the .17 will take a little longer to become as easy to acquire.

Dunkelheit
June 22, 2013, 07:54 AM
I would stop reloading when factory ammo comes cheaper than reloads.

kostner
June 23, 2013, 02:18 PM
You'll get to the point that you shoot just so you can reload again! quote
For the last twentyfive years I have wondered it I reload to shoot or shoot to reload. I think I enjoy the reloading more than the shooting. At one time I had a bench with five presses mounted on it. Now I down to a much smaller bench that allow me only one. But Lee saved the day by introducing their new bench plate. Still have four presses but can change them out in minutes. It's Sunday morning and I on the internet reading about reloading.

The Bushmaster
June 24, 2013, 12:02 PM
Reloadaholic?? Could be, but I'm more of a "Brass Rat"...

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