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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RONALD MORPHEW, Nov 2, 2022.

  1. 22250Rem

    22250Rem Member

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    1987-88ish I started out with the 22-250 because I had wanted to get into reloading for about 10 years and finally got sick of buying factory 22-250 ammo. At the time, my employer was starting to use in-house computers for all factory production record keeping and we all needed a password to access the system. As a newbie reloader I picked 22250Rem as my first password for the in-house computer system and just kind of recycled it when the internet came along.
     
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  2. Riomouse911

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    Thank you for serving! The USCG is held in very high esteem in the fishing areas of the North Coast of Ca. Many people owe their lives to the choppers and the rescue craft that ply along those shores! :thumbup: (In school at Eureka, Ca., 1986-1989)

    My Grandfather was a Marine stationed on Kodiak during WWII. The garrison there was awaiting the invading Japanese, who fortunately stopped at Attu and Kiska.

    My first reloading set in 1996 was a Lee C press, .45 Colt dies, 255 gr swc bullets and Unique powder. The .44 Mag/Spl followed shortly thereafter.

    Stay safe.
     
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  3. tactikel

    tactikel Member

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    9 mm in a Lee loader, 1969.
     
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  4. Handshaker

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  5. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    .357Magnum and .38Spl. I was 10 when my uncle let me start watching him handload at his house when we visited. I started reloading on my own kit at 13 thanks to that same uncle. This was around 1977.
     
  6. jmr40

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    I picked up a 338-06 at a good price. My initial plan was to keep the Zeiss scope that was on it and flip the rifle. But it came with 20 rounds of loaded ammo, so I decided to shoot the ammo before selling the gun. After shooting up those 20 rounds I decided to keep it and start handloading. There are very few options for factory loaded 338-06 ammo and it was $60 for 20 rounds. And that was 20 years ago.

    I had a friend who had given up hunting and shooting. I called him and asked if he was interested in selling his gear. He was glad to get rid of it and I got everything I needed except for dies at a good price. I did eventually sell the rifle and kept the scope. But that is how I got started.
     
  7. Jimster

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    45-70 blackpowder rounds. Used a Lyman 310 tool. Of course it was right after the movie Quigley Down Under came out. I use my Lee turret press now. Easier on my hands and quicker.
     
  8. Edaw468

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    45ACP in probably 1999 or so. Used a friends dad’s equipment with a group of us, to go shooting for the day.

    The next time I reloaded was 2020, 45ACP again, plus 308. Needed a hobby for indoors, had to spend the stimulus money on something.
     
  9. bdb242

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    1962 and started with 30-06. I was raised on a small farm and learned early to use a lot of tools and loved reading Jack O'Conner in my Outdoor Life magazines. Mowed yards to buy my first rifle in 1962 (I was 11). Found a used Savage model 110 for $65.00. Bought a RCBS single stage press and dies at a local gun shop and a loading manual. Powder was 4320, 150 gr bullets and primers. My dad had a good friend that was in the national guard who kept me in ball ammo when 30-06 was being phased out. I load for over 40 calibers now, both rifle, pistol, and wild cats.
     
  10. Scooter22

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    Started around 1974. .243. .223, 30-30, 30-06, .444 and a whole bunch after..
     
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  11. dfish1247

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    1997, 12 years old, 7-30 waters for a contender on a lee single stage. I’d “helped” my dad since I was 6 years old, so that day he told me to load my own and he’d buy the components because he was tired of me going through everything he’d loaded for himself, lol.
     
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  12. BushMaster-15

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    7mm Rem Mag ,remember as if it were yesterday ; Bought it New in 1965 and within #6 months had bought a RCBS Press dies powder throw the whole enchilada . As I had .308 30-06 .44 Magnum and a couple of 9mm's ; figured I'd save some coin .

    NOT sure that worked out as well as I'd hoped looking back over the 10's of K's of $'s I've spent but it sure as hell made ME a Better shot ; as I could afford to shoot when I wanted too :)
     
  13. sparkyv

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    .223 Rem with a Lee Loader kit almost 10yrs ago. I just couldn't believe how well my whack-a-mole reloads shot that now I reload for every caliber I shoot less 22LR. What a great hobby!
     
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  14. Ironicaintit

    Ironicaintit Member

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    My first batch was 30-30, in 2015, on a late 70s vintage Lyman spar-t that I inherited from my dad.

    wish I'd started a lot earlier, while my old man was still around!
     
  15. GeoDudeFlorida

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    “Vintage” he says. :neener:
    Same press I started on - in the late 70’s - when it was new.
    Can’t be mine, though. Mine fell out of a trailer on US1 south of Melbourne at about 70MPH. Shattered the C-Frame. I stopped, turned around to see if it was salvageable. Darned near cried.
    Enjoy that press, sir. She’s a good one.
     
  16. __steve__

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    First load I loaded was January 2021. 500 gr HRNDY bullets for 500 S&W filled up with 4759.
     
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  17. Bush Pilot

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    41 magnum and 30/06 when I was a mere yute in 74. Was scared to death the first couple pulls of the trigger.
     
  18. chamokaneman

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    30-30 about 1992 or so.
     
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  19. Theinkman

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    Late 70's 12 gauge on a MEC 600 Jr. Still have the press but don't shoot near as much shotgun as I did back then. First bottleneck cartridge was 7mm RM on a RCBS Rockchucker. First handgun 44 mag. I was lucky to have a good friend who mentored me in metallic cartridge reloading.
     
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  20. speedingpickle

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    I'm still pretty new to it, only a little over a year under the belt, and my first try was with 7.62x39.
    Figured if I was going to blow up one of my guns my cheapo milsurp wouldn't be a huge loss.
     
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  21. Barbaroja

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    When I was young my old man had some guns and did some casting and reloading so I grew up assuming that it was just part of having guns and didn’t know not everyone did it.
    Fast forward to 2018 I bought a 12ga shotgun and wanted to shoot more slugs for less money so I got a Lee load-all and a Lee 12ga 1oz slug mold.
    Shortly after that I got a press and started loading for 7mm Remington magnum and it’s just snowballed from there.
     
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  22. lordpaxman

    lordpaxman Member

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    .22-250. 1971. Just started high school, Creekside gun shop where I got a 700 BDL and at a time where they gave you a box of shells and said go out to their range and try it out before you buy it. RCBS - Rock Chucker Jr and the rest of the necessary equipment. Still have it all today with one of my sons using it. The only help was a Speer manual, the one with the cowboy on front, my mentor.
     
  23. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

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    Well back in 1968-69 I was helping my grandfather reload for 30-30 and 38SPL on an old Lyman single stage. Can't remember which was first but that was the first time I "made" my own rounds and we went out and shot them up shortly after. That fall I learned about reloading a 12 GA using an Ideal press and roll crimping gadget as well. Previously I had helped prep brass and such only.
     
  24. Big Wes

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    Started in '94 with 45 acp on a 550B, shortly there after, 38/357spl., 9mm, 380 ,357 sig and recently started rifle 223 & 308.
     
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  25. Armored farmer

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    Mine was early 70s.
    12 ga trap loads on a 400 mec.
    I thought it was great fun. I was probably 10yo sitting at a table in my parents unfinished basement with dad loading Winchester paper Super Target or Federal Champions.
    He and later we....shot alot. We stomped out lots of ammo over the years listening to a transistor radio. It became my responsibility to load ammo for the weeknight leagues and practice and our weekend trapshoots. It was a chore that I didn't mind.
    Our nearest gun shop was an hour away in Terre Haute, Indiana. That wasn't good for buying ammo, so I started reloading center fire .357 right after I got married 38 years ago.
    Now we have a good gunshop about four miles away.
    Thats not good either.....;)
     
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