Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kalielkslayer, Apr 7, 2021.
Later added a .311291 mold and a Lyman No. 45 sizer-lubricator.
For the next couple decades I reloaded off and on. Now I have multiple presses, multiple everything, (like most of us do) and would rather reload almost more than shooting. It's relaxing and actually makes me shoot more so I can reload more. From the kitchen counter to now having a good portion of my garage dedicated to my passion.
I had a local guy I knew who was a reloader (since the mid 60s) who I attempted to get advice from, but he wouldn't help out. He said to check your manual and see what it says. He was no help. (Later on as I got more into the oddball calibers he gave me a call asking about 7.5 Swiss data for a friend......I told him to check his manual and see what it said) I just slowly went forward with it all and really enjoyed it. First cartridge I loaded for was .38 Special ammo. (Bet ya never heard that before). The local gunshop was getting out of all their reloading gear and had a 40% off sale so I went up there and bought a bunch of stuff from them and built my dies sets and accessories up. They actually ended up getting back into reloading gear and had to redo the whole area after they sold everything.....
I guess that I’ve had a love affair or infatuation with firearms/shooting/hunting since birth.....or very soon thereafter. My Dad hunted some when he was young, but, only knew work when he was raising a family. I could count on the fingers using both hands the number of times we went hunting.....but, supported my hunting passion also allowing me to have guns. My first being a Benjamin Pump for my 7th birthday, giving me a Stevens 22/410 (which he had won soon after WWII) on my 8th.
When I was somewhere around 7 years old, I saw my uncle reloading some rifle (30-06) cartridges. I was astounded, and absolutely smitten with the realization that you could reload your own ammunition!
Fast forward to around age 14, I saved my yard money and picking up pecan money, to buy a Winchester Model 88 in .308 Win. I quickly discovered that I couldn’t afford to shoot much, unless I could cut costs. I bought a Lee Loader.....thus starting my run “down the rabbit hole”! Everything was done with no mentors......merely written material and a burning desire.
By age 17, I had my first centerfire handgun (S&W Model 28). Bought a Lee Loader for it.....and starting loading for it. Already married at this time, with the bills of a young family, my loading components and equipment was very slowly accumulated. By the age of 20 or 21, I was casting bullets for the Model 28, and soon afterwards for the .308 Win. .....which really cut the costs of shooting, while giving much satisfaction knowing that I was producing my own ammo!
I’ve never shot as much as many shooters, and at times did very little loading/shooting.....but, never stopped.In fact most of our (wife and self) guns have never fired a factory round.....the exception being our defense handguns and our 22 RF’s. Actually, a few of our firearms have never had a jacketed bullet run through the bore! memtb
As a result, I purchased an original Lee Loader, a lb of W231, a couple of sleeves of primers, and some HBWC bullets. Mom wouldn't let me load at the kitchen table, so I went out to the back porch, sat on the ground, and using a mallet turned out .38 ammo. I probably saved about $1 per box, not factoring in the cost of my time, but hey, I was a teenager with time to spare.
Not long after getting my own place I replaced the Lee Loader with a C-press, and the rest is history.
Sounds like a nice relaxing hobby and a good way to keep out of trouble. Kind of makes me want to get a whack-a-mole and try it!
I started shooting with my dad when I was 8 or 9, big enough to hold his .22. I developed an interest in reloading when I really got into shooting in high school. I knew a few other guys who's dads had reloading gear and we talked about it a lot. Also, there was a family friend who knew all about guns, ammo, and shooting who encouraged the interest. I think my parents figured guns were probably safer than cars or girls and were okay with it.
It was some years later, after active duty in the Marine Corps, a college degree, marriage, moving around... and acquisition on a couple of rifles with rather rare chamberings that I bought a Lee starter kit and went to work. That was almost twenty years ago. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a shooting club with a member who held a workshop to introduce people to handloading. We were shown different presses, how they work, etc. Good stuff.
I mounted my press on a chunk of two by six so it could be clamped to a table and moved around.
I ended up on more than one project where the permits were not in order and had to spend considerable time waiting in a hotel room for word to begin. I'd pass the time handloading. A couple of presses have been all over the western U.S. I ended up going home after one project with over a thousand rounds of different cartridges once.
Traveling reloader! house keeping must have been freaked out
I'm always careful when on the road. I never leave it set up if I'm going out for the day, break it down every night and transport my stuff in a non-descript tote with non-firearm related stickers on it. I usually put dirty clothes on top of the tote in case housekeeping gets curious. It's kind of a pain but I figure it's a way to be constructive at night. I was more concerned that housekeeping might notice spilled stick powder and mistake it for mouse droppings.
well, better than spending night at the bar.
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