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Newbie paranoia

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JimmAr, Dec 25, 2008.

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  1. JimmAr

    JimmAr Member

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    When you guys started to reload your first loads out the gate.. were you a little scared to pull the trigger?

    Tell me im not the only one.. :p
     
  2. dae06

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    I haven't started reloading yet , but I will soon and Yes, I'm sure I will be a little anxious too. :D
     
  3. Afy

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    Just the first couple of shots...

    Now I dont like using commercial ammo.
     
  4. Shoney

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    If you were careful, and followed the rules

    Always double checked your powder and tools;

    And loading went without any hitches,

    Jus’ pull the trigger on those son of b – b – b – - - - guns.
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    Or just let your wife do it.
     
  5. JimKirk

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    I would say excited!!! Heck I knew I had put together just what the Speer #8 had said ....I knew that they knew what they were talking about....dang lets get a target up (empty oil can) ...BANG ..BANG ...BANG ....ahh..ahh ...dang that felt greeeat!

    Jimmy K:D
     
  6. copdills

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    yep, but got over it quick with the first shot, just be careful everything will be alright
     
  7. kalbo

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    oh yeah

    I’m always paranoid. I always start with minimum start loads. One thing I have found is that the higher or faster I try to push the bullets the bigger my groups are. Yes my loads may not scream down range, but they group well, are well under the maximum pressures, and I will take the accuracy over the velocity any day. It may sound funny, but some of my best loads have come from Lee load data and using the recommended Lee dipper. They normally get you at or slightly below the starting loads. They are inherently safe as long as you follow the correct data. I know some will laugh at scooping powder, striking it off and dumping it in the brass. I did to. But it works.
     
  8. jcwit

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    Read, read, read the manuals, follow the recipes to the letter, and everything will be AOK.

    Remember their aren,t lawsuits everywhere regarding reloading.
     
  9. Grassman

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    Yep, I felt that way a little. After that first pop, you feel everything you did was right, and very satisfying. If your gun blows up...........then not so much.
     
  10. crebralfix

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    Load light, measure twice, double check your work and everything will be fine.

    If you're really worried, just put one round in the gun.
     
  11. elkhuntingfool

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    Yes I was a bit nervous - but my father in law reloaded for me so I kind of figured that I would be okay. Now I laugh when I hear people tell me they got a 'good deal' at a gun show on ammo. No such thing unless you reload - in my opinion anyhow.

    The only ammo I buy is 22LR.
     
  12. Mikee Loxxer

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    I was nervous about shooting my first loads. After shooting a couple of them the nervousness went away. As long as you are mindful when loading you shouldn't have any troubles.
     
  13. Walkalong

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    Sure, I was nervous the first time. Back then we were mostly on our own. A book or two, some articles in Guns and Ammo every month. but no internet full of knowledge to help out like now. When the first round went bang and sounded right, as well as hit the target, the butterflies went away. :)
     
  14. GaryL

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    I was excited, but then I had a Jedi master set me up the first time, and I knew the recipe was a good one. The gun I shot them through (all 800+ rounds) loved those loads. Unfortunately, I wore that gun out, and replacement parts are more than it's worth.
     
  15. Ky Larry

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    I can't remember how I felt. Heck, I can barely remember last week, let alone 1974. Guess that's what happens when you get old. What were we talking about, anyway? Somebody pass me my Geritol.:confused:
     
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    Jimm -
    Just proves to me you have a brain. The only person NOT scared would have to be a moron. Like the others said... start at the lower end.... take your time.... keep your bench clean.... follow the books.... and read, read, read!

    All the best!
     
  17. rfwobbly

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    Hey Shoney...

    You need to post that poem.... HERE !

    I loved it!
     
  18. RustyFN

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    Yes I was a little nervous the first couple of rounds.
    Rusty
     
  19. jdc1244

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    I was scared during the first reloading process – I loaded the powder so light the pistol wouldn’t cycle properly. :eek:
     
  20. The Bushmaster

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    My first reloads over 22 years ago (moderate loading of 2400 for my colt SAA .357 magnum)...Blam. blam, blam, blam, blam, blam...Hot Damn!! This is fun. Can't wait to reload them again.

    Nervous for the first 6 rounds? A little bit, but like was stated above. If you read the manual, followed the instructions and loaded according to the recommened data. You are in and bitten by the hab...Aah...Hobby...
     
  21. Art Eatman

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    Nervous? No. I was 16, and I just did what my uncle told me, as he watched the first few loads. He wandered off and I just kept on keeping on until I'd reloaded all the empty brass. But, by 1950, he'd been gunsmithing and reloading since around the early 1920s. I just figured he knew what he was doing, so I'd do what he said.
     
  22. jjohnson

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    Nope.

    No, when I started reloading, I was maybe 15 years old, and too young to be scared of anything other than girls :evil:

    In the last 38 or so years of handloading, I'm still afraid of girls :what: and even though I've had the occasional double charge (WHICH SHOULD BE AVOIDED - BE CAREFUL) I'm way more afraid of other people handling firearms at the range than I am of my own reloads.

    Be careful like your life depended on it. Don't allow any distractions when you reload. I've double charged maybe one per decade, but that's more than enough. Skipping a charge and creating a squib load that gets stuck in your barrel and has to be tapped out with a brass rod is annoying. A double charge, on the other hand, is exciting. :eek:

    Keep asking questions, we'll be glad to answer, and consider the safety advice in particular. It's just like explosives - handle carefully, make no mistakes, you'll be okay.
     
  23. Shoney

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    rfwobbly:

    What? Put my poems up in that forum?
    I’m afraid I just don’t have the decorum
    My thoughts are private, glad you enjoy’em.

    My goodness, those guys are posting haikus
    That boggles my brain and gives me the blues.
    And twists my knickers till it stains my shoes.

    They say orange is a word you can not rhyme
    But I’ve given it thought and lots of time.
    Hope you don’t think the results are a crime.

    My girlfriend Angie is called “The Flange”
    And when I saw her eating an orange;
    All I could think to say was “Poor Ang.”

    Its winter, we wait for it to turn vernal
    So when you visit the Kentucky Colonel
    Don’t think of my poem when you use the urinal!
     
  24. Clark

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    Those that write the gun rag pages
    Make it up, but pose as sages
    Those who think that it's all true
    Pay the bills to print more poo

    Even worse are the reviews
    Pay for adds is pay'n dues
    If per chance you didn't pay
    It ain't so good what we will say
     
  25. Oddbod

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    I had no worries at all about my first reloads - I gave them to a mate for him to shoot.:D
     
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