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Poll: How long have you been reloading?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Skgreen, Nov 9, 2022.

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How long have you been reloading?

Poll closed Nov 16, 2022.
  1. Less than a year

    6 vote(s)
    2.2%
  2. 1-5 years

    38 vote(s)
    14.1%
  3. 5+ years

    24 vote(s)
    8.9%
  4. 10+ years

    32 vote(s)
    11.9%
  5. 20+

    30 vote(s)
    11.2%
  6. 30+

    31 vote(s)
    11.5%
  7. 40+

    62 vote(s)
    23.0%
  8. over 50

    46 vote(s)
    17.1%
  1. codytrucker

    codytrucker Member

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    I went with 20+ , but I actually started around 1976 , for a rem 788 ,223 . left home in '79 . and didn't start back up until I bought my first house in 2000 . Still have that old Texan "C" press and dies , though . And a room full of assorted other stuff . Looks like all in all I've saved about ..... $-10,000 .
     
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  2. lightman

    lightman Member

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    I put over 50 because I was loading without supervision at the age of 11 or 12, at Grandpas house. And also casting! I didn't have my own set-up until I was about 20 though.
     
  3. 2ndtimer

    2ndtimer Member

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    You might want to try a pound of LeverEvolution, just sayin’. :D
     
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  4. 2ndtimer

    2ndtimer Member

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    I started loading with my buddy back in the late ‘70’s. .38 Specials and .357 Magnums on his Rockchucker press, and then added dies for my .243 Win. Got my own press (RCBS RC II, of course) and started down the rabbit hole. Over the years, I have loaded .223 Rem, 22-250, .243 Win, 6mm Rem, 6.5x55, .270 Win, .270 WSM, 7mm-08, .280 Rem, 7mm Rem Mag, .30-30 Win, .308 Win, 30-06, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Federal to go along with handgun cartridges 9mm, .40 S&W, 10mm, .45 ACP, .44 Mag and 7 TCU.
    Along the way, added a Dillon 550 for the 9mm, .357 and .44 Mag. Also for the .223, but rarely use it for the bottle neck case. Probably should try to swap my .44 Mag stuff for the Dillon .45 ACP, since I no longer have a .44 Mag…
     
  5. Ru4real

    Ru4real Member

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    And ruin tradition? Not me, never! But I bet my son will, LOL. That kid won’t listen to me :)
     
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  6. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Member

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    I started reloading in 1980 with a 380ACP Lee Loader

    A press soon followed along with gear to load 45 ACP and 38 Special.

    40+ years later I have the equipment to load something north of 30 different cartridges and 4 shotgun gauges.
     
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  7. RainDodger

    RainDodger Member

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    The first new single stage press I received as a Christmas gift has a manufacturer's date stamped on it... '69. Before that, I was using the old Pacific "C" press I inherited when my father passed away when I was 14. So, I've been loading at LEAST since 1969 when I was 15. More likely 1967, but I'll settle for '69. :)
     
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  8. BigBlue 94

    BigBlue 94 Member

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    I was 14.

    I lost all my reloading gear in 2015 in a fire much of it was my grandpa's. Enjoy your time with that Rockchucker; y'all are well acquainted im sure :thumbup:
     
  9. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    Yeah, I never understood that kind of thinking.
    "It's been working for a hundred years!"
    "Then you need to change it."
    ??????
    Some folks figure if it ain't broke, keep improving it until it is. :scrutiny:
     
  10. rtufixer

    rtufixer Member

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    I've been reloading for so long I forget how long I've been reloading.
     
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  11. Skgreen

    Skgreen Contributing Member

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    If we broke everything down into 10 yr groups and merged everyone with <10 yrs together, it would be the largest group, but not by much,,, The 40+'ers are really strong.
     
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  12. deadeye dick

    deadeye dick Member

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    1964 with a Lee wackamole 12 ga paper hulls.
     
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  13. CQB45ACP

    CQB45ACP Member

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    Manipulating statistics is an art form.
     
  14. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    Read, "How To Lie With Statistics" by Darrell Huff (1954). Irving Greis' illustrations remind me of some of my old high school textbooks.:rofl:
    It's a good read and very informative. The only shocking thing is that he wasn't lynched in the public square for being a journalist who told the truth.
     
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  15. DesertFox

    DesertFox Member

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    Stuffing lead via a Dillon 550B for 30+ years. Sometimes more frequently than others, depending on component availability.
     
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  16. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Contributing Member

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    9 years here. I’ll give up reloading in about 60 years! 104 sounds like a good age to call it quite

    Don’t forget the other reloaders, the Black Powder folks! Colt 1860 has a built in Press!!! LeMat has a .44 cal 9 station turret press and a 20 gauge press built in
     
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  17. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

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    The saying around here:
    If it ain't broke you havent "fixed it" enough yet! LOL
     
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  18. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    :rofl::D
     
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  19. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    What’s a little disappointing is only 3 are less than a year. I was kinda hoping there were more beginners here.
     
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  20. Soonerpesek

    Soonerpesek Member

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    There is probably more, they just don't wanna be loadersplained just yet..............cause it would happen from certain members........:p
     
  21. JimKirk

    JimKirk Member

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    1965 .... Ten years old ... been at it ever since ...
     
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  22. BushMaster-15

    BushMaster-15 Member

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    You don't get to say that until you can't remember :D
     
  23. BushMaster-15

    BushMaster-15 Member

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    Kudos's to ALL Reloaders whether you started yesterday or 70 years ago .It's a fascinating journey and ultimate firearm learning experience from the ground up so to speak :)

    One fellow who posted he had not loaded all that many and was slow ; Partner it's NOT A RACE everyone loads at their own pace and haste makes mistakes and I for one despise pulling loads . So Take your time careful construction pays off in the long run .
     
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  24. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Contributing Member

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    wonder how many beginners SOLD the hobby after the plandemic components FAIL and ammo prices back down to Earth
     
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  25. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    We’ll never know but I suspect most who bought reloading equipment and supplies as “insurance” against a long term shortage still haven’t unboxed their first press. A good many of those will weigh down closet shelves for decades before being sold online for dollars to the penny.
     
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