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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. Atomross13

    Atomross13 Member

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    Sticking to 3 cartridges (9mm, 45ACP, and 38 Special) right now to get the basics down. I know I will have questions in the future.
     
  2. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    I detect a hint of snarky cynicism.
     
  3. South Prairie Jim

    South Prairie Jim Member

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    Maybe snarky, or just a silly answer to a thread like many others that have nothing to really offer in the way of moving the sport forward so I gave what I felt was a deserving answer.
    I’m not really a reloader per say’ although I do reload for a couple of rifles I’m no where close to accomplished beyond my own little program.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2022
  4. stillquietvoice

    stillquietvoice Contributing Member

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    Started in 1978 20 GA on a mechanical 600 Jr. By 82 had my own 12ga mec Jr and an rs2.
     
  5. BJung

    BJung Member

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    I assembled sks-123 SP Barnes with Fed cases, sks-123 SP Speer with Rem cases, sks-150 Hornady and sks -150 Barnes with Win cases using IMR 4198 in a series of testloads for each.
     
  6. Ken T

    Ken T Member

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    I started in the late 50's with a Lyman 310 tool in .30-06.Also started bullet casting at the same time.
     
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  7. Skgreen

    Skgreen Contributing Member

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    Less than 1% difference between the "0-10" and "40-50" groups. (~22-23%~)

    Combining the "40-50" with the "50+" group would = 40% of the respondents.

    A "30 and up" group would = half of the respondents.

    Definitely some years of experience out there!!! :thumbup:
     
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  8. Thomasss

    Thomasss Member

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    I can't truly remember that far back. More than 58 years ago. We loaded 12 and 20 shotshells on a MEC Junior.
    Powder was selling for just over $4/lb. and 25 lbs. of soft shot was $7.50/bag or so. We used mostly ALCAN wads.
     
  9. hdwhit

    hdwhit Member

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    Started in 1977. I was 17. Couldn't buy ammunition (30 Carbine was classified as a pistol round), but nobody thought twice about selling me primers, powder and bullets.
     
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  10. dartor

    dartor Member

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    1996 with a Rockchucker master reloading kit. 9mm and 357mag shortly after. Up to 18 calibers casting and reloading today.
     
  11. 270OKIE

    270OKIE Contributing Member

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    Wow I'm surprised that the results are basically evenly split all the way down... Or should I say, not surprised... Anyway, I first started with 270 Winchester in August 2020 and now do basically the most common calibers.
     
  12. mstreddy

    mstreddy Member

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    I started with an RCBS Rockchucker back in 1988/89 for 9MM. A few pauses, due to moves, trips with my rich uncle, etc. Got really into it in 2012.
     
  13. twarr1

    twarr1 Member

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    Lots of accumulated experience and wisdom here! Thanks to THR for providing this venue.
     
  14. Tall

    Tall Member

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    A long time. Still enjoy it a lot. Added two more calibers yesterday. Pulled 30 32-20 reloads that I bought at a gun show in the 1980's so I can reload them.
     
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  15. Austin Albright

    Austin Albright Member

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    Started in about 1968. Mom had so sign for a 4 5/8 inch Ruger Blackhawk. Only way I could afford to shoot it was to reload. Started reloading 38 special with Lee Whack a mole. Still have it. Take it out once in a while to reminisce about the "good ol' days". I remember reloading while watching "Gunsmoke" on the tv with the family. I set off a primer while trying to seat one and dad said I had to do the priming operation outside after that. Would take most of the show to reload one box of 38 special's.
    When I finally got a RCBS Jr. press about a year later though I was in tall cotton.
    Its about the only hobby I've had for most of my life. Too old to change now.
     
  16. thump_rrr

    thump_rrr Member

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    I started in 2010, in my 40’s
    Now shooting and reloading is practically the only thing I do in my spare time.
     
  17. Thomasss

    Thomasss Member

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    You are going down a long dark reloading road.
    I can only offer you this advice: "Use the Force..., use the Force."
     
  18. alfsauve

    alfsauve Member

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    Poll closed before I could vote.

    Started in ‘70 with whack-a-mole in .38spl. Entered the big time a few months later with a Herters C press.
     
  19. Hikingman

    Hikingman Member

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    First: March 15, 2006. I was taught to keep the date/ quantity/ recipe of every batch for future reference (3 ring binder).
     
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  20. CQB45ACP

    CQB45ACP Member

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    Should’ve tried early voting…no limit to number you can cast!
     
  21. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    I think Alf was talking about the forum survey, not the midterms.
     
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  22. CQB45ACP

    CQB45ACP Member

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    What’s a midterm?
     
  23. gudaki

    gudaki Member

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    I started around 1977 or 78 loading 12 ga.
     
  24. Demi-human

    Demi-human maybe likes firearms a little bit…

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    Isn’t that where a datum can be found?;)
     
  25. ballman6711

    ballman6711 Member

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    Yep! For me it's about 12 1/2 yards with a pistol!

    chris
     
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