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Poll: Level of involvement in reloading.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by USSR, Mar 14, 2013.

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Poll: Level of involvement in reloading.

Poll closed Apr 13, 2013.
  1. Don't reload now, maybe later.

    6 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. New reloader.

    60 vote(s)
    20.4%
  3. Long time reloader, but don't cast bullets.

    149 vote(s)
    50.7%
  4. Long time reloader, fairly new to casting bullets.

    24 vote(s)
    8.2%
  5. Long time reloader and bullet caster.

    55 vote(s)
    18.7%
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  1. USSR

    USSR Member

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    Guys,

    Interested in knowing where everyone is in regards to providing for the feeding of your firearms. I suspect we may have quite a few new guys involved in reloading, and hope this poll will shed some light on our level of involvement in this.

    Don
     
  2. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Member

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    I've got nine Dillon presses, I guess I'm sort of involved :)
     
  3. gilly6993

    gilly6993 Member

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    About 3 years....bought my LNL about a month after I got my LTC....new to rifle though....
     
  4. kerreckt

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    I have been reloading since about 1983 (with a press) and casting since about 1993. I started with a Lee 16ga. handloader in about 1969. I am certain that there are plenty of folks on this forum who have done it long but I consider this to qualify as a "longtime" reloader and caster. I do some aspect of either loading or casting about 5 days a week. Probably, one of the reasons I am divorced. A mans gotta have his priorities.
     
  5. leadchucker

    leadchucker Member

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    I've been loading for my auto pistols for a couple of years now. I just recently got a set of 38 spl dies so I could load some fodder for my old S&W model 10. I was considering trying a hand at casting some boolits for it.
     
  6. Belmont148

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    Just started reloading after Sandy Hook forced me to get off the fence after 2 years of research. Luckily I have everything I need at pre-panic prices and enough components to load about 6000 rounds over the next 12 months while I learn and develop my loads. By years end hopefully inventory will be back to normal and I can make some bulk purchases of my goto components and make a plan for the next 2 years.

    Calibers I am loading:
    .308
    .223
    7.62x39
    30-30
    .45acp
    9mm
    .380acp

    I plan to add 44 spl/mag and .45LC to the list next year. So while I am new, I have jumped in head first and became pretty involved reather quickly. I think my tumbler runs 9 hours out of the day at the moment. :)
     
  7. Searcher4851

    Searcher4851 Member

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    Been reloadin for over 30 years, but only ever cast for my muzzle loaders until a couple of years ago when I started casting for cartridges as well.
     
  8. cfullgraf

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    I checked "long time loader but do not cast" as i do not currently cast my own bullets.

    But, I did cast them in the past and still have the equipment. I still shoot cast bullets. I just do not want to spend the time making them these days.

    I have been reloading since about 1980
     
  9. EMC45

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    I'm pretty new at reloading. I started in 1998.
     
  10. joecil

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    I'm also new to reloading for a little over a year though my father reloaded for years I didn't due to cheap ammo. Now I do reload for all my guns however I currently can't cast where I live but will as soon as I retire later this year and move. I have cast previously mostly for cap and ball pistols and rifles years ago. I'm using a Lee Classic Turret and Lee Classic Cast presses for my location with a Lee hand press for range/cowboy action stuff away from home.
     
  11. Arkansas Paul

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    Don't really know where I fit in that poll.

    I've been reloading for about 3 years or so now. Casting less than 2, so I'm fairly new to both. One is about as addictive as the other to me.
     
  12. holdencm9

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    Within the last 6 months. Bought a .45 last summer and had to devise a way to afford shooting it. Turns out to be quite serendipitous as now I reload 9mm and .223 too.
     
  13. IlikeSA

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    I started reloading in early 2012, and only for 45 acp. I do want to start reloading for .357/.38 though.
     
  14. USSR

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    A.P.,

    Given the limited options in this poll, I'd consider you a long time reloader and caster. When I think of someone new to an activity, I'm thinking, say, 6 months or since the drought began.

    Don
     
  15. Godsgunman

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    Just started reloading in the last month. Mainly reloading .357 mags but plan on adding 9x19 soon, just need to add the dies for them.
     
  16. kostner

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    Wife & I had side by side press when we started 25 yrs. ago. Now I'm on my own at the bench in the evening reloading. Still enjoy it and thinking about investing in a new
    Hornady LnL press. Using two SDB's 9mm & 45acp and a Lee Classic turret for everything from 380 to 3006. Casting is a hoot and I use Lee molds and furnace both rifle and pistol bullets. Good luck and hope you enjoy the hobby as much as my family does.
     
  17. Magnum Shooter

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    I have been reloading for over 30 and casting for 20 years.
     
  18. FallAirFever

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    I have only bee reloading about a year, all for rifle.

    I load for 270 win, 7mm RM, 308 win, 223 rem and 30-06. I reload with son and for some friends and I really enjoy it!
     
  19. esheato

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    Been loading for 12 years or so...shotgun, rifle and pistol. Not much I shoot that isn't rolled by yours truly.

    IME, I didn't really understand firearms, and more importantly, I didn't really have the round count to shoot well until I started loading. The benefits are vast, and I dare say that if you don't load, I consider you a plinker. Of course, there are exceptions......

    Until I got to the point that I could shoot without seeing quarters flying downrange with every trigger press, I wasn't a true student of the gun.

    No offense intended...it's just my opinion.
     
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  20. mljdeckard

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    I've been at it less than a year, I consider myself a noob.
     
  21. dmazur

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    I've been reloading "seriously" for around 10 years. (Discounting the "Whack-a-mole era...)

    I only reload .243, .30-06, .45ACP and .44Mag, so my experience is somewhat limited by this.

    Until I got a Garand, I'm not sure I understood headspace. (And maybe still don't, but that led me further down the path to enlightenment.)

    And until I trimmed 1000 cases with a lathe-type trimmer, I didn't understand what a Giraud was for. :)
     
  22. SlowFuse

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    I selected that I am a new reloader. Been going at it for a little over 2 years.

    I'm looking very seriously at starting to cast my own but I'm not sure if I have time for it.
     
  23. James2

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    Guess I am an old timer. Started reloading in 1957, and casting in 1958. I first reloaded for 30-30, then got a 44 Spl and started casting 44 bullets. Now days, I cast for 44, 357, and 45. I never did try casting for the 30-30 nor any rifles. Now that I am retired I have more time to enjoy the shooting. Reloading, casting and shooting more than at any time previously.

    USSR Don, are you going to tell us about you?
     
  24. Clark

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    I was pouring lead in 1965 and one of the molds I made got a rain drop in it.

    I got sprayed with Lead and had a Sliver looking face.
    The doctor pulled a piece of Lead out of my eye was the impression of an eye ball.

    The next day in first period 8th grade shop class, the instructor made fun of my poke a dot face. Everyone laughed.
     
  25. TBH

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    James, you beat me to it I started reloading when I was 14 and that was in 1974. I was going to ask, does that make me old??? Bought my Dillon 550 around 1986.
    I started reloading to shoot more for less money. Then realized my rifle ammo was more accurate and dependable than factory. A few years ago I discovered manufacturers were making match quality ammo, but I refused to pay $1-2 Per round.
    Always loved reloading.
     
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