Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by LightninST, Feb 14, 2021.
2013, had a series of shoulder surgeries done and needed a 1 handed hobby(pun not intended). Started reloading for my win 94 30-30.
I had pulled the old 94 win(1961 production) all apart, cause when I got it, the action was. Early seized taking that apart one handed,cleaning it lubing it and refinishing the stock was no mean feat by itself.
I started reloading for it after that, in the course of the surgery and recover I totally lost about 7 months of memory, spotty before and after.
The end result was I ended up going back to rhe range after recovery with a rifle I had no recollection of taking apart and putting together, fixing to shoot ammo that I didn't remember reloading. Closed my eyes with my cheek away from the butt I. The first shot.
Ironically I took very good notes on the reloads,and had made A few videos of the overhaul otherwise I would not have had a record of what happened and likely oulled it all apart and started over.
I've upgraded over the years to a 450, 550 an 650 with all the bells and whistles. With the bullet and case feeder I was loading about 850 rounds per hour.
Started loading Metallics 11 or so years ago from looking at my forum date here.
This forum is a really good resource for us new loaders. I'm sure I'll be asking some questions once I get my primers and I'm ready to load my first completed cartridge.
In the fall of 2014 my wife asked why I wasn’t going to the range as often. I told her I shot up my monthly ammo budget already. She then said, “Can’t you make your own bullets?” I told her yes and hold that thought. 2 months later and whole bunch of YouTube/internet research I sent her an Amazon link for a Lee Turret Press as Christmas present for me.
Five years later I moved up to a Dillon XL 750.
When normal comes back, I’ll be looking into .223 for my ARs. The AR story is even better!...
Loaded ammo cost to much.
Chapter two. Metallic. About the same time, the jack rabbits were getting too wary for 22’s so my friends and I dug out the deer rifles, a sporterized 1917 for me. No such thing as light bullet 30-06 at the local stores so I bought a Lee whack-a-mole kit and some 110 gr hp bullets and the rabbits were not safe. I soon figured how to use the Lee and the MEC together so no more hammering primers in.
Went from that to various single stage presses and progressive shotgun presses. Bought a Dillon 450 in 1980, upgraded to 550 when available. Haven’t bought many factory loads since 1962.
are Jack Rabbits tasty?
As a kid I wondered what the green contraption on Dad's work bench was (RCBS press). He reloaded .308, .243, and 38 special. My brother sent me some spent .38 special brass that Dad had loaded back in the 70's. I have reloaded it several times and appreciate the heritage he left his boys. Hot loads back then based on the data he wrote on the box.
WOW! just plain out WOW!
Well timing couldn't I have been better because by mid March the government had us under a loose form of house arrest due to covid. Heeding warnings of a possible shortage, I did manage to score 5k small pistol match primers and 1k large pistol primers and a few hundred magnum primers of the same before primers had vanished from stock. This was just before the lockdown I think. Processing all that brass I saved gave me something to. do while locked up. Feeling really blessed that I started when I did and also that I managed to get the primers I did. Pure luck on my part. Since then I've managed to get enough powder and bullets to use up my remaining primers so my supply is in balance I am set for now and no longer shop for any components. Will wait for the buying panic to settle down I did buy a 41 magnum Henry lever gun (first rifle) and a 41 blackhawk revolver so I did follow through on my plan to buy a non mainstream caliber. While I've loaded a few hundred 9mm and 45 ACP I mostly focus on 38/357 and .41 as they last a lot longer at the range.
Then by the time I was 16 I was making my own ammo.
Awesome...best way to learn... great for you and your family
Started reloading Centerfire rifle and pistol a year or 3 ago.
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