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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Retired Navy "FMF", Jan 8, 2009.
I was just interested to see how many reloaders we have from the DFW area.
I just started reloading about 4 months ago
I have been reloading since last April. I also cast my own bullets.
I've been reloading on and off for about 30 years or so...Got back into it real heavy in the last couple years since I shoot more now and store bought ammo has gone up so much...
Have a Hornady LNL Progressive... Mostly crank out 357 for cowboy action and 9mm for carry practice..
I've got most of my reloading gear now so, just have to set it up and start loading up some ammo. It has been 30 years since I last did any reloading so it's going to be to the like a newbie all over again but, I am looking forward to it. I think it will be a rewarding process. BTW I went with the RL550B and I already have an old RCBS Jr2. I can't believe how much $ this stuff cost now compared to the old days. I am going to start out loading .45, 9mm and .380
I started reloading just for .308, but everyone kept giving me .223 brass, so I bought a set of dies and started loading that right about when the price started going way up.
Now that handgun ammo is getting ridiculous, I guess I will have to buy some dies for that too.
I've been reloading since 1972, pretty much only for handgun calibers. I own 4 presses: my original RCBS Rock Chucker; a Dillon 450B; a Hornady Pro-Jector; and a Dillon 650. Although all of them are capable of being set up for a variety of calibers, I mostly use them for a single caliber each: the RCBS for .50 AE; the 450B for .44 Mag; the Hornady for .45 Win Mag; and the 650 for .357/.45 GWM.
Must be nice to have that much room for 4 presses! I barely have room for the LNL... I have my turrent press on one of those portable stands and it sits in a closet when not in use...
Course I do have a 'work around'... I just load up 1000 or more at a time so I dont have to change calibers very often... Finished loading 1200 or so 357s last month to restock and now I'm starting on 9mm...
Oh the best advice Retired Navy is to keep a logbook and label all reload boxes so you dont have to try and remember what the heck you loaded last time..
Got another one over here...
I been doing the deed on and off for about 25 years. Just retired so I have a little bit more time on my hands. I originally got started in it to make shooting cheaper, I found that it is really a seperate hobby. It is also very addictive! Like everyone else, I have learned my share of lessons over the years - prepping cases, leaving brass in a tumbler too long, forgetting which powder is in the measure, weighing bullets before reloading, etc. One lesson I almost learned the hard way about 1985 has kept me away from "progressive" presses. I had a squib load (primer only) while I was shooting rapid fire. Ever since then, I only work in batches. I specifically line up the cases on the loading block and visually inspect them cases after I have thrown the powder. Scales are one thing, but you eyes can really tell if one case has less powder in that then others.... Just my ...