How many are handloaders?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Charley, May 24, 2009.

  1. Charley

    Charley Active Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    San Antonio
    The post about "trusting reloads" started me to wondering, just how many here are handloaders? Doesn't seem to be a majority, based on the "I saw ammunition at Walmart" type threads.
    Just curious. Do you handload, how long, and what calibers?

  2. txsnowman2k2

    txsnowman2k2 Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    yes...15+yrs...most pistol + 223-7.62x39-308-303...tx
  3. TexMex247

    TexMex247 Well-Known TGT Supporter

    May 11, 2009
    Leander(NW Austin)
    'nuther handloader

    Hey there Charley, even though I'm kind of a young buck(31), I have been shooting since I was about 10 years old. This last year in late 08' I decided to start reloading for my 45LC. Now I keep over half a dozen different powders and a few K of primers and brass around to produce both "new" ammo as well as reloads. In a short 4 months, I have decided to reload for almost every caliber I own(9mm, 45acp,45LC,223,280,etc.) My current loads for the 45LC exceed the accuracy of almost every "factory" bullet I have put through my gun and at about 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of new ammo. Now is a terrible time to start reloading due to everything being overpriced or unavailable. In spite of all that, reloading is one of the most rewarding hobbies I have ever had. Start collecting your brass and by the time you have enough to reload there might be some components out there worth the money.
  4. baboon

    baboon Well-Known

    I started reloading 31 years ago.
  5. Bughole

    Bughole New Member

    May 5, 2009
    East Bernard
    20+ years, shotgun, rifle and pistol.
  6. boycan

    boycan Active Member

    Mar 6, 2009
    North Dallas
    Ima wanna be, saving my brass an when and if things slow down I will start buying some equipment.
  7. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2009
    Started shooting and hand loading back in 75 while still in high school.
    You do the math.LOL!!!
    Went from a signal stage for pistol ammo to a progressive in 82.
    Bought my second progressive in 91 ( i think) after wearing out my old Lee 1000.
    Replaced it with a Hornaday Pro-jector I found on sale for 225.00 complete with dies and shell plate. The gun store owner threw in for $60.00 more, two more diff caliber dies and shell plates.
    Still load rifle ammo on a signal stage. Would never consider loading rifle ammo on a progressive. To many variables that must be kept in check to produce high quality ammo for a rifle.
    I still check the ammo counter at the store so I can report to my non reloading friends.
  8. country_boy

    country_boy TGT Addict

    Feb 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    5 years

    38/357 mag., 7.62 x 25, 9mm, 45 acp, 32 long, 7.62 x 39, .223, 7.62 x 54r, 30-30.
  9. Hamour

    Hamour New Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Started in 1970, still load for all my weapons. Too many to list.
  10. Rifleman55

    Rifleman55 Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    I started loading my own in 64, and load a bunch of different calibers, I have dies that I dont own guns in those calibers, My newest is 9mm, I have powder,primers and bullets on order, I just set the SDB for 9mm.

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