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  • phatcyclist

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    Feb 22, 2008
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    Welcome all, this is the reloading forum. With ammunition prices on the rise, a great deal of people have made a resurgence in the art that is reloading. I personally have been reloading for over a year now for the rifles I have. I currently reload .308 Winchester, 7.62x54R and 7.5x55 Swiss. I will give all the knowledge I have gained in this art in here. I hope that others who reload will share their experiences, and we can make a great knowledge-base of information for all members.


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    Only thing I don't reload for is .22 RF and only because I ain't figgered out how to re-prime it. Lol.

    Perhaps you could take strike-anywhere match tips, dissolve in water and paint inside the cleaned rim. Never tried it, but, seems plausible........


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    Perhaps you could take strike-anywhere match tips, dissolve in water and paint inside the cleaned rim. Never tried it, but, seems plausible........

    I would tend to think that wouldn't work. Most primers are compression ignition and a match is lit by friction based heat.

    You could impact some sort of salt soaked in nitroglycerin? Similar to an old blasting cap for dynamite.


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    Mar 4, 2008
    Thought I had already posted in this forum. Must be losing it. Anyway, this is one of my favorite forum topics. Reloading is as much a hobby for me as shooting. I started reloading in 1963 with a Lyman Tong Tool for pistol and upgraded to bench loading presses in 1964 for pistols, rifles, and shotgun. As Phat posted, I reload everything shot in my guns except .22 LR. Even cast my own pistol bullets when I can get old wheel weights. Sources have dried up in last couple of years and for the first time in my life, I had to actually buy bullets for reloading pistols. UGH!!! I now use two Hornady LNL progressive presses, a BAIR H style press, Jones arbor press for bench rest style loading, and Hornady 366 auto progressive press (shotgun). Have also used equipment from CH, RCBS, Lyman, and Redding.

    Good shooting and be safe.


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    Mar 6, 2008
    I have 40+ years in reloading and still find it "calming"/relaxing and I prefer my reloads over commercial ammo because it is adjusted to each firearm, more accurate, most of my range time is with reduced loads which in my opinion will lengthen the life of the firearm while giving better accuracy.

    If you have patience not easily distracted by tv, kids, spouse I suggest reloading as a cost saving but more as a hobby it is amazing what you can learn about your firearms with reloading.

    Peter M. Eick

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    Mar 9, 2008
    I agree. Reloading is calming, relaxing and not the stress of work. It is a science project and a lot of fun. I enjoy it probably far more then I should!
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