Those who Reload ammunition

Jim Taylor
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 18:31 (7 days ago)

Whatever it may be for, when did you begin reloading? Gary mentioned down below that he has been reloading for nearly 50 years. That got me to wondering how many years of reloading knowledge we have on the Forum.

My Dad started me reloading sometime between 1955 and 1957. Using 1956 as a starting date I have been reloading for about 64 years. Still have all my fingers, eyes, eyebrows and part of my hearing.

RELOADING

HOOFNIT
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 18:51 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

I've been reloading on my own for 40+ years, and helped dad for some years before that...no hiccups just lots an lots of shootin'

Reloading

Robt
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 20:22 (7 days ago) @ HOOFNIT

I started in about 1962 reloading for a 7 mm Rem Magnum with a Lee reloading press. I still have the rifle and reloading press although I use RCBS and Dillon reloading presses now. I enjoy the research for and the process of reloading. I enjoy casting bullets, but really hate lubricating and sizing!

1977. Lee Loader 45 acp

Brian T
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 04:26 (7 days ago) @ Robt

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1975

Alcorn
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 04:43 (7 days ago) @ Brian T

Started on a Rock Chucker Jr. Still load on that press.

1977

Tim Pence
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 03:46 (7 days ago) @ HOOFNIT

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I started when I was 17. Bought a Ruger .44

WB
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 19:10 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

Super Blackhawk. It cost $7.50 for (20) rounds! Making $80 a week at the Grocery store with a truck payment, insurance, gas ($0.55 a gallon) and girlfriend needing some Light entertainment it stretched me tight. (She’s my wife now) I could buy (100) JHP projectiles for $7.50. Primers were around $1.25/100. A pound of Unique was less than $10. My Lee loader was $7.50 also. I was in business! Later when I had troubles finding the more preferred cast bullets in .44 I bought some Lee equipment and began casting. I was 19 by then. It taught me the only limits were my imagination and physics.

I’m almost 58 now, so 41 yrs. loading and 39 casting.

For the math challenged, 1979.

WB
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 20:04 (7 days ago) @ WB

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I started in 1983

Bob Denning
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 04:15 (7 days ago) @ WB

I also started with a 44 SBH. Veral made me a 320 gr wfn mold that was made to fit my gun from a lead slug I sent him. Immediately started loading it really hot with triplex loads talked about in the gun magazines at the time. I was using old components from an estate sale I bought including primers in little wooden boxes. Started to develop nerve damage in my right hand. Thought the gun was the problem so I sold it. Never bought another SBH until I ran into Gary. Now I have a safe full. And the nerve damage is gone
I’m 56

Christmas 1969

steve todd
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 19:22 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

In June of 1969 my dad gave me a Winchester 94 in 30-30. Christmas that year, Santa brought me everything i needed for reloading. My dad made the table the week before Christmas. All RCBS tooling, except the Forster case trimmer. Sierra bullets, and Ball C2 (Bl C2) powder. Sierra bullets are my favorite jacketed bullets still, RCBS not so much anymore.
Pretty long winded, sorry

I started in 1970

Grover Sr
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 19:26 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

Was a Spec 5 in the Army stationed in Germany. The pay was paltry so it was definitely a money saver so I could afford to shoot. Several of us chipped in together to buy a RCBS Rock Chucker press kit and dies. We reloaded 30-06, 357 and 44 mag mostly. Powder was was pretty limited to 2400, green dot, 231 and 760 through the exchange if I remember correctly.

I Started in 1970 for Shotgun

Ron Orbeck
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 19:49 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

I was mentored by a friend in 1970 loading 12 ga. A well experienced reloader supplied all the ammo for the local law enforcement. I started loading metallic rifle 1985. I was fortunate to have been able to do an impromtu speech on relaoding shotshell in my 10 th grade speech class.

I think it was 1983 or 84.

Drdougrx
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 19:53 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1985

Amede
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 20:07 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Around 1989

GeraldA
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 20:15 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Started in 1978

MTM
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 20:55 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1956

JT
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 21:03 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1975

Larryh
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 21:22 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Around 1984

Jeff Spencer
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 21:24 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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August 1979

Huey
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 02:21 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1978

Tom S
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 03:09 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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40 years, started with a MEC for 410 shotshells.

JPL
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 03:46 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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2010

ChrisG
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 03:56 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Early 1960's

Frank B
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 04:55 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1981

Erik Stenberg
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 05:09 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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sometime around 1977-78

carl hackney
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 06:31 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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i bought a 41 mag and loved it but

carl hackney
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 06:37 (6 days ago) @ carl hackney

ammo was very hard to find so i started to reload and cast

1976 - 45 ACP, 44mag, 30-06, 243

RonE
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 07:13 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Summer of 1979, 44 mag & 30-06

Darryl T.
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 07:48 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Also add a rock chucker and lee turret, still use both.

Darryl T.
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 07:50 (6 days ago) @ Darryl T.

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1967

bigboar
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 07:52 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1975 with a Lee loader in 45 LC. I was 14

Blake
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 09:29 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Since 2005, 15 yrs

Brent Clark
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 11:57 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Rock Chucker

David R
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:09 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

I worked most of a summer to save for a RCBS Rock Chucker kit, dies for a .357 and 30-30 and a rock tumbler to clean the brass. It was between 1973 and 1974, I was 16. Back then I had the guns but shooting was very expensive. I still have all of the original equipment along with a Dillon press. Having loaded thousands of rounds I have never had one regret. Still loading and still shooting after all these decades.

Started somewhere in 1971, so close to

Rsim
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 13:03 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

50 yrs. Still putting it out one at a time with my old Rockchucker...

1993. Started with .357 on a RCBS Rock Chucker kit.

DinCA
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 14:01 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1968

Clint H
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 14:52 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

Started in 1968 with a lee loader in 284 Winchester had a lever action model 99 Savage it was definitely a challenge. Soon after I started using my brothers RCBS Junior press.

OVER 900 YEARS COMBINED EXPERIENCE TO HERE.

Jim Taylor
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 16:14 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Nov.1985

SRB
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Thursday, September 17, 2020, 19:14 (6 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1966

ORG
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Friday, September 18, 2020, 11:03 (5 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1975

Stan George
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Friday, September 18, 2020, 11:09 (5 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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1971. 45acp, 44mag, 357 Mag and 38sp

BlackPete
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Friday, September 18, 2020, 12:24 (5 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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years of reloading

D. Huey
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Friday, September 18, 2020, 22:00 (5 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

About 30 years

1985

Ray
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Saturday, September 19, 2020, 17:12 (4 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

I bought my first hiking/camping gun, a S&W 629-1 with 8 3/8" barrel. Even though the store owner took $40 off the price of the $440 revolver, I still didn't have enough to just buy some boxes of ammo. Instead I bought a 44 Magnum Lee Loader, a box of empty brass, a pound of H-110, a box of 240 gr JSP Speer bullets and a box of large pistol primers. I reloaded those first cases several times each, tapping them in with a claw hammer. I didn't have a car so I waited until later at night when the traffic was less and pedaled out to the borough rifle range to shoot it. My holster for it was a Bianchi shoulder holster.

1976

Lynn
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Sunday, September 20, 2020, 19:06 (3 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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