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    just wondering, how many of our members reload their own ammo ..?.. how long have you been doing so ..?.. what calibers/gauges ..?
    Jim
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  • #2
    Been doing my own since the mid 60s.

    Handgun Calibers: 9mm, .38 Spcl, .357 Mag,, .41 Rem Mag, .45 ACP

    Rifle Calibers: .223 Rem, .243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, 7mm Rem Mag, .308 Win, .30-06, .338 Win Mag, .375 H&H Mag.

    Shotgun: 12 Ga. 2-3/4 and 3"
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    • #3
      very impressive indeed .... we've never reloaded shotgun shells
      Jim
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      • #4
        Dove and Quail hunting can get expensive. Reloading even with the best components will pay for itself. But only if you shoot "enough". And if you don't shoot that much, it's so rewarding to take a trophy with a round you put together for yourself. Every deer I've shot since 1968 (not really THAT many) has been with ammo I reloaded.

        Throughout the 70s & 80s I tried really hard to wear out a Smith & Wesson Model 19. By the time I sold it, it would rattle like a Daisy BB Gun if you shook it. But it still shot very well.
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        • #5
          Been doing my own since the early 60s. I load everything I shoot except 22 rimfire.

          Handgun Calibers: 9mm, .38 Spcl, .357 Mag,10mm,.44 Rem Mag, .45 ACP, .45 Long Colt, 44 cal wildcat

          Rifle Calibers: .223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, .22-6mm wildcat,.243 Win, 6mm-284 wildcat, 25-06 Win, .270 Win,
          7mm Rem Mag, .308 Win, .30-06, 35 Whelan, .458 Win Mag,

          Shotgun: 410 2-1/2 & 3", 20 Ga, 12 Ga. 2-3/4 and 3"

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          • #6
            I have been shooting reloads for years. Never have reloaded myself. I found an old fellow that loves to do it so I buy them from him. It gives him a hobby that pays a little. I Save my brass for him and he is very reasonable. I use .38, .223 & .30-30 reloads.
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            • #7
              wow, I'm in impressive company .... I started reloading back in the mid '60's .... at first I only reloaded practice ammo but within a few years, added hunting ammo as well .... I find the scope of the calibers mentioned by others to be remarkable .... early on while trying to decide on what hunting rifles and pistols I wanted to use, for rifles I settled on 30 caliber and 44 mag for handguns .... the reason for 30 caliber was back then and I believe it to still be the case, bullet manufactures offered the biggest selection of bullet style and weights .... the bottle neck cartridges I reloaded were 30-30's for my grandfather's early edition Model 94 Winchester .... after purchasing a Browning BLR 308 that was my only big game rifle until the early '80's .... when I joined a deer hunting club in Eastern NC that had Texas type elevated stands overlooking fields covering over a square mile, I added a Remington 700 BDL chambered for 300 WBY magnum .... after leaving that club I went back to the BLR and eventually added another Remington model 700, this time a stainless, synthetic stock chambered for 30-06 .... in good weather I continued hunting with the BLR and in bad weather .... along the way I decided 44 mag for a handgun, first a Blackhawk which just didn't suit me and then a Redhawk which I still have .... over a year ago I bought a Henry 44 Mag and a Henry 45-70 .... I reload for all of them plus our son's 357's, 9 mm, 45 ACP .... one of them has purchased a 223 that will soon be added to the list .... as noted, I've never reloaded shotgun shells
              Jim
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              • #8
                I've been loading since the 70's, I started with a hand Lee loader (thump, thump, tap,tap Thump) and a hand primer by pacific. I the intervening years my equipment has improved somewhat. 4 RCBS single stage presses, 5 MEC shotgun presses, a couple of PW 800B turrets.410 2 1/2 & 3" 20 Ga., 28 Ga. 12 Ga. 2 3/4 and 3". An RCBS master press (50 BMG) 2 Dillion's, 550 and 650, a couple old Lee turrets for load work up/ short runs. All my shotgun stuff came along due to a serious Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays addiction when I was young, and good at it

                The current caliber list starts at .218 Bee, .219 Donaldson wasp thru the Hornets, 22-250, 220 Swift, .222 rem Mag, .223/5.56 NATO, .22 TCM, .243, 6mm PPC, 6.5 X 55 Swede, 6mm-PPC, 25-06, 25-20,.257 Roberts, .35 Rem, .357 Herret, 300 Savage, .30 Carbine, 250-3000, 9mm, .32 ACP, .380, 38/357, 7 mm TCU, 7.62 X 25, 7.62 X 39, 7.62 X 51 Nato/.308 Win. .400 Corbon, .41 Mag, 44-40, 44 Spec and Mag. 45 ACP, .45 Long Colt, 454 Casull, 45-70, 45-90, 45-120, 50-90, .338 Win Mag, 300 Win mag..458 Lott, several Nitro Brit's/African and .50 BMG. (Not many holes in that line up, some are out of order 'cause I added them as I thought of them).

                I shoot a lot of .45 ACP, 9mm and 7.62 X 25 in 2 and 3 gun comp's as well as a bunch of 20 Ga. I'm getting too old to out " run "N gun" the kids, so I mostly shoot in "heavy metal" 3 gun and "F" class long range. Workin' my way back into Bunker trap, but them birds just keep gettin' faster.

                I'm still a working gunsmith, so I don't shoot nearly as much as I want to, on the good side, many of my dies and chamber reamers came from customers that I still custom load for.

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                • #9
                  Back in my younger days I did a fair amount of wild cat experimentation. I had full access to a tool and die shop and Thompson Center was making us silhouette shooters the perfect platform for trying stuff. In the end the best wild cats became production cartridges and none of them were mine. Later I got into bench rest rifle where 6mm PPC was king and all reloading was done on the bench at the match. This way you fired the whole course with the same 5 perfect cases. My favorite cartridge today is the ..................... um um thought I knew but I don't.
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                  • #10
                    in this link ==== http://www.acmebullet.com/bullets-re...product_id=446 ==== they note these 45-70 500 Grain RNFP - COATED bullets are hard cast bullets cast with 92-6-2 certified alloy (BHN 16) .... I know BHN = Brinell Hardness Number .... but, for example, I don't have a good understanding of just that a BHN of 16 really means .... is it a lead bullet that will mushroom quickly ? .... will it not mushroom and penetrate deeply ? .... comments from anyone who does understand this scale would be appreciated ....
                    Jim
                    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                    • #11
                      in continuing to read about barrel leading, I found this most interesting quote from the Missouri Bullet Company :

                      "A common conception is that when it comes to lead bullets, harder lead equals less leading. This is a false perception!"

                      their most interesting explanation can be read at this link === https://www.missouribullet.com/technical.php===
                      Jim
                      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                      '16 Camaro RS

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                      • #12
                        Started reloading with my dad back in the late 80's. Was away from it for many years due to his illness and passing in 2000. Lost almost all of the equipment in a fire.

                        I started to get the bug again about 6 months ago. Right now I am set up for .223. But 40S&W and 12 gauge will be along very soon.

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