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Old 01-14-2018, 01:35 AM   #1
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Ammo Reloading

Anyone into reloading their own ammo? I recently got into this hobby myself and was curious if anyone else on the forum was into it.

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I recently inherited some reloading equipment when my father in law passed away back in October. Unfortunately he never got the chance to take the items out of their boxes. I have always loved to shoot and considered reloading my own ammo but never took the leap.
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Been loading for awhile. What make and model of gear and what caliber(s) will you be loading?
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Anyone into reloading their own ammo? I recently got into this hobby myself and was curious if anyone else on the forum was into it.

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I have a full bench of RCBS equipment and have reloaded a little bit so far. Once my stock of purchased ammo begins to get low, I will take the time over one winter and reload a bunch...
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No but given the amount I use I probably should.

I need another hobby like I need a hole in my head. My bride was on my case the other night about a few of my "accumulations". I have bicycles, sewing machines, lawnmowers/garden tractors, camping equipment (stoves and lanterns) and other minor collections.

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Been loading for awhile. What make and model of gear and what caliber(s) will you be loading?
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Took the time to go through everything over the holidays. The kit is the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Single Stage Press Kit. I have dies for .223, 45ACP, 380ACP, 9MM Luger, and 38 special/357. I have added several items like a Lyman case prep kit and a RCBS case trimmer.
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I have been reloading for 50 years. Geez that makes me sound ancient. When I was a teen ager I would reload shotgun shells for my father and myself for hunting and trap shooting. I now use a Dillon RL550 among others (like Lee) and am partial to Forester dies for rifle ammunition. I also cast my own lead bullets occasionally. I have always enjoyed reloading my own ammo plus I can reload any type of cartridge I want for any purpose be it hog hunting or match accuracy.

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I enjoy shooting so this hobby just adds to the enjoyment.
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the ranges around here do not allow reloads!
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I reload with a hornady lock n load auto (progressive) press: .32 Long, .327 magnum, .380, 9mm, .38 .357, .45 acp, and .45 long colt. That's the pistol/revolver calibers I have dies for. For rifle: .223, 22-250, .270, 7mm-08 and .308. I started using my cousins single stage press reloading 30-30 ammo for hunting deer back in the late 60s. In the early 70s I got a Lee hand held loader for the 22-250. I reloaded enough to burn the barrel out on that rifle. It kind of grew from there.
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the ranges around here do not allow reloads!
What is the reasoning behind not allowing reloads?
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What is the reasoning behind not allowing reloads?
They just don't allow them, I guess for they think, safety factor. They even examine your ammo before you can go in to shoot. Reminds me of the story about the toilet paper.
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They just don't allow them, I guess for they think, safety factor. They even examine your ammo before you can go in to shoot. Reminds me of the story about the toilet paper.
Safety always seem to be the easy answer. I shoot at Rio Salado Sportsman's Club with hundred of other shooters and the vast majority load their own ammo with no issues. This is a very simple way to increase sales/profit if they sell you the ammo. Are there any outdoor ranges near you? They are usually less restrictive. I would suggest that you save the factory ammo and start loading sooner rather than later. With a single stage press it is going to take a bit of time to load enough ammo for one session. BTW, I use the Hornady Lock N Load progressive for all pistol calibers and am very happy with it.

Be sure to get a couple of current reloading handbooks and read, understand and follow the guidelines. While it is relatively difficult to over charge a pistol cartridge, it is very easy to get rifle calibers too hot.
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I reload for every gun and caliber I have. Still use single stage press. Great way to set everything else aside and focus on one operation at a time. Also have casting equipment for the essential calibers.
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I reload for every gun and caliber I have. Still use single stage press. Great way to set everything else aside and focus on one operation at a time. Also have casting equipment for the essential calibers.
Even progressive presses can be used as a single stage press. I do that as I am getting all of the settings dialed in. I shoot steel so there is no way I could load enough ammo for a weekly match with a single stage press. To each their own.
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I have a Dillon 650 that I reload 5 or 6 different calibers on. .357 is the bulk of my shooting with 9mm coming in a close 2nd. Get in a groove, and you can make hundreds of bullets without realizing it.
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