Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ChrisG, Apr 18, 2018.
That will kill just about every extracurricular activity known to man!
Let’s just say “extracurricular” uh activities have been few and far between the last two years. I’m lucky if I even get to see Mrs. Gizmo for a couple hours during a week.
WOW I thought I had it bad but I have not started compared to some you guys.
.223, 22-250, 257 Roberts, 25-06, 6.5x55, 7x57, 8x57, 30-06, 30-30
My list of calibers that I reload for:
45 Long Colt
7mm International R
300 Win Mag
.308 Norma Mag
32 Win Spec.
.338 Win Mag
I think there are a couple more odd-ball calibers for the Thompson Center Contender. I've never reloaded for a shotgun in my life. If I had more room I'd consider it.
After reading this thread I feel conflicted. On one hand I'm glad I don't have the addiction as bad as some. I'm also think I should be loading for more more cartridges. I currently load .243 Win, 7mm-08,6.5x47, .308 Win, 300WM, 7WSM and 6.5 Sherman. The Sherman is a wildcat and I have to fireform brass. The first batch of brass I did I used the cream of wheat method. A small amount of pistol powder with cream of wheat and no projectile. Apparently if you live in a neighborhood and crank 2 or 3 off in your backyard your neighbors become upset.
Anyone who buys or builds a rifle that REQUIRES you fireform your own brass has got the reloading bug pretty bad. I would say that even though you don't reload as many cartridges, the fact that your fireform your own stuff has earned you a seat at the table.
Welcome to the club. 223 Remington, 22/250 Ackley Improved, 25/06 Remington, 260 Remington, 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser, 270 Winchester, 7 Rem Mag, 8x57 Mauser, 9.3x62 Mauser, 375 H&H Magnum, 416 Rigby, 45/70 Government, 45/90 Sharps, 9x19 Parabellum, 45 ACP, 44 Remington Magnum.
22-250,,223,,6.5Swede,,6.5 Creedmoor,,6mm Rem Mag,,7-08,,7mm Rem Mag,,30-06,,308Win,,300Win,,338-06,,35Whelen,,7x57,,8mm Mauser,,375HH,,404Jeff,,44Rem Mag
9mm,, 38/357 45Acp 44Rem Mag.
No wonder I'm broke
So what’s the problem?
Added a set of .270 Winchester dies to the pile today...
I guess I'm reloading that caliber now too.. Even though I dont own a .270 Winchester yet (Im in the process of building one)
Now you guys are giving me something to aspire to! I already have a "problem" buying rifles (including 2 more today at auction), and have been giving more and more thought to reloading.
Everyone is different...but if I could not handload, I believe I would lose out on 80% of the fun of shooting/gun ownership.
I started handloading immediately upon buying my first centerfire rifle when I was 16. I have loaded for every rifle and handgun I've owned since.
I my name is Kurt , Chris is a lightweight .. I started reloading when I was 16 fast forward 44 years , I have 3 dillon progressive presses , 2 lee progressive presses, a 1977 CH press I will keep forever, a lee 4 hole turret press, a rock chucker, I have 600 pounds of dirt in buckets my buddy and I dug out of a collapsed firing range bank that we are getting lead to cast out of , we bought a cement mixer to wash the dirt off of the lead before melting, I have 2 pact powder measure dispensers and one scale and 4 other powder dump that are a mixture of Pacific, hornady , lee and rcbs. I have a 2 gallon ultrasonic cleaner and 40,000+ primers.
I really don't think Chris has a problem .. hmmm does that make me an enabler ???? I am building a new reloading bench and will post pictures at the end of the year when it is done. I was able to get a great deal on walnut butcher block it was wholesale from stock that wasn't claimed.
As long as we are making lists. Here is mine, copied from my excel file where I record data as a back-up to my 3-ring binders. Listed from most rounds loaded to least:
300 Win Mag
458 Win Mag
32 Win Spl
300 Wby Mag
And to take a queue from kdiver58 above, I have about 150,000 primers.
That's the thing about shortages. It doesn't matter what. during "the war" (1942-45) coffee and sugar were in short supply, so what do you suppose we had stockpiled for years. So when there's a shortage of 22 rimfire ammo, primers, powder and certain cartridges- yep- when it's readily available those that lived through it say "that's not going to happen to me again" so then the cycle resumes. One thing I have notices is that some of my favorite bullets get discontinued, so I have found it wise to buy a decent quantity even if the maker says there are no plans to stop production. Can you say Speer MagTips, Nosler Solid Base, and Winchester SilverTip?
Better pick up a few more boxes of primers!
45 GAP? Do you still got it? One of the only glock chamberings that I never have bought. Great idea just bad marketing.
HWL the folks in Hartford, Wisconsin thank you!
You know me. I change guns like I change underwear - once every year or two.
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