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KiloBravo
08-11-2010, 17:41
Let's see who in this forum has been at it the longest. That is not the reason for the thread. I just thought it would be fun to see who has been at it for a couple hundred years, (Jack :supergrin:), and who is just starting out like myself.

I will start. I think I am about 3 months in or so.

ETA: I am talking about reloading here BTW, nothing else! LOL

GioaJack
08-11-2010, 17:52
ETA: I am talking about reloading here BTW, nothing else! LOL


The clarification is helpful... I didn't know if I was supposed to calculate the Viagra enhanced years or not. Wouldn't want to set some kind of record then be accused of not divulging the use of performance enhancing drugs. :dunno:


Jack

KiloBravo
08-11-2010, 17:54
The clarification is helpful... I didn't know if I was supposed to calculate the Viagra enhanced years or not. wouldn't want to set some kind of record then be accused of not divulging the use of performance enhancing drugs. :dunno:


Jack

I added the additional information specifically for YOU Mr. Jack. I had a feeling I knew what was coming as soon as you read my original post. :rofl:

IndyGunFreak
08-11-2010, 18:02
To make my point, I'll just quote my post from the link below.. :) (which ended up being a funny thread if you haven't read it.. I had to find it in the archive)

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1194889

It took me a while, but I was able to find a copy of Jack's first reloading log book. The scribe isn't recognizable, perhaps he can explain it...

http://www.rinr.fsu.edu/summer2002/images/tablet.jpg

CitizenOfDreams
08-11-2010, 22:14
http://www.rinr.fsu.edu/summer2002/images/tablet.jpg

I can only decipher the words "Hercules" and "Unique". :supergrin:

freakshow10mm
08-11-2010, 22:17
It's been around 5 years or so. Can't recall exactly. Been in business as a commercial reloader almost 4 years (this October).

PCJim
08-11-2010, 22:29
http://www.rinr.fsu.edu/summer2002/images/tablet.jpg

I can only decipher the words "Hercules" and "Unique". :supergrin:

The second line contains the words burnt wood, yellow something and dry urine. :whistling:

PCJim
08-11-2010, 22:31
To the OP, I first began reloading in 1982.

fredj338
08-11-2010, 23:31
Wow, maybe only Jack can understand my pain. I've been stuffing my own shells for about 35yrs now. Still have my first handgun, but it's been religated to safe queen for the most part. Also had a small commercial ammo business back when CAS first got started & no one made lead bulleted ammo for rounds like the 38-40, 44-40. HA! My first chronograph had paper screens!:fred:

ChrisJn
08-12-2010, 08:09
Started in 1967 back in London loading only .38Special for about ten years.
Started again a year ago, .380, .38Special, .40S&W.
I do NOT have the experience or expertise all these other old codgers on this forum have!

unclebob
08-12-2010, 08:10
I have only been reloading for 49 years. Still learning and forgot about half of what I use too know.
Jack what is this Viagra you keep talking about?:tongueout:

ron59
08-12-2010, 10:25
Just over a year for me... but 20,000+ already (all 9mm).

Will be moving to .45 and .40 probably in the next year or so.

D. Manley
08-12-2010, 10:45
I have only been reloading for 49 years. Still learning and forgot about half of what I use too know.
Jack what is this Viagra you keep talking about?:tongueout:

Thanks, UB...Best I recall, I'm at 'bout 43 years but I feel a lot better now. Been a long time since that first "whack-a-mole' round came out & went bang. I thought getting my first blue press (a Pacific Single Stage) was flying high on high tech back then. Things have changed a lot since those days. I still have my first Speer, Pacific & Hornady manuals...it's a hoot looking through them and even bigger one to read my notes.

coachg
08-12-2010, 10:55
18 months for me and loving every minute of it.

unclebob
08-12-2010, 11:28
Thanks, UB...Best I recall, I'm at 'bout 43 years but I feel a lot better now. Been a long time since that first "whack-a-mole' round came out & went bang. I thought getting my first blue press (a Pacific Single Stage) was flying high on high tech back then. Things have changed a lot since those days. I still have my first Speer, Pacific & Hornady manuals...it's a hoot looking through them and even bigger one to read my notes.

My first press was a Mec 300. Then I got a Herters O magnum press for rifle. You want too talk about a boat anchor. Good press but weighed a ton. Still have my Lyman Reloading Handbook 43rd. edition. Copyright 1964.
When I got into shotgun shooting me and my Dad went up to the White Elephant in Spokane Washington. Bought the press. 8 or 10 lbs of powder that came in a metal can. Fiber wads, primers and shot. No plastic in those days. Told them what Mec bar I wanted. And out the door. No scale too check the charge. Just started loading. I think the book came later when I started rifle loading. The good old days. I donít think that I ever did check too see what that Mec bar was throwing. Shot many of Quail, chucker, and a lot of trap with that load, what ever it was.
Didnít have 10,000 different powders too choose from or bullets either.

D. Manley
08-12-2010, 13:40
My first press was a Mec 300. Then I got a Herters O magnum press for rifle. You want too talk about a boat anchor. Good press but weighed a ton. Still have my Lyman Reloading Handbook 43rd. edition. Copyright 1964.
When I got into shotgun shooting me and my Dad went up to the White Elephant in Spokane Washington. Bought the press. 8 or 10 lbs of powder that came in a metal can. Fiber wads, primers and shot. No plastic in those days. Told them what Mec bar I wanted. And out the door. No scale too check the charge. Just started loading. I think the book came later when I started rifle loading. The good old days. I donít think that I ever did check too see what that Mec bar was throwing. Shot many of Quail, chucker, and a lot of trap with that load, what ever it was.
Didnít have 10,000 different powders too choose from or bullets either.

I don't know about the "good" old days, but they were different for sure. The nearest sporting goods store was 30 miles from me and only carried a modest selection of tools, components, etc. Back then, folks just didn't jump in the vehicle and dash off 30 miles without a thought like we do now. If that place did'nt have it, about the only source was Herters and catalog ordering was sort of a "pig in a poke" deal. I guess the best thing was, I had no idea of the other stuff that may have been available so, didn't miss it. My start was centerfire rifle followed by my .357 service revolver. It's a miracle I did'nt blow up the K-19...my policy back then was to fill 'em up til the primers cratered & back off just a tad. Maybe that's why I tend to favor the lighter stuff nowadays.

unclebob
08-12-2010, 13:57
I don't know about the "good" old days, but they were different for sure. The nearest sporting goods store was 30 miles from me and only carried a modest selection of tools, components, etc. Back then, folks just didn't jump in the vehicle and dash off 30 miles without a thought like we do now. If that place did'nt have it, about the only source was Herters and catalog ordering was sort of a "pig in a poke" deal. I guess the best thing was, I had no idea of the other stuff that may have been available so, didn't miss it. My start was centerfire rifle followed by my .357 service revolver. It's a miracle I did'nt blow up the K-19...my policy back then was to fill 'em up til the primers cratered & back off just a tad. Maybe that's why I tend to favor the lighter stuff nowadays.

That trip was one of maybe 4 times a year that we might go too Spokane.
72 miles away.
You are right just about everthing else from then on came from Herters.

fredj338
08-12-2010, 14:24
I don't know about the "good" old days, but they were different for sure. The nearest sporting goods store was 30 miles from me and only carried a modest selection of tools, components, etc. Back then, folks just didn't jump in the vehicle and dash off 30 miles without a thought like we do now. If that place did'nt have it, about the only source was Herters and catalog ordering was sort of a "pig in a poke" deal. I guess the best thing was, I had no idea of the other stuff that may have been available so, didn't miss it. My start was centerfire rifle followed by my .357 service revolver. It's a miracle I did'nt blow up the K-19...my policy back then was to fill 'em up til the primers cratered & back off just a tad. Maybe that's why I tend to favor the lighter stuff nowadays.
SOunds familiar. My first handgun was a M19, 6" blue. I still have it, but it's now a 4", hard chrome "Smolt". I am amazed it still shotos as wel as it does. I cut my teeth reloading on it & it has seen some ugly, pound em out of the cyl loads.
Used to buy reloading components @ the TrueValue in town. In many ways, it's sooo much better today w/ the internet & ability to order form all over the country as well as forums like this for brainstorming or just storming.:rofl:

El_Ron1
08-12-2010, 16:07
I don't know about the "good" old days, but they were different for sure.They sure were. Free shipping from Widener's and Midway. Midway even gave you things like muffs and screwdriver sets.

steve4102
08-12-2010, 16:19
I started loading Shotgun shells when I was 14, that was 39 years ago. I've only been loading rifle for about 7 years and pistol for about 2 years.

marvin
08-12-2010, 16:25
started reloading handguns at a friends in 1979. got my own gear in 83 or 84.

D. Manley
08-12-2010, 16:25
They sure were. Free shipping from Widener's and Midway. Midway even gave you things like muffs and screwdriver sets.

Would have been nice if either had been around back then. I think they both started later in the 70's but minus the "inter-web", nobody told us country boys.

montrose1911
08-12-2010, 16:28
I'll play

Powermwt
08-12-2010, 16:41
I have been reloading since 1974... 36 years ago now.

I had two Lee handloader dies, one for 30-06 and one for .357.

Making ammo with a hammer was fun for me but the neighbors did not like the racket.

My reloading went from that to multi station presses; a RCBS Ammomaster was my favorite along with a Lyman turret press.

Medical issues have slowed me down but I hope one day to start back up as I have rifles with no dies for the caliber I sure would like to work loads up for.

I never got into shot shell loading as a friend who passed about 5 years ago supplied me with all the 12 and 16ga I needed.

n2extrm
08-12-2010, 16:44
I guess I am just a newbie flatlander 6 or 7 years I believe. I really can't remember exactly. :dunno:

bush pilot
08-12-2010, 16:56
That trip was one of maybe 4 times a year that we might go too Spokane.
72 miles away.
You are right just about everthing else from then on came from Herters.

Florida is only 72 miles from Spokane? That would explain the gator in the back yard. Oh yeah, 36 years for me.

bush pilot
08-12-2010, 17:03
They sure were. Free shipping from Widener's and Midway. Midway even gave you things like muffs and screwdriver sets.

Hey Mullah, I see you put your GF's pic as your avatar. Plenty of jealous guys around here, you always could pick the lookers.

Boxerglocker
08-12-2010, 17:43
A little shy of 2 for me and very greatful to all the vets in here that helped me out in the beginning....

Colorado4Wheel
08-12-2010, 18:46
I have been pissing off Uncle Don and others for 3 of my 4 years. CHEERS everyone.

GioaJack
08-12-2010, 18:48
I have been pissing off Uncle Don and others for 3 of my 4 years. CHEERS everyone.


I've had hang fires that lasted longer than that. :whistling:


Jack

Colorado4Wheel
08-12-2010, 18:54
They make a blue pill for that.

Morgo
08-12-2010, 18:55
6 years for me, I load around 400-500 rds a week.

ken grant
08-12-2010, 19:24
56 years for me! Started at 16 and now 72.

GioaJack
08-12-2010, 20:35
56 years for me! Started at 16 and now 72.



WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!!!


Now ya gotta send us all a brick of primers.:whistling:


Jack

Hoser
08-12-2010, 21:03
I have been reloading since 1980 or so.

I was 11 when I started loading on my own once my pop figured out I was safe. I did everything but throw powder. He did that then I took back over. I think somewhere around 11 or 12, I was on my own.

Now that he is 73, the roles are pretty much reversed. Only difference is I do all his reloading and gun cleaning.

kshutt
08-13-2010, 04:30
Just over a year for me... but 20,000+ already (all 9mm).

Will be moving to .45 and .40 probably in the next year or so.

Ummm.... 20,000? I'm calling the ATF! What up Ron?! :supergrin:

Okay, okay, I started reloading .357 mags in 1983 on the RCBS Rock Chucker! There have been gaps in the years since, because I work more than I play! :crying:

shotgunred
08-13-2010, 04:41
Lets see. A few years in the 80's. I took the nineties off and picked it back up three years ago.

fredj338
08-13-2010, 13:42
WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!!!


Now ya gotta send us all a brick of primers.:whistling:


Jack
Seriously, at least all the guys 50 & over!:rofl:

ChrisJn
08-13-2010, 16:38
Seriously, at least all the guys 50 & over!:rofl:

That's being greedy. 60 and over!

GioaJack
08-13-2010, 16:45
That's being greedy. 60 and over!



PUBLIC NOTICE!


The free brick of primers being sent by Ken Grant to everyone over 50 does not apply to anyone who was born in a country that engaged in a war against the United States during the 1700's.

We apologize if this causes anyone inconvenience or concern.


Jack

n2extrm
08-13-2010, 17:08
WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!!!



Now ya gotta send us all a brick of primers.:whistling:


Jack

What are you gonna do with primers? Shouldn't you be asking for a flint and some leather?:whistling:

ken grant
08-13-2010, 17:33
Will give anyone who wants to pick them up FTF all the used primers I have.

Will also toss in clips from melted wheelweights.

GOA Guy
08-13-2010, 17:42
Only 20 years for me...I got started late.:supergrin:

ColCol
08-13-2010, 17:50
if memory serves me well, I think it was the latter part of 1969 when I got my first Pacific "C" frame press, powder measure and scale along with a Pacific case trimmer and a Hornady manual.

First caliber I reloaded for was the old 30-06 followed by the 308 Norma Magnum, 30-30 and 270 Winchester. It was probably around 1972 before I first started reloading for pistols(M28 Highway Patrolman) and then onto the 45 Colt and 45ACP primarily.

Having gotten away from reloading due to out of town work and other obligations, I hadn't reloading in about 12-14 years until recently and was amazed at the changes in bullets, powder and presses. My old Hornady manual(circa 1967) didn't even have loads for pistols back then. I got the Speer #8 that I used for a long time before the #9. Some of the powders then are probably defunct now, like Herco, 450-LS, Top Mark and Grey-B. Things have really changed.

ChrisJn
08-13-2010, 19:53
PUBLIC NOTICE!


The free brick of primers being sent by Ken Grant to everyone over 50 does not apply to anyone who was born in a country that engaged in a war against the United States during the 1700's.

We apologize if this causes anyone inconvenience or concern.


Jack

Nice one, Jack. I promise I have been a good prisoner for the last 19 years and always buried my head in the sand every 4th July and not flown the U/Jack in defiance.

FLSlim
08-13-2010, 20:44
Man we do have some OLD, OLD timers here (can anybody say Methuselah)! I started in '78 loading with a Lee hand press and mallet (similar to stories of walking 20 miles through the snow to get to a one-room school house) for a Ruger Security Six and a couple of years later for a Ruger Redhawk (both now sadly departed). I had about 10 years of layoff from shooting and reloading starting around '94 -- giving me about 20+ years of entertainment and still so much to learn and nowhere near enough time!

ColCol
08-14-2010, 13:45
Man we do have some OLD, OLD timers here (can anybody say Methuselah)! I started in '78 loading with a Lee hand press and mallet (similar to stories of walking 20 miles through the snow to get to a one-room school house) for a Ruger Security Six and a couple of years later for a Ruger Redhawk (both now sadly departed). I had about 10 years of layoff from shooting and reloading starting around '94 -- giving me about 20+ years of entertainment and still so much to learn and nowhere near enough time!

Hang in there, sonny you'll eventually get there. Just enjoy the ride.:fred:

jason.223
08-14-2010, 21:39
started at 14 years old..now I am 36...22 years..man I am getting old!!!

Jason

VN350X10
08-14-2010, 21:55
I started in '73, due to the voracious appitite my 1st SuperBlackHawk had for green tinted pictures of dead presidents ! $15.00/50 is kinda steep when you're only making $2.50/hr ! Also started with one of the Lee hammer kits, that got old REAL fast.
Currently am running 5 presses on the bench, with a couple more in reserve.
The building that I have dedicated to reloading is 12' X 16', better insulation than my house with piped in compressed air from the main garage, 2 seperate circuits (20A) & enough light to perform open heart surgery. The bench for the presses is built into the back wall.
Can you say "SNOWBALL"
I've been accused of shooting merely to have empty brass to reload !

uncle albert

bamacisa
08-15-2010, 19:59
I started reloading in 1975.....I still have and use the Rock Chucker press to reload today,

VN350X10
08-15-2010, 21:10
Ain't NOTHING wrong with a 'Chucker. I still have mine that I bought real early '74. Bought it because I couldn't afford a Bonanza Co-Ax at the time. Now, the 'Chucker & the Co-Ax get used for swaging & serious case forming & other "special" work.
This hobby is more addictive than ______________ ! (Name it)
current press addiction:
Lee 1000, Dillon SDB, Dillon XL650 w/feeder, Dillon 1050 w/ feeder, Dillon "525", 'Chucker, Co-Ax, Lyman Spar-T & an old home-made turret that's just fine for 9mm & smaller.

About the Dillon "525". It's a 450 model, with all of the updates of a 550 EXCEPT the interchangable tool heads. The older, solid head design seems to be a bit better for alignment & I load most of my varmint ammo on this press, along with my other long range ammo.

uncle albert

ColCol
08-16-2010, 20:21
Talk about old...right about the time I started reloading pistols you could get a then new on the market Ruger Blackhawk in 45 Colt with the ACP extra cylinder for around $75!! but, primers were also a penny a piece, too.

KiloBravo
08-16-2010, 20:30
As I suspected, there sure are a lot of vets on here of the reloading world. I guess that is why I learn so much from all of you guys. Somebody has to keep us rookies straight. :supergrin:

bdhawk
08-17-2010, 18:22
i started reloading in '72 with one of those lee sets that you have to use a plastic mallet to drive the brass into the die, etc. that lasted 'bout 100 rounds, then i went to a lyman C style press. i wore that press out. i frequently loaded with a couple of friends, sorta assembly line style. we loaded loads of ammo. i started with .357 mag.

i started casting 'bout the same time.

i now have a couple of dillons, a rcbs single stage and bunches of castin' stuff.

i now load......9MM, .38 spl., .357 mag., .40 S&W, .44 mag., .45 ACP, .357 sig., and .223/5.56 NATO.

GLShooter
08-17-2010, 18:39
I started in 1975 with an RCBS JR loading for 38 Special and 45 ACP. Had a Balckhawk and a new Series 70 Colt to feed. NOW its way over fifty guns and seven or eight metallic presses.

Greg

TheGrimReaper
08-17-2010, 19:03
I began in 2005 after I got out of the military. I wish had started years earlier!!!!

Peter M. Eick
08-22-2010, 16:49
I had to post to it to figure out how long I have been coming year. At least 10 years I think.

I have been reloading since the 70's.

fredj338
08-22-2010, 18:09
I started in 1975 with an RCBS JR loading for 38 Special and 45 ACP. Had a Balckhawk and a new Series 70 Colt to feed. NOW its way over fifty guns and seven or eight metallic presses.

Greg
Funny how that happens. My wife thinks it's just me but I tell her it's some kind of sickenss that guys get from relaoding & shooting.:dunno:

Sonnytoo
08-25-2010, 07:18
Looks like I got second place.
Sonnytoo