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SinCityGlocker
04-04-2011, 16:24
I know quite a few guys that reload, but I am by far the youngest. Here in GT reloading, I get the impression I am just about the youngest guy here. I am 26 and have been reloading since I was 24. I am sure there are guys that started much younger than me, but reloading does not seem (to me at least) to be currently attracting many people under 30. Am I wrong?

GioaJack
04-04-2011, 16:28
I was a very mature 13 year old when I started loading... it's been a few mango seasons since then. :whistling:


Jack

Myke_Hart
04-04-2011, 16:29
I'm only 21... :whistling: At least thats what I tell the young'ns I try to pick up!:supergrin:

With age comes... precision!

shootaglock89
04-04-2011, 16:30
im 21, and i will be reloading this summer as soon as i get the money together for a press. I like shooting too much to not reload.
I think the reason "older people" reload is that they want to save as much of their hard earned money as possible... Doesn't wisdom come with age, or something like that?:supergrin:

firefighter4215
04-04-2011, 16:32
I'm 27, and just started reloading after I got my LCT for Christmas.

vtbluegrass
04-04-2011, 16:38
I started at age 23, 5 years ago.

D. Manley
04-04-2011, 16:58
Good for the young guys! Reloading has benefits beyond the obvious and you will learn things that will serve you well as you evolve into one of us old guys. Things are actually so much better now in so many ways, I honestly don't know why there are not more entering the passion but I suspect it's the same reason there are fewer joining other outdoor avenues...hunting, shooting sports, fishing, etc. all seem to be slowly fading away. Heck, you would'nt even know that the olympics has archery and all the various shooting diciplines if all the coverage you get is on on TV...not politically correct, I suppose.

btmar
04-04-2011, 17:03
I started two years ago at 22. Mainly rifle stuff, but I'm starting to reload a little 9 and 10mm as well.

LASTRESORT20
04-04-2011, 17:06
Reloading is good for all...no matter age or gender.

shotgunred
04-04-2011, 17:06
Crap I don't even remember being 21.

Philippe
04-04-2011, 17:10
Im 29 and i started reloading with my father when i was 7-8, i got to tumble all the brass and knock out all the primers and all the other not so fun processes of reloading until i was trusted enough to start priming the brass and actually loading them with supervision. By time i hit 13-14, i needed no help and was loading away all on my own.

SinCityGlocker
04-04-2011, 17:18
Kind of a followup question for the under 30 reloading crowd. What kind of press are you running? I've got a Dillon 650. It's the only press i've ever owned, but I have run a 550, and a 1050.

sig357fan
04-04-2011, 17:54
....I like shooting too much to not reload.:

I can't think of any other reason to reload!

... Doesn't wisdom come with age, or something like that?:supergrin:

Experiance comes with age, as far a wisdom for me personally, it generally comes from ďexperiencesĒ I've learned not to do a second time!

fredj338
04-04-2011, 17:54
I started loading 357mag at 18, too young to buy ammo for my 1st handgun, but I could buy components. So 37yrs later, I load for something like 22 diff calibers now & another 6-8 I sold the guns for. It is a hobby that stays w/ you like few others.

michael e
04-04-2011, 17:59
Ive been reloading since was 18. Had to or not shoot as much. Was easy desison for me . I worked 4 10s back then. Friday morning was range time. Friday afternoon was reloading time .

NDLAWRENCE
04-04-2011, 18:09
I am 15 and started this year. So far so good!

G21H30
04-04-2011, 18:13
I started loading 357mag at 18, too young to buy ammo for my 1st handgun, but I could buy components. So 37yrs later, I load for something like 22 diff calibers now & another 6-8 I sold the guns for. It is a hobby that stays w/ you like few others.

I started at 23 with a Lyman Expert kit loading for .357 Mag and 33 years later it has grown into 10 different pistol calibers,12 different rifle calibers, 20ga. & 12ga, and this:

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i420/G21H30/ReloadingRoom001.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i420/G21H30/ReloadingRoom002.jpg


It has been a very rewarding hobby and allows me to shoot more often for less.By the way that is the Lyman press in the bottom picture still in use.

rhino673
04-04-2011, 18:21
I would help my father reload his 45-70 and 30-30 ammo. After I got married (almost 20 years ago) he bought me a Lyman Crusher 2 kit and I've been reloading ever since.

RustyFN
04-04-2011, 18:52
I started reloading five years ago at the age of 49. Thanks now I feel old. :rofl:

bush pilot
04-04-2011, 18:53
Crap I don't even remember being 21.

I've got powder and primers 10 years older than that.

bush pilot
04-04-2011, 18:56
I started reloading five years ago at the age of 49. Thanks now I feel old. :rofl:

It's pretty sobering when you realize you're one of the "old bastards" around here.

JRI
04-04-2011, 19:02
I started reloading when I was 9,under my father's watchful eye,I'm 50 now,I started my son into reloading when he was 8,he's 16 now,he reloads all his own ammo,shotshells included,under my watchful eyes of course.My wonderful wife also reloads her own ammo.

As Fred said,"it stays with you",it's a relaxing,educational hobby,as no two days at the reloading press are ever the same.

labdwakin
04-04-2011, 19:03
Yep... reloading kits make good wedding presents... they both get to shoot and it doesn't cost as much... I'm going to remember this... :D

rhino673
04-04-2011, 19:03
I've got powder and primers 10 years older than that.

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

Colorado4Wheel
04-04-2011, 19:46
Who you calling old?

GioaJack
04-04-2011, 19:50
Yep... reloading kits make good wedding presents... they both get to shoot and it doesn't cost as much... I'm going to remember this... :D


A divorce attorney on retainer makes a better wedding present... and it's rarely exchanged for a better toaster. :whistling:


Jack

RustyFN
04-04-2011, 20:03
It's pretty sobering when you realize you're one of the "old bastards" around here.

So would that make me a CROB? :rofl:

sig357fan
04-04-2011, 20:09
So would that make me a CROB? :rofl:

yes, we're CROB with a bad case of CRS.......

PCJim
04-04-2011, 20:11
I'm either 19 or 55, depending upon the day. She keeps telling me I'm only as old as I feel. :supergrin:

digbmx4130
04-04-2011, 20:19
I used to help my grandpa and my dad reload when I was 12. I am 28 and just recently got into reloading for myself.

cole
04-05-2011, 00:42
19, I think. Started and stopped a few times. I've always been... what's the word... thrifty.

Boxerglocker
04-05-2011, 01:33
I know quite a few guys that reload, but I am by far the youngest. Here in GT reloading, I get the impression I am just about the youngest guy here. I am 26 and have been reloading since I was 24. I am sure there are guys that started much younger than me, but reloading does not seem (to me at least) to be currently attracting many people under 30. Am I wrong?

Reloading attracts those that want to have better than factory ammo. Have it on hand much more economically. The fact of whether your 21 or 51 doesn't matter.

crsuribe
04-05-2011, 01:54
25 here and gonna start reloading tomorrow when my order from midway comes in.

themighty9mm
04-05-2011, 02:56
Been reloading for around a year give or take a bit. I'm 25, started at 24. Do it on a dillon 550. So far 9mm 38/357, and very soon 223. Working on all the prep work for the cases right now. Just gotta order componenets.

kshutt
04-05-2011, 04:18
I'm glad to see all of you young guys reloading. It's also great to have you involved in the reloading forum. You'll discover (by hanging around here with us) that reloading also attracts women. (Women just can't resist blue.) :supergrin:

dreis454
04-05-2011, 04:25
I'm 44 and just started collecting reloading equipment.
Single stage press,.45 dies,hand primer tool,recipe books etc.
Next is to find a deal on a powder measure,and then I'll start with components.

DoctaGlockta
04-05-2011, 06:14
I started when I was 42. That was about a year and a half ago. It was also about 6 months after I had fired my first firearm and got tired of seeing empty ammo shelves. I also thought it would be a good skill to learn and give me a better appreciation for the weapons I was using. I got a late start I guess.

garander
04-05-2011, 06:51
i started in 1980 at 21 year's old. a fella i worked with's brother was given a lengthy jail term, and he sold me all his reloading equipment for twentyfive bucks!

ryanm
04-05-2011, 11:09
28 here... using a Dillon SDB.
I remember helping my dad reload as a kid, but just got into it myself in the last year.

GioaJack
04-05-2011, 11:18
i started in 1980 at 21 year's old. a fella i worked with's brother was given a lengthy jail term, and he sold me all his reloading equipment for twentyfive bucks!


See that... crime does pay. :whistling:


Jack

unclebob
04-05-2011, 11:49
This is beginning to sound like an AA meeting. But anyway Iím 65 and started reloading 50 years ago.

ColoCG
04-05-2011, 11:59
I was 19 or 20 when I started reloading, can't remember exactly.:dunno:That was close to 45 years ago, and I've enjoyed every one. I now reload for 9 handgun, 8 rifle, and about 6 other rifle calibers over the years. Reloading is a Great Hobby no matter what your age is.

Zombie Steve
04-05-2011, 12:00
I guess anyone over 30 is old. :fred:

Well, I'm 38.92 years old and I've been loading for almost 4 years now. I wish I'd started younger.

shotgunred
04-05-2011, 14:08
I started reloading in my 20's. i just have more expensive stuff in my 40's.
Oh yea and Al Gore invented the internet so now days we can talk to each other.

bob_fuller
04-05-2011, 14:39
started when I was 16 cuz I couldn't buy ammo, so i mostly bought components

themighty9mm
04-05-2011, 14:41
A down side of being a younger reloader, is outside of forums not many peers reload. Makes it kinda hard to bounce thoughts and ideas or questions off your friends. On the sort of up side if/when they ever reload you kinda become the go to guy

PCJim
04-05-2011, 14:53
A down side of being a younger reloader, is outside of forums not many peers reload. Makes it kinda hard to bounce thoughts and ideas or questions off your friends. On the sort of up side if/when they ever reload you kinda become the go to guy

Mighty, when I began reloading for .243, 38 & 357Mag back in '83, there was no internet. I knew no one who reloaded, but knew there were some that did because the store wouldn't carry components if there wasn't demand. I'm self taught using Speer #8, 9 and 10 as well as a few free reloading guides that some manufacturers would make available in the local stores.

I've learned a lot thru the years (even having been away from reloading for close to fifteen years), and am glad to be able to share what I've learned. Enjoy your youth. When you get a bit older, you can enjoy sharing your experience with those that have less.

unclebob
04-05-2011, 15:16
Mighty, when I began reloading for .243, 38 & 357Mag back in '83, there was no internet. I knew no one who reloaded, but knew there were some that did because the store wouldn't carry components if there wasn't demand. I'm self taught using Speer #8, 9 and 10 as well as a few free reloading guides that some manufacturers would make available in the local stores.

I've learned a lot thru the years (even having been away from reloading for close to fifteen years), and am glad to be able to share what I've learned. Enjoy your youth. When you get a bit older, you can enjoy sharing your experience with those that have less.

Try about 1961. No store in my home town sold reloading anything. Had to go 80 miles for that or mail order from Herterís. At least that was about all I knew back then. Learned rifle and pistol from my Brother-in-law. But he lived about 35 miles away. So in the most part it was self-taught.

trcubed
04-05-2011, 15:21
<--born in 1961 :tongueout::supergrin:

...and started reloading in '82.

GioaJack
04-05-2011, 15:25
Mighty, when I began reloading for .243, 38 & 357Mag back in '83, there was no internet. I knew no one who reloaded, but knew there were some that did because the store wouldn't carry components if there wasn't demand. I'm self taught using Speer #8, 9 and 10 as well as a few free reloading guides that some manufacturers would make available in the local stores.

I've learned a lot thru the years (even having been away from reloading for close to fifteen years), and am glad to be able to share what I've learned. Enjoy your youth. When you get a bit older, you can enjoy sharing your experience with those that have less.

Try about 1961. No store in my home town sold reloading anything. Had to go 80 miles for that or mail order from Herterís. At least that was about all I knew back then. Learned rifle and pistol from my Brother-in-law. But he lived about 35 miles away. So in the most part it was self-taught.


Huh... two self-taught loaders and Obama is a self-taught politician... I'm beginning to see a pattern here. :whistling:


Jack

GREY-GHOST
04-05-2011, 15:27
I'm 23 and just got started this year with a Lee classic turret press.

ohspyro89
04-05-2011, 15:31
I bought my first firearm 2 years ago, it was a Remington 700 sps in .243. At 20 bucks a box of 20, I said screw it. I put 100 factory loads through it and then got a reloading set up. I ended up reloading something like 300 loads and going through them all rather quickly. It's so nice to be able to shoot your own ammunition.

The Lee Anniversary kit is excellent. I'm still using it now for 5.56 reloading. I'm debating whether or not reloading 9 mm would be worth it since it's only 10 bucks a box for brass cased stuff.

I've been reloading almost as much as I have been shooting. I'm only 21 now, but I have a feeling I'll be killing paper for a long time.

unclebob
04-05-2011, 15:34
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Huh... two self-taught loaders and Obama is a self-taught politician... I'm beginning to see a pattern here. :whistling:


Jack

At least most part I know what Iím doing. You know you could have gone all day without bring up that name.:crying:
Donít you fit in that category also of being self-taught?:dunno:
Donít you have some mind altering drugs you need to be taking?:tongueout:

GioaJack
04-05-2011, 15:47
Bob, Bob, Bob... while you and PCJim are self-taught I went through an evolution of enlightenment... very similar to how Einstein realized 2 plus 2 equals 4 while he was still an embryo.

A few of us chosen ones are privileged to live on a higher plane than mere mortals. :whistling:


Jack

unclebob
04-05-2011, 15:52
Bob, Bob, Bob... while you and PCJim are self-taught I went through an evolution of enlightenment... very similar to how Einstein realized 2 plus 2 equals 4 while he was still an embryo.

A few of us chosen ones are privileged to live on a higher plane than mere mortals. :whistling:


Jack

Living on a mountain does not count.:tongueout:

chemcmndr
04-05-2011, 21:05
Kind of a followup question for the under 30 reloading crowd. What kind of press are you running? I've got a Dillon 650. It's the only press i've ever owned, but I have run a 550, and a 1050.

I started reloading at 21 (about 2 years ago). It was a natural progression and made sense to save as much money as possible while being a broke college student. Although, the cost of startup probably cost more than the ammunition I would have bought otherwise. I stated with a Lee classic turret, but quickly moved to a dillon 550b for volume production.

kshutt
04-05-2011, 21:23
I'm 23 and just got started this year with a Lee classic turret press.

Good for you, GREY-GHOST! :wavey:

themighty9mm
04-06-2011, 01:38
Mighty, when I began reloading for .243, 38 & 357Mag back in '83, there was no internet. I knew no one who reloaded, but knew there were some that did because the store wouldn't carry components if there wasn't demand. I'm self taught using Speer #8, 9 and 10 as well as a few free reloading guides that some manufacturers would make available in the local stores.

I've learned a lot thru the years (even having been away from reloading for close to fifteen years), and am glad to be able to share what I've learned. Enjoy your youth. When you get a bit older, you can enjoy sharing your experience with those that have less.
Reading the books and learn from doing is where most of the info comes from. Just nice knowing a guy that does it to bounce thoughts off of if ya know what I mean. Something about dealing with things that blow up near your hand or face always makes me want that extra reassurance or whatever you wanna call it. Kinda one of those learn from doing or untill you have no fingers left sorta deals. On the bright side I have GT and a few other internet sources with people who have been there done that. If it wasnt for the internet I think I may never had begun.

RustyFN
04-06-2011, 14:41
Bob, Bob, Bob... while you and PCJim are self-taught I went through an evolution of enlightenment... very similar to how Einstein realized 2 plus 2 equals 4 while he was still an embryo.

A few of us chosen ones are privileged to live on a higher plane than mere mortals. :whistling:


Jack

Your not related to Charlie Sheen are you. You two are Warlock brothers. :rofl:

JayPap
04-06-2011, 16:02
I started at your age about twenty years ago.

capecodcowboy
04-06-2011, 16:09
started reloading shotgun shells @ 13 with my dad and never stopped, that was long long ago.

dwhite53
04-06-2011, 16:19
Apologies to the women among us.

It takes guts to reload. Lots of intestinal fortitude and hard work, reading, experimentation.

Old guys? Bah!

I started when I was 18 loading .30-06 with a whack-a-mole Lee Loader. That's been oh, something like, carry the two, invert and multiple, 32 years ago. I've stopped along the way at times due to life getting in the way but still end up going back.

All the Best,
D. White

BENCH
04-07-2011, 17:23
I'm 48, and have been reloading on a RCBS single stage for 23 years. I am in the market now for a progressive press. I enjoy loading, and the benefits I get on targets.

jolly roger
04-08-2011, 18:45
Been reloading for 30 years. Started at 22

Zombie Steve
04-09-2011, 00:55
I just don't know how you old cretins did it without the Lee factory crimp die.

:whistling:

GioaJack
04-09-2011, 09:41
I just don't know how you old cretins did it without the Lee factory crimp die.

:whistling:


We really have no idea of what we're doing and have relied on our little known about ability to regenerate fingers and various facial parts. :whistling:


Jack

Frank V
04-09-2011, 10:51
I'd like to welcome the younger guys to the reloading hobby. It's fun, interesting, cost saving, & makes you kind of independent of ammo prices, I think the greatest part is being able to tailor a load to a specific gun. We can also build ammo that's not available from the factory ammo makers, although this is getting smaller all the time.
I started reloading under the watchful eye of my Father when I was 15 & at 16 Dad turned all the reloading chores over to me & a year later to my Brother. This would have been 1957.
Be safe, follow the reloading manuals, & have a great time!:wavey:
Frank

Beware Owner
04-09-2011, 11:10
Ever heard the term, "young and dumb?" Maybe you're not one of those. :supergrin:

GreenMill
04-09-2011, 11:34
I started at 27, now I'm 45 and too old to do the math.:supergrin:

My son assembled his reloads last year for his 270 to shoot his first 2 antelope at age 13. He told me if I paid him he would size pistol brass for me. little sh*%!