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ricklaut
01-11-2012, 21:04
After lurking here & checking things out for - oh - almost 2 years now, I figured I might as well sign up just in case I've learned enough about something to contribute. I've learned a lot here - and get a kick out of the "regulars" who make this forum unique. Thanks!

Started with my .223 / .357 - moved quickly to .40 & .9mm... Then, I got bit by the precision rifle bug and worked out some awesome .308's. With all of that, I ended up saving so much money that I couldn't help but move on to .30-.30 & .45 Colt. Then recently, I found one of those obscure calibers that it only makes sense to reload for - .480 Ruger - and jumped (am jumping?) into casting. I've most recently smelted 100lbs of lead and have cast (in 3 sessions) for the .357, .45 and .480.

Anyway, I'll be around... probably still won't have a lot to say, but it IS a new year / new leaf.

XDRoX
01-11-2012, 21:10
Welcome.

cimpala
01-11-2012, 21:13
Welcome to GT!!

fredj338
01-11-2012, 21:27
Step up, strap in, it's always a wild ride around here.

labdwakin
01-11-2012, 21:32
These guys are a pretty good bunch... just keep in mind that Jack will steal your lead, Fred will take your brass, and Steve (C4W) will be measuring everything.

Hogpauls
01-11-2012, 23:06
:wavey:

robin303
01-11-2012, 23:12
Howdy from TX. Jack wants to know if you're a flatlander. :dunno:

Zombie Steve
01-12-2012, 01:36
Welcome. Never believe Jack.

Sounds like you're jumping an inch deep and a mile wide like I did. Don't be afraid of focusing on one cartridge for a while and then moving on.

sr975j
01-12-2012, 01:40
dont ever title a thread "what is the best...." and you'll be fine. im sure you have noticed that if you've been lurking for 2 years though lol.

oh yea, and dont tell anyone about your 42 inch bravia either.

Sam

Murphy's Law
01-12-2012, 07:05
You're just like me.....I just peeked in for almost 18 months before jumping in on this forum after learning tons of stuff. Now I load on a 550B for various rifle and pistols. I don't know to thank this forum or not after a lot of funds spent on this hobby, two closets full of reloading stuff, and a wife who just can't understand the enthusiasm for spending hours on end.

rpgman
01-12-2012, 08:03
This is my favorite forum on GT and I've learned a great deal about re-loading since last September, because of all the great people here.

I jumped in right away and asked a ton of questions and every question was answered and I thank everyone who has helped me.

Oh, and welcome to the board!
Greg

Bello
01-12-2012, 08:12
welcome to the forum

SigFTW
01-12-2012, 09:19
Welcome to the forum.
Rule number 1. Do not talk about Tight Group or brag about how well it works for you! :steamed:
Rule number 2. Laugh at Jacks joke (even if they are not funny) :shocked:
Rule number 3. Don't mix Viagra and reloading (see Jack’s video):whistling:
Rule number 4. Forget all the above rules and have fun!:rofl:

ricklaut
01-12-2012, 09:35
Howdy from TX. Jack wants to know if you're a flatlander. :dunno:

Funny you mention that... I'm not quite sure how he'd qualify me (but I'm guessing he'll chime in after this).

When I was born, we lived in Turkey Creek Canyon (probably 2 ridges over from Jack); then Idaho Springs... Moved to the highest hill next to the flat lands (North Table Mountain in Golden)... so I get where Jack is coming from. But - I've pretty much lived out in the AZ or NV desert ever since.

ricklaut
01-12-2012, 09:37
Sounds like you're jumping an inch deep and a mile wide like I did. Don't be afraid of focusing on one cartridge for a while and then moving on.

Good point. That's what I needed to do when I was working on .308 - spent almost all of my time there, and only loaded good, known loads for the other calibers during that period. It's also kind of where I'm at with casting - getting the process down, and then I'm focusing on making that .480 Ruger sing.

itstime
01-12-2012, 09:37
Welcome to GT. just remember that if you abuse it you will get yelled at like I did last night by my better half.

Zombie Steve
01-12-2012, 10:15
Welcome to GT. just remember that if you abuse it you will get yelled at like I did last night by my better half.

She knows that you won't really go blind, right?

GioaJack
01-12-2012, 10:54
Funny you mention that... I'm not quite sure how he'd qualify me (but I'm guessing he'll chime in after this).

When I was born, we lived in Turkey Creek Canyon (probably 2 ridges over from Jack); then Idaho Springs... Moved to the highest hill next to the flat lands (North Table Mountain in Golden)... so I get where Jack is coming from. But - I've pretty much lived out in the AZ or NV desert ever since.


See that, we've finally attracted someone who was at one time a non-flatlander... although for some inexplicable reason he went over to the dark side of the Devil's spawn and not only became a flatlander but chose Sin City as his place of domicile. Further proof that the apocalypse lies just across the horizon.

I know Turkey Creek Canyon well, drive through it every time I drive down and visit the land of wussies and tofu eaters. my most recent foray being 1:30 this morning as I returned to God's country after a night of two-stepping and allowing the ladies to gaze upon me and formulate their intimate fantasies.

Welcome to the forum Ricklaut... although technically a flatlander you're still head and shoulders above the rest of these slugs, you'll do well around here.

One piece of advice... don't blow yourself up. :wavey:


Jack

bush pilot
01-12-2012, 15:21
Jack was a lurker too for the longest time, then the judge granted a restraining order.

RustyFN
01-12-2012, 18:56
Welcome, if you want to get along here you have to like Lee progressives and FCD's. :whistling:

Zombie Steve
01-12-2012, 18:57
...and Titegroup. True story. :whistling:

RustyFN
01-12-2012, 18:58
...and Titegroup. True story. :whistling:

Thanks Zombie how could I forget TG.

ricklaut
01-12-2012, 19:06
Thanks, everyone for the gracious welcome (and warnings!).

Jack's advice - don't blow myself up - is well taken. In that respect, I'm glad I started reloading when I was "older" (well, seems like I'm still pretty young after watching the other thread... :whistling:) If I'd started younger, there'd be a much higher likelihood of doing something dumb.

I guess I still have plenty to learn - I've never run a Lee and so far haven't used Titegroup.

ricklaut
01-12-2012, 19:14
I know Turkey Creek Canyon well, drive through it every time I drive down and visit the land of wussies and tofu eaters...

...although technically a flatlander you're still head and shoulders above the rest of these slugs, you'll do well around here.

Jack

Somewhere along your drive is (was?) a one room cabin that we called home. Before running water, we had to walk down and up 52 steps to bring water in from the well in an old milk can. (Um - I guess the "we" part of that might be a bit misleading since I was unhelpful at <2 years old.)

At least I know where I stand now :). Flatlander. (maybe it's time to add a new category - "desert dweller"?).

Rick