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Old July 11, 2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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How long did it take you?

Just curious. How long did it take everyone to start reloading after they started shooting?

I went through that period of excuses, too, for a few years. How many times does someone tell you not to buy a gun and the only reason is ammo expense? Well, I used to be that guy...

For me, it's was about 10 years.
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Old July 11, 2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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33 years.

I would save money for reloading equipment till I had enough money for a new gun.

I sure wish that I hadn't been so stupid. With the money saved by reloading, one can easily save for the next gun.
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Old July 11, 2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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One Month. 2 of my rifles have never nor will ever see a store round. It was a have to do thing if your going to shoot. That excuse worked very well with the wife. I just explained the savings to her and that was all it took. Don't count time shooting 22.
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Old July 11, 2012, 08:02 PM   #4
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18 years. Started shooting when I was 7 years old.

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Old July 11, 2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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8 years. Once ammo got insanely expensive, I started looking into a cheap reloading setup. Still use my Hand Press three years later.
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Old July 11, 2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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Maybe 25 years from when I started shooting. Less than a year from when I started shooting a lot.
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Old July 11, 2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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The first 6 rounds

The first six rounds I fired through my Dan Wesson Model 15 (my first gun) 3 were my reloads and 3 were those which my instructor loaded while showing me the ropes. The next 50 were factory.

When I bought my gun, I knew I would be reloading for it. When I bought my press, the guy who sold it to me showed me (with narration and question time) how to load 3 rounds. Then I loaded the next three (with me narrating and answering his questions). Took about an hour, maybe 45 minutes or maybe longer.

After that, the only factory ammunition I bought (aside from 22 rimfire) were to replenish or increase my supply of brass.

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Old July 11, 2012, 10:06 PM   #8
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28 years? Depends on when you start counting. I've been shooting longer than my oldest memories. I'm 37 (today ), so I've been shooting at least 32 years. Been reloading 2-ish. So... Somewhere between 28 and 32 years.
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Old July 11, 2012, 11:13 PM   #9
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I started shooting at about age 5.

In my early twenties I bought a turret press. It was painfully slow to load 50 rounds of 9mm.

I eventually discovered Dillon made a progressive reloader, bought the 550 model and stuff to load several calibers; then I could load 500 rounds in less time than it had taken me to load 50 before.
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Old July 11, 2012, 11:22 PM   #10
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got my 1911 and my hornady lnl the same week never bought any ammo
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Old July 11, 2012, 11:27 PM   #11
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How much did it hurt?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mello2u
I started shooting at about age 5.

In my early twenties I bought a turret press. It was painfully slow to load 50 rounds of 9mm.

I eventually discovered Dillon made a progressive reloader, bought the 550 model and stuff to load several calibers; then I could load 500 rounds in less time than it had taken me to load 50 before.
My first press was a single stage. I could load 50 rounds an hour, easily, weighing each charge. I must have a much higher tolerance for pain than you.

Eventually I moved to Lee Pro-1000 presses which I found too painful for other reasons.

I guess we have different tolerances for different characteristics. That is what makes for a great economy. Choices, and diversity.

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Old July 11, 2012, 11:31 PM   #12
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Couple years

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I don't recall exactly, but it was a couple years in to my hunting when I bought a 44 mag for the now defunct handgun season for white tail in IL. A good hunting round was 80 cents. I bought the most simple reloading stuff from Lee. It didn't ever require a press. Started doing the 44. Now have a single stage press, primer tool, case tumbler etc and I load 45 colt, 44 mag, 9 mm, and 223. Pretty much enjoy it and means I can afford to shoot a lot more.
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Old July 12, 2012, 01:33 AM   #13
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Hello, testuser..I started out shooting .22 rimfires..then Granfather gave me an old hammer 12 ga. with a Lee-loader, couple bags of shot, cardboard & felt wads & 1/2 can of Red Dot...showed me how everything worked in an afternoon..I was out shooting re-loads next morning..so I guess for me..it was the same time!
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Old July 12, 2012, 06:03 AM   #14
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my father put a gun in my hand when I was 4 years old,(Ruger Bearcat)and I started handloading at the age of 27 so,,,,,,,,,,,23 years.
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Old July 12, 2012, 11:11 AM   #15
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Can't remember, other when I got my .357 Blackhawk as a teen around1 1980 or so, it wasn't much later that I started reloading too. Can't remember the last time I bought any factory ammo other than .22.
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Old July 12, 2012, 11:16 AM   #16
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I've been a "couple boxes a year" shooter since I was about 12, but it wasn't until I was 38 or so that I started shooting a lot. That, coupled with the 2008/2009 ammo shortage around the same time, is what got me started reloading.
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Old July 12, 2012, 11:43 AM   #17
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45 years.

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Old July 12, 2012, 11:57 AM   #18
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6 months total, but only 2 months after after getting my 357. Shot only cheap 9mm and 22 before that.
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Old July 12, 2012, 12:35 PM   #19
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1 box of .357 magnum. 1966. Purchased a Lee Loader to reload that box and haven't purchased much in the way of manufactured ammo since.
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Old July 12, 2012, 01:29 PM   #20
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Bought my first pistol a bit over a year ago, just started getting into reloading within the last few weeks.
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Old July 12, 2012, 02:05 PM   #21
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I started shooting at age 10. Bought my first shotgun at age 12. I paid money across the counter for it. I didn't start reloading until 1976 when I began shooting competition skeet during my first Army tour. I've been reloading something ever since. I don't load shotshells any more, but I haven't bought much factory centerfire ammo in the last twenty years. Many of my rifles have never shot factory ammo.
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Old July 12, 2012, 03:28 PM   #22
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How Long? As soon as I got my first center fire rifle. Lets see, IIRC that was somewhere back in the later 50's or early 60's.
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Old July 12, 2012, 04:28 PM   #23
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I had been wanting to reload as long as I can remember, 30-40 years, but for one reason or another put it off. I think it's more that the kids are older, I have more time, money, etc that I have been able to pursue this great hobby that I finally started a couple years ago.
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Old July 12, 2012, 05:22 PM   #24
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I was shooting and reloading at my grandpa's bench ...easily by the time I was about 8 yrs old. I kept that up all the way thru high school.

I've reloaded off and on ever since ...when I went to college I took a little break from reloading / but had a press setup pretty soon after I graduated...and I've had some type of press...for metallic and shotshells ever since / and I'm in my 60's now.
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Old July 12, 2012, 05:46 PM   #25
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Depends how you count it with me. I started shooting around age 7 or 8 and my dad started reloading pretty quick when he started shooting. I think he taught me how to reload as he was learning too. I'm guessing that would be less than a year.

At 22 I bought my 1911 and began reloading and casting right away for it. Within the first month or two. That was 1984. I casted and reloaded only handgun for a long time, and began loading for rifles also about 1992 I think.
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