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Unread 04-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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Anybody hand load?

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Unread 04-01-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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WOW! I dabble a little bit right now, but don't have near as much stuff as you do. It almost looks like your ready for a new bench the way its bowing! I started with 12ga because of the ease then got into .223 and .40cal.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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This is a 25+ year collection of hand loading.

I have not taken one game animal in that length of time with a round I did not load. I load all of my hunting and target rounds. I would never use a hand load for self defense.

Btw, the bench is not bowing. I took the photo with a lens that causes that effect. I had three benches before I designed this one. It takes up 8 square feet of floor space (12" x 96").
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Unread 04-01-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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Nice little setup you have there. I've been reloading for 37 years now and HAD about twice as much as that. Until









Out of 150k rounds this is all that lived.

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How did the fire start?
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Unread 04-01-2013, 04:21 PM   #6
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Air conditioner shorted out. Here is the killer that made me cry. Insurance did not cover the gun/hunting items that were in there. Nationwide is not on your side.
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Coverage for guns is usually a limited amount ($2,500?). Hunting, reloading and any other personal items should be covered up to 60% of the covered amount of your dwelling. If you have a $100,000 dwelling you should have $60,000 coverage for personal effects. Some policies cover 40% of the dwelling amount.

Your "Man Cave" looks to be detached from your main dwelling. If so the coverage for the detached structure will be 10% of the main dwelling amount ($10,000 in my example). If your "Man Cave" is not on your covered property (lot) the coverage for the contents could be less than the 40%-60% and zero for the structure.

I am suggesting this because you are located in Texas and I have had experience with these matters there.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 06:51 AM   #8
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My bench.

I used to with my dad, we were setup with a few presses for various calibers. It looks like the same presses we had. We loaded .45, .38, .357 and 30.06. We used to do allot of target shooting. It looks like your table is sagging in the middle, is that the bench you do you’re reloading on? Never mind, now I see the bench you have your presses mounted.

I don't do it anymore. Now I only shoot a few times a month, and basically only for defensive shooting. I can shoot on my property so finding a place is no big deal. When I did target shoot I could go through hundreds and hundreds of rounds in a week or two. Now I go through a fraction of that and only shoot a couple of hand guns.

About every year I zero my 30.06 but don't really hunt. I am making a food plot off my back deck so I may "hunt" a little more but that is only to fill the freezer.
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I used to with my dad, we were setup with a few presses for various calibers. It looks like the same presses we had. We loaded .45, .38, .357 and 30.06. We used to do allot of target shooting. It looks like your table is sagging in the middle, is that the bench you do you’re reloading on? Never mind, now I see the bench you have your presses mounted.

I don't do it anymore. Now I only shoot a few times a month, and basically only for defensive shooting. I can shoot on my property so finding a place is no big deal. When I did target shoot I could go through hundreds and hundreds of rounds in a week or two. Now I go through a fraction of that and only shoot a couple of hand guns.

About every year I zero my 30.06 but don't really hunt. I am making a food plot off my back deck so I may "hunt" a little more but that is only to fill the freezer.
The wide angle lens makes the sagging effect. It is straight. My loaders are two (blue) Dillon 450's, one set up for 45 acp, the other 44 mag. They have all the accessories of the 650 but they are the first syle with non-changable die heads. The green RCBS Big Max is set up for 45-70 Gov.
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The wide angle lens makes the sagging effect. It is straight. My loaders are two (blue) Dillon 450's, one set up for 45 acp, the other 44 mag. They have all the accessories of the 650 but they are the first syle with non-changable die heads. The green RCBS Big Max is set up for 45-70 Gov.
We had the older Dillons also. We had two I believe. One for the .45 and the other for the .357. He also had a press of some sort for the 30.06. We had a tumbler for cleaning brass and some molds for making the bullets. My dad had a friend that owned a tire store so we would get his old wheel weights to cast our bullets. I remembered we also had a press of some sort to lube the bullets.
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I have been reloading for years. Seems like the older I get the more I enjoy it too. Lots of great products and equipment out there for us as well.
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Someone pm'd me about the notebooks. I keep a log of every caliber/load and how they perform (group size, velocity, wind, temperature, etc.).
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I reload...but only for one caliber. I'm small time
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