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Old 05-06-2001, 06:55 PM
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RELOADING

Dave King recently mentioned that he sees his reloading as quality time, time to slow down and enjoy life. I really respect that idea, from the "recharging the old batteries" aspect and also from the accuracy viewpoint.

I used to enjoy reloading for similar reasons. Somehow my reloading changed and I have become too impatient - no time to smell the sizing lube. This probably peaked when I punched a decapping pin through my left thumbnail during an all-night reloading session before a Montana prairie dog shoot. I still remember the pain. Found out that you really don't appreciate how much leverage a Rockchucker generates until your thumb is...

A significant booboo was getting my hands on a progressive press. All of a sudden my Rockchucker was too damn slow. Found out that when a die goes out of adjustment - you turn out a whole bunch of crappy rounds in a short time.

I also picked up the whole set of electronic reloading accessories - more time savers, higher degree of accuracy. Some save a lot of time, some just burn time. Probably the best of the lot is the motorized case trimmer.

Another thing that has changed my attitude toward reloading is the fact that factory ammo is just plain better than it used to be. I would never hunt with factory ammo, had to be a carefully tailored handload. Nowadays I can find factory ammo that shoots inside an inch with the same bullet that I would be loading. Since I am usually behind in my reloading I have used factories on several hunts with complete saticefaction.

I never used to shoot ANY factory ammo, too expensive and not accurate enough. Those days are over. If you don't believe me, take a box of Federal Gold Medal, Winchester Competition Supreme or Black Hills Ammo match and shoot four five-shot groups. Then try to imagine holding that degree of accuracy over production runs that make millions of rounds.

Reloading is still the only way to shoot a lot of good ammo. I just thought I might get some feedback from you guys.
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Old 05-07-2001, 06:32 PM
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Re: RELOADING

I used to really enjoy reloading, but nowadays it’s a bit of a chore. The actual reloading is not so bad, but the case prep can be a killer. With many of my rifles requiring turned case necks, along with all the other case preparation steps, the work can go for days.

I have just put a new barrel on a rifle I will be taking to a compertition in about 10 days. Right now I am turning and prepping 80 cases. This will see me burn most of my evenings up to the event just getting the cases up to standard.

I love shooting them, but feeding them can be a real pain! [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

Fergus
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Old 05-09-2001, 11:14 PM
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Re: RELOADING

I don't keep a rifle that I have to spent a lot of time with case work if it dosn't shoot with just full length resizing use it for something else close in work or sell it. The most case pep I do is clean them trim them after a few shots load them and shoot them.
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Old 05-29-2001, 02:14 PM
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Re: RELOADING

If I could find factory ammo 17CCM, 17 Ackley Hornet, 17PPC, 22PPC tight neck, 6PPC tight neck, 22 Vais, and 6 Vais, I might try your approach. Different strokes.
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