Re: IS RELOADING HISTORY?
Also on the subject of reloading. I thought that only long range shooters were the only ones still wildcatting until I tuned into the Varmint Hunters board--these people are shooting and wildcatting cartridges from 10 (very limited)caliber on up to 30 (a lot of 17s and 22s) with the same or more regularity and vigor than in the 1940s and 1950s. And I don't think its just the 100 or so on that board. Gunsmiths have these custom reamers, small rifle manufacturers and sub-manufacturers(Cooper, Kimber, Bullberry, Virgin Valley, Thompson, etc) chamber and barrel these wildcats. Custom and major Bullet
manufacturers make specialized bullets for these calibers. Powders are available (more than ever before), dies and accuracy loading tools, reloading info. I don't think reloading or wildcatting is dying. In the long range world there's new calibers coming out by manufacturers and custom shooters and gunsmiths regularly, the 6.5/284 is so popular that Hornady is even making brass for it, so is Norma and Lapua. Remington a few years ago came out with the 300 Ultra case, then followed with new chamberings. Remington and Winchester are now chambering short fat magnums. The old 404 Jeffrey case is a basis for many wildcats being used today. Norma sells a lot of 404 brass and I'll bet very little of it is used for a 404.
Your magazine friend should look into expanding his magazine to include some of this and most likely will have a more cross-sectioned subscriber and a more accurate survey.