How long have you been reloading, and what do you reload.
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    I’ve only been reloading for about 10 years now. I started on a single stage press and moved to a Dillon 550 about 7 years ago. The main calibers I reload for are .40, .45, .357, .38 Special and .223. I have toolheads setup to run 10mm, 9mm and .300BO but don’t run batches of those often. 9mm has just been cheaper to buy so I focus on the others to increase the volume shot there.

    I also still use the single stage for low volume stuff like 6.5 Swede, .308, 7.62x54R and 8mm Mauser. The best way for me to spend an evening is at the reloading bench with an audio book playing in the background.
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    About 40 years.


    .22 Jet
    .32 S&W Long
    .32 H&RMagnum
    380 Auto (9 MM Kurtz)
    9MM Luger
    .38 Special
    .357 Magnum
    .35 Remington
    .40 S&W
    10 MM
    .41 Magnum
    .44 Special
    .44 Magnum
    .45 ACP
    .45 Colt

    .220 Swift
    .264 Winchester
    7 MM Mauser
    8 MM Mauser
    .32 Winchester
    .348 Winchester
    .375 H&H
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    Too many dies, too many constants for my taste and

    I annealed 2000 223 cases yesterday and another 1000 308 cases.
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    I started reloading rifle cartridges in the 70s using a 310 tong tool. I “upgraded” to a “C” press then to an “O” press. When I started reloading for handguns I used the C press most of the time until I started shooting competition. To actually compete, I needed to spend more time at the range than on the reloading press. I got the then new Dillon 450 and thought I was in heaven. Actually, I was as I could reload in one day what I shot in a week. The 450 got me into the upper tier of PPC and kept me there. I has stopped competing but still reload rifle and handgun cartridges. Blackpowder and smokeless though I am trying to limit the number of powders I use.

    Went fromover two dozen rifle rifle cartridges down to 3 or 4, 22WCF and 22 Hornet, 405 WCF, 45-70 and 50-70 for rifle. 38 Special, 45 ACP and 45 long Colt for handguns.

    At one point while competing I realized I had nearly two 5 gallons pails full of spent primers. Not sure how many that is but practicing and competing in PPC accumulated them quickly.

    I still I’ll use the 310 for all of my rifle cartridges except the big 50. The 450 is still set for the 38 Special and the single stages mostly gather dust.

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    I started reloading in November of last year, I currently reload for 9mm, .40. .45 and 223. I will soon be reloading for the 6.5 creedmor as soon I get some formed brass ready to go.
    I reload on a lee turret press and so far has served me well. When i start precision shooting we will see how well it does
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    22 Savage HP
    30 Remington
    30-30 win
    303 Savage
    300 Savage
    32 Remington
    357 & 38Sp
    40 S&W
    41 Magnum
    45 ACP
    45 Glock
    Been at for only 12 years, use a Lee single stage press, lee redding and rcbs die sets

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    Started back in the late 80’s on a Lee Pro 1000, now a Lee single Stage for the following 32 H&R Magnum, 38 Special, 9MM Browning Short, 9MM Parabellum, Colt Super 38 Auto, 357 Magnum, 10 MM Auto, 41 Remington Magnum, 45 Colt,
    223 Remington, 243 Winchester, 7MM Remington Magnum, 308 Winchester, 7.62x39, 8x57JS

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    In my case I've been behind a reloading bench for a little over 50 years. I still use only a Lyman single stage press that was my dads. I reload .38-.357-.45acp-.45 Colt-..223-25/20-.308-.30-06 and last 6.5 Creedmore for my son.
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    I started reloading in 1967, using a Lee Loader for my .243 Winchester M 70 Varmint rifle.

    Now most of my reloading is done on a Lee 4 Hole Turret press, and occasionally a Lee Challenger press.

    I load for:
    .243 Winchester
    .308 Winchester
    .303 British
    8 mm Mauser
    9 mm Luger
    .38 Special
    .357 Magnum
    .45 ACP
    12 gauge
    20 guage

    I used to reload for 7.5x55 Swiss but I sold the rifles sold the dies went too.

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    In my case I haven't reloaded in a while because I've been a lazy "light" shooter.

    However, I started in the late 70's or early 80's on a RockChucker

    Once I started shooting IPSC I upgraded to a Dillon 450 due to volume needs.

    When they first came out I upgraded again and got a first edition Dillon 1050 again due to volume.

    When I decided I wanted to shoot skeet I picked up a Hornady 366.

    I've loaded mostly .45 acp and .38 super. but have also loaded .38/.357, 9mm, .308, and 12ga.

    I've got more dies but haven't shot enough of those calibers to start loading.

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