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    5 Years

    Five years ago, on todays date, I reloaded my first round of ammunition. It was 45acp with a 200gr Hornady XTP. The next day I loaded some 38 specials and then some 357 magnum. Those were the only dies I had at the time. Since then I have added 9mm, .380 and .40 S&W. Have probably loaded somewhere in the 20,000 plus range. I load more 38 specials than anything else. I find it to be relaxing to sit down with some good music playing and crank out 100 rounds on my Lee classic turret press.
    I loaded 50 rounds of 38 special tonight with a 125gr XTP over 6.8gr of Power Pistol. I think I’ll see how they run in my 3 inch M60 pro
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    1973 38Spl!

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    Congrats, as I started 5 years ago also. First ones I loaded were 38 Special for bowling pin matches. Interested to know how the Power Pistol works as I have never used it.
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    I have used it quite a bit in 9mm and .40. It's meters nicely and can achievement velocity for many cartridges. I did loaded some like the above about 4 years ago. My notes say I liked it in my 2.25 inch SP101 and that's why I want to try them in the m60. This was not a plus P load, but is getting close.
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    I’d like to hear about the power pistol as well. I’ve never found reloading to be much of a cost saving endeavor, but none of my hobbies are. But it certainly is relaxing and there is something very satisfying about looking at those freshly assembled cartridges, and then shooting them.
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    Some fine looking cartridges there jonesy ! I would hate to think what this would cost me if it was factory loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratzo View Post
    I’d like to hear about the power pistol as well. I’ve never found reloading to be much of a cost saving endeavor, but none of my hobbies are. But it certainly is relaxing and there is something very satisfying about looking at those freshly assembled cartridges, and then shooting them.
    In my case it is because the stuff I load is stupid priced in factory rounds for one thing and for another, I don't load to SAMMI specs, I jump all my rounds to take advantage of the throat on my rifles. Even the handgun rounds I load (44RM and 460 S&W) are much less expensive off the press than out of a box.

    I buy everything in bulk so component cost is less too. Bullets by the hundreds or thousands, primers in full cases and propellant in 8 pound (or bigger) jugs. Never could understand buying a pound of this or a pound of that when I can get 8 pounds or more and it all gets used anyway and propellant will last indefinitely so long as it's sealed (or resealed) and kept in a controlled enviroment, same with primers.

    What I do is watch for reduced ship cost or free haz-mat and then buy or if there is a special on components like Hornady just had, I buy bulk. Picked up 5,000 55 grain JHP's in 22 caliber on special a month ago.

    2 years ago Sierra ran a special (from the factory) on game kings and I bought about 30 boxes in various calibers. and I'm still using them. Same with Berger. Berger had a bulk bullet sale and I bought a large box 1000 of their 165 grain hunters in 308 caliber. It may take me 10 years to load them but for one thing the price will never go down and two, they keep forever.
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    I started reloading for the cost savings.....sort of. Buying factory ammo I could not afford to shoot as much as I wanted to. Now that I load my own, I am spending about the same but shooting twice as much

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    Five years really? You and I started together. I remember it well, Today i am loading 38 Long Colt for a 1892 revolver.
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    Hey Jonesy,

    Good for you!

    Don't save a nickel...............just shoot a whole bunch more!

    Later, Mark
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