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Thread: What's The First Caliber You Ever Reloaded?

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    Boolit Master 308Jeff's Avatar
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    What's The First Caliber You Ever Reloaded?

    For me I went straight to brave, and it was 204 Ruger.

    That was some time late in 2008, and I remember holding my breath and saying a little prayer before I dropped the hammer on that first round. Everything turned out well, of course.

    Next up was 308. Didn't actually start reloading any pistol until the middle of 2009.

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    What's The First Caliber You Ever Reloaded?

    30-30 in 1962 or so. .38 and 357 in 1967.


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    380 last year

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    303 Brit with a lee loader around 1993. shot probably 500 that summer at 100 yards at my back yard range

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    .357 mag downloaded to .38 Spec. velocities.

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    .280 rem. I was 13 and supervised. My first centerfire I'm now 35 and still reload with my dad and still have that gun.

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    45 acp

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    In 1978 - 8mm Mauser with the Lee Loader for my Turkish Mauser. Quickly added 30-06 Lee Loader for my 03 Springfield.

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    .223 and 45 acp the first day;! Still my two most used rounds;this would have been late 1998/early1999.

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    454 casull

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    270 Win around 1960 in the workshop of my Boy Scout rifle team coach...with him looking over my shoulder.
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    45 acp

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    When I started reloading, I started reloading for all the calibers I was shooting at the time--so it was several. 45 ACP was probably the first round out of the press though.
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    First reloads were 12ga shotshells with a Lee hand loader around 1963. Metallic was .30-06 in 1974 to hunt reh deer in Germany. Now load about 30 different cartridges on a Rockchucker (same one I bought in 1974) and 3 gauges on MECs (12, 20 & 28)

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    .45 ACP.
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    45 ACP, first gun I purchased. Used a Lee Pro 1000.
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    38 Special on a LEE Whack-a-Mole, sitting at my Kitchen Table in our 1st Married Apartment in San Diego, Early 76' .....
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    First reload was 20 gauge shotshell with Lee hand loader in probably 1962 First metallic was 222 Remington. Equipment belonged to a buddy. It was an old C press. Powder was measured with a cutoff 30-06 case, cut down and soldered to a piece of baling wire. He had verified charge with someone else who had scale. I remember that he had two length gauges, one for overall loaded shell length and one for empty case length. They were both carriage bolts, double nutted to the length. Had some home made tube and a file to file stretched cases to proper length.

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    8x57, 45 acp, 30-06 circa 1977 with lee loaders.

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    I started loading 44 mag for a handi rifle. I could not get that thing to shoot until I experimented with everything until I got a good shooting load. this rifle also got me into cast bullets as that was my ultimate goal. It took a bit of learning but I now have a moa 44 handi. That is along as I feed it what it likes. Otherwise it is a more like a 20 gauge modified choke.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check