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    303 Brit then a year or two later I got a Rossi revolver in ss 6 inch 357. I remember shooting jacked bullets and wanting something cheaper so I bought a box of 500 hard cast for 11$. I remember the accuracy was terrible and the bore was so leaded it was a smooth bore. I gave up on lead bullets then and only shot lead in muzzle loaders. About 96 or so I started loading for 380 acp I also bought a 500 box of hard cast 8 or 9$ they shot fine no leading and actually shot real good out to 25 yards in the cheep pistols I was using . Accuracy I thought was decent probably 6 in . They where way more accurate than the 357. Back then I didint have internet to find out what was causing the leading in the 357

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    good ole 45 ACP

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    1957 supervised by my uncle. For his Model 70 Winchester(I believe it was a .243 but it might have been his .308--he had both. Wish I had that old Winchester, it shot bug hole groups. james

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    45 Colt, longer ago than I care to admit haha

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    .44 Mag in 1978.
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    First one that I loaded was when I was 17 or 18 , I had a Savage 340 in 222. from there it just snow balled no I reload for 27 diffrenf calibers.
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    45 Colt and 45/70. I was eight in 1968 and started reloading for a re-enactment group.

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    45/70 with a Lee loader in 1970.

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    My first reloaded rounds were .30-06 on a used Hollywood Senior press that I bought used from one of my college professors in 1963. I've still got the press and dies, and have added another 30 calibers to my reloading collection.

    Hope this helps.

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    38 special with my Dad under his supervision.

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    .45 acp.. That was the start of a long downhill slide....

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    Hi...
    Sometime in the 1980-82 timeframe, I bought my first reloading press. A Lee C- style press...the first set of dies were RCBS carbide .357Mag. I had about 250 cases and bought a couple of pounds of Blue Dot and several boxes of Sierra or Speer, I can't remember which, 158gr jacketed softpoint bullets.
    I loaded ten rounds and shoot them at the indoor range that the pistol league I shoot in used for our matches and practice shoots.
    My first ten handloads shot more accurately than the factory loads I had been shooting and I was hooked!
    Been loading thousands of rounds per year ever since although I no longer shoot competitively. Currently load just about every handgun caliber and about 8 or so rifle calibers.

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    .222 with a Lee Target Loader in 1968
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    38 special

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    45-70. Was scary/fun to shoot the first round
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    32 Winchester Special-- It started as a pure money saving attempt, since the full RCBS reloading kit cost less than 10 boxes of 32 WS ammo. Since then, of course, it has turned into an addiction.
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    308W in 1968 with a Lee Loader. The only instruction and guidance was from the included instructions and what little info I got from 4 or 5 years of reading Outdoor Life.

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    12 gauge for Sporting Clays, then soon after 9mm for IPSC....
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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