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Thread: Reel shopping; Not an instigator

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    Boolit Master Maven's Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    Just happened to see this thread a few minutes ago, mostly because I need to replace a D-A-M #440n light saltwater reel that I can no longer find parts for. I've looked at the Penn #550, which is ~the same size and easy to get parts for (even though said reel is now made in China). I also looked at a few Daiwas. In fact, the reel repair shop even recommended a Daiwa, but I don't know how available parts are. Otherwise, they are nice reels. Btw, I went to a gun show the other day at the Florida State Fair Grounds in Stuart on Saturday, saw mostly overpriced guns, and NO reloading stuff at all, but picked up a nice Garcia-Mitchell #300 reel (dirty + some boat rash) for $8.00. A bit of lube + new line (#15) courtesy of the Snook Nook here in Jensen Beach, and I've got a serviceable freshwater reel. Btw, I've still got a D-A-M Finessa freshwater reel that I purchased new in 1966, which I'll consider using for saltwater: the only thing I replaced on it was the bail spring, which came with the reel.

    P.S. I saw a huge, used Shimano saltwater spinning reel at the reel repair & consignment shop last week. It was a gem, but rather pricey @ $100 (some boat rash).

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    Mar 2005
    Phenix City, Alabama
    Iirc Quick made the D-A-M reels. I had one I got in 1970 in New York and wore it out. In the late 1980s here in Alabama.
    Today I ended up with a Browning maxxum MXS 4000 and a spool of FireLine. I also found two boxes made by Plano to hold 9mm handloads. Lori said happy birthday a week early....
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    Did I ever mention that I hate to trim brass?

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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