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Thread: Hurts to see my cherished everday use books called vintage

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    Boolit Man
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    Jan 2017
    SE Mo

    Hurts to see my cherished everday use books called vintage

    I think the title says it all I'm getting old I guess ..I enjoy an early morning cup of coffee and one of my "vintage" manuals ..just picking a caliber ..looking at the penciled in notes ..remembering where that particular worked up load downed and elk ..or the handgun load that i downed my first pistol antelope (I sure remember the prickly cactus I got into crawling to get the shot!) just goes on and on

    And I'm still able to do it is a blessing ..rolling more loads and making more memories ...

    I sure hope the young folks coming on can have the same chances

    Be safe everyone and have a great up and coming season!


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    My first reloading manual is barley 10 years old, and already the binding is falling apart. I'd blame it on being a paperback, but I have numerous paperbacks from 30-70+ years of age, and they are deteriorating much slower. That being said, my oldest hard-cover is over 200 years old, so it definitely makes a difference.

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    Boolit Grand Master
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    Aug 2005
    South Jersey
    My Grant’s manual has more page markers than a city has traffic lights

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    Boolit Buddy
    762sultan's Avatar
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    Oct 2012
    the wilderness...north of I- 80
    I must be the same age as you are. When I began loading in 1966 an older fellow at the rifle club said" So you are going to roll your own?" I thought that was a novel way to state it. Don't very often hear that anymore. Brings back a lot of good memories of those older gents that have passed on.

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    Boolit Master uscra112's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Switzerland of Ohio
    Ditto the motorcycles of my mis-spent youth. Heck, bikes I sold NEW from my Honda shop in the '70s are now vintage. My BSAs that were vintage then are now antiques. I still think of the Hondas as "new models". Ditto my last remaining BMW, an R75/7. Modern Beemers are science fiction to me.

    More to the point, my 1990(?) copy of Barnes is worn and grubby from probably a thousand times I opened it with unwashed hands. Dad's IMR reloading manual that I relied on for years finally fell to pieces. It was not printed on acid-free paper.

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    Boolit Master Jedman's Avatar
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    Lenawee County , MI
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    Boolit Master

    GregLaROCHE's Avatar
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    Feb 2018
    Southern France by way of Interior Bush Alaska
    So are individuals the same age or older considered vintage?

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    Boolit Master
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    Apr 2013
    Northern California
    It's like the first time I heard one of my favorite songs on the "Oldie's" station.

    Cold slap in the face.

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    Boolit Bub swingingblock2520's Avatar
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    Oct 2021
    Western Maryland
    I have granddads wildcatting books,I still reference P.o Ackley’s “Handbook for shooters&reloaders” both volumes from the 60’s,Home gun care&repair by Ackley 1969,pocket manual shooters&reloaders Ackley 1964,woodchucks&woodchuck rifles by Charlie Singer 1951 1st ed,wildcat cartridges vol 1 by Kenny Waters to name a few. I enjoy the old books and manuals. Gives me a connection to my pops and I keep his energy alive when I wildcat.
    J.m Shrader

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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