I shot my first reloads!!!

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  1. newby

    newby New Member

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    I did it!! I have put A LOT of time studying and reading posts on different forums- mostly this one. I loaded 5 .40 S&W and 5 .380 ACP. I used Green Dot and JHP. They shot like a charm except the .380 was having a little trouble loading the next round as evidenced by a very small mark on the side of each case (about half way up) after it was fired. I think that my OL was a little off so I will adjust that for the next batch. Ether OL or the load ramp has a sharpie on it and it is catching the case when shoved into place.

    I have a lot of bullets to reload and I am pumped that I feel a little more confident now. I am going to get these two guns down to a science and then start on rifle next.

    Thanks for all the expertise and allowing me to drop in on all of your conversations so that I can learn. It is too cool to be able to hear the gun go off and see a hole in the paper- all from a round that I loaded:D
  2. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

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    It is very cool indeed. Congradulations and I can relate to your excitement, I felt the same way when I first started reloading.
  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Congratulations Newby, and welcome to the Forum.

    You are now officially addicted, to both reloading and to TFF.:D;)
  4. fprefect

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    Congrats on your first reloads, and welcome to "The Long and Winding Road" of reloading. And believe it or not, there may be times when you may even experience a greater feeling of satisfaction than today. Take your time, double check all your loads and have fun.

    F. Prefect
  5. dsv424

    dsv424 New Member

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    Newby, you bring back memories of a year ago when I first started. Sure is a great feeling when you pull that trigger on your very own reloaded ammo. I remember being apprehensive if I might have missed something or mis-understood someones advise. But man oh man I'll never forget that feeling of success! Congradulations, you are now hooked and it only gets better from here.:) Don't hesitate to ask more questions as they arise.
  6. Texxut

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    Welcome Newby !

    Shot your first reloads and still have all your fingers!
    You're off to a good start.

    :D
  7. DWARREN123

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    Feels good doesn't it!:D
  8. FTK87

    FTK87 New Member

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    Wow, post like this remind me why I love reloading, everytime I break somthing or screw up a batch or cuss my equipment and think to myself "why do I love this?" Then I remember that feeling, like when your first loads worked, or the first time my loads shot a MOA group. Wow I love shooting!

    Congratulations and good luck on your future loads!
  9. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Feels good doesn't it? I only reload .45ACP but there are so many variables between powders, loads and bullets...it never gets boring, It's like one big Science Project.
  10. Lotsdragon

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    Aint nothing better (well maybe spam made with bacon) than your first reloads going bang like they are supposed too! Too cool, have fun and be safe!
  11. newby

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    I set up my powder measure (I am still trying to trust that mechanism a little more) and loaded another 50 rounds (40 S&W) last night. It took me about 2 hours to load the 50 rounds- I am still slow and check everything twice and three times. I got my press set up so that towards the end of the 50 rounds I did not have to measure OL as much and everything was coming out uniform. I have to learn to trust that too.

    Tonight I am going to tackle another 50 rounds and then move toward my .380 brass and load about 50 of those sometime before Friday. I am going to stop off at the local indoor range on my way home at noon on Friday and see how these shoot.
  12. mikld

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    Good job! Please, continue to double and triple check. Keeps you and your gun in one piece.
  13. VegasTech702

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    Nice! .380 is a finicky round to reload in my experience. The cases are really thin and small. They tend to crumple easily in my Lee powder through expanding die with pro disk. I just have to take my time on that function and be careful.

    As far as functionality, I found the min loads to be best for accuracy coupled with the Lee Factory Crimp to aid in reliable feeding.
  14. Suwannee Tim

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    You will eventually get more confident but you want to be certain that does not turn into complacency. I make as many mistakes as anyone but very few, really none of any importance get by me when reloading as I am constantly checking my work. Example, look up a load in one manual, verify it in another.
  15. Texxut

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    Never "trust" it's right, always "know" it's right, verify everything.

    Remember, you are making little bombs that you are going to set off, very close to you face. :eek:
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