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Ray Z

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  1. Anytime I went to a gun show and didn't find anything I went looking for I always brought primers or powder. I now have enough to last me through the idiot that's spending our money now. I think I've got some primers that cost me $60 for the sleeve [5000]. Some powder that I spent like $15/# for. I can still hide in the basement for an evening when the wife drives me nuts. And when the boys want to go shooting I've enough ammo to keep them busy so they don't shoot each other

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  2. If you shoot a lot your need to reload goes up a lot. Start collecting brass. Gun shows are a great place to find primers and powder. On line is the best place to get bullets. Think ahead and buy in bulk. As bad as it is, it's going to get worse.

    Great way to get away from everybody a couple of nights a week.

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  3. At least till next week you can buy a gun.  But good "ol Uncle Sam will tell you what you can have, what it looks like, and how many rounds it can hold. Oh yea, if you can't hunt with it, it's not allowed. In some places the steel poppers we use in USPSA are not allowed to have tops on them. The poppers look like people and the little ones look like children.

    Keep up the good work dems. It won't be long until there will be no middle class, and we'll all be on our knees begging to Uncle Sam.


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  4. If I'm not mistaken the dems. Got the whole congress, and the Presidency. If that's the case, they're going to be picking them up in a year of so. Most Americans want to be good law biding citizens and a lot of others will turn guns in just not to be felons. So they've got most of us coming or going. All they have to do is pick up the 4473 forms from the dealers. They can't say no to the ATF. 

  5. On 1/25/2021 at 7:18 PM, RandyB said:

    Dont knock a single stage press for handgun rounds. Its all I ever used since the mid 60's and I never felt they were to slow. I can kill time watching TV or reloading in the workshop.  Nothing wrong with being alone for a few hours and assembling a couple hundred rounds of 9mm or 45 acp.

    If your a competitive shooter I can understand going to a progressive press.

    I started out with a rock chucker [ https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1013036852?pid=937051]. Used it for many years as my only reloader. It still serves my well with many tasks, including reloading rifle cases, reforming cases from one to another. Example is like was said forming 8 millimeter cases from 30/06.

    For pistol I use my Dillon 650. Much easier for 9, 38 spl, 40, and 45. A single station press would never keep up with demand. I shoot a lot of USPSA practical pistol.

    Please stay away from Lee loaders. They aren't very well made and wear out quickly[ just my opinion ]

     If I can get you started in reloading let me know.


  6. 23 hours ago, PoofNoEyeBrows said:

    I use a Mec also. Got the convo kit so I can do runs of 12 & 20 gauge. For me the biggest chellenge was all the components to choose from when deciding on a shell recipe. Best advice I can give you when your doing a workup is load 5 and pattern them before you do a big run! 

    What's your powder/charge

  7. What  are you loading for? Trap and skeet, or hunting? I only recommend  Lee to those I don't like. Mec is the way to go. The one to get is determined by what you're going to do. Trap and skeet are high demand on shells and shot size. 2 3/4 - 3 Dram and 7 1/2 to 9 in shot size. Hunting goes to 3 1/4- 3 3/8 dram and shot size goes nuts from there. 7 1/2 for birds, 6 to 5 for rabbit [ hard to find ] and expensive as all get out. Then there are slugs. You can cast your own. The biggest thing is different size shot and wads.

    Mec has low production presses like the mec jr, and production presses like the 9000. Even motorized and hydrolic units.

    What's your poison, what's your friend? Bonnie and I shot trap 3 days a week. So we loaded 2. But shot was $5.50 a bag then. Now there's only one plant [that I know of] for shot. We think it's a little back door gun control. I've got two presses in the basement. Both Mec jrs.. One 12ga one 20 gage.Both are taking up space.

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  8. Been loading for over 50 years. Great past time. Good way to get away from the pressures from work and the way my wife greeted me at the door coming home,    " Do you know what your boys did today!"

    Started out with a RCBS rock chucker press and added on from there. I now still load on it and Dillon 650. Got 14 different die sets for that and maybe half that many that I still load on my rock chucker.

    Started casting my own bullets a couple years into loading. I now have 15-20 sets of 4 cavity Lyman molds a real nice sizing machine.

    It's been a great hobby for a lot of years. Sure kept my out of the poor house shooting practical pistol.

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  9. Reefermac came up with the word I've been looking for for years. I put some tunes on in the workshop area, clear the clutter from my reloading bench, and start sizing brass... its therapeutic like any mindless repetitive task.


    After a bad day at work, and after the three S's, I head for the loading room and pound out a few hundred rounds, Works great both for my nerves and for the ammo cabinet.

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  10. On 9/13/2020 at 12:51 PM, TGO David said:

    I am placing this in the Survival and Preparedness forum for what I hope are somewhat obvious reasons.  My question to you is, as the subject states, how concerned are you about mass civil unrest after the Presidential election in November?  And I will add that if you are concerned, what are you doing now to address those concerns?

    My pessimistic prediction is that the Election will not be resolved on November 3rd.  The push by the Democrats to use COVID-19 as the justification for an unprecedented use of mail-in ballots clearly telegraphs their plan to disrupt the Election.  My personal opinion is that they will use every tool of dishonesty and corruption possible to bias the ballots toward Biden, either by discarding ballots for Trump or by falsifying a large quantity for Biden.  They will attempt to hijack the electoral process and forcibly instate their candidate to bring an end to Making America Great Again.  When this happens, there is a good chance that things will finally come unhinged.

    Or, Trump will win despite the Left's efforts to stop him, and the Left will do what it's already been doing this year and riot but on a much larger scale.  Regardless of which occurs, I don't see peace and harmony occurring after November 2nd and I firmly believe that November to January could end up being the most dangerous time that our country has seen since the Civil War and I think people who haven't been planning for unrest by having supplies of food, medicines, sanitary essentials and, yes, ammo will be wishing they had.

    I of course hope that I am wrong, but I feel it is better to hope for the best and plan for the worst.


    So... what are you doing to prepare?


    It would be good to hear from folks who live in urban, suburban and rural areas alike since those environments could present their own unique challenges.

    If the powers at bay would stand up on their hind legs and do something there wouldn't be a problem. A fire hose did a good job


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