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RE: Where on Wednesday forty four: Size matters

in Outdoors and more2 years ago

I wonder if re-loaders are the only ones that buy calipers anymore. We I was a beginning re-loader I did not have one, after about 3 months I needed to buy one. I used to spend hours finding the right combo of powder, and case, and bullet to try and get that perfect consistent round. Hand Loading was a fun hobby for several years before life got to complicated. (one of the locations I lived you had to have the powder shipped via barge, they would not fly gun powder in).


I couldn't do with my my vernier caliper. I use it multiple elements of the reloading process. Case length and OAL. My set is pretty good quality. I had a cheaper set but they weren't accurate enough.

Hand loading can be a fun thing, serious of course, but I find it relaxing. It gives me time to just focus and exclude everything else.

The process of load development is quite pleasing too..chasing that perfect load, the barrel node, recording the information, retesting...I find it fun. There's nothing quite like finding the right load, making it and sending it out to great distance and putting it on target. Very rewarding.

I didn't know you were a hand loader.

A long time ago, a friend got me into it, about 30 years ago. I started with the hand held dies and then graduated to the pull the lever and everything was done. I used to love shooting even won a hat at a bowling pin shoot once for the fastest table. I think everyone should experience a bowling pin shoot at least once in their lives.

Have you ever done a log chop?

The best I went to was a team one where each team of three shooters had a post between them to chop. There were 12 poles so 36 guns...It was hectic. What's a bowling pin shoot?

On standard size sheet of plywood 4X8 Feet, on two saw horses, and four bowling pins set about one foot from the back edge of the plywood, object is to shoot all four off the table as fast as possible. Not as easy as it sounds, if you don't get very close to center of gravity on the pin, then it will drop on the table spin and be hard to shoot off the table. It was quite a challenge.

Ah that's cool. I think we would be able to adapt something like that to suit or rimfire .22LR challenge competition that I run. Not bowling pins though, something else.