01 July 2017

2017 is passing quickly.  I can't believe it's already July!  There are still so many things that I want to do but have not gotten around to it.  Summer will be gone before we know it.

I have been an avid firearms enthusiast since I was old enough to buy firearms.  I joined Junior ROTC in high school and part of the training involved shooting .22 caliber rifles.  When I got into college, I continued into Senior ROTC.  I fired the M-16A1 and was thrilled beyond words.

When I was old enough, I started buying firearms.  I have owned firearms since.

Along the way, I learned that reloading ammunition was a great way to save money.  Buying a box of ammo from the store could cost you $20.  But reloading the used brass would bring the cost of that box down to around $8.  Well, that is if you're not counting the cost of the reloading equipment and your time.  There are many advantages to reloading ammunition.  One major reason is that with care, you can produce better and more accurate ammunition than the generic factory stuff.

Anyway, where I'm going with this is that in the early 1990's, something happened and I just walked away from a lot of things that I used to do.  I was an avid hunter - I stopped. I was an avid fisherman - I quit. I shot high power rifle competition and handgun competition - I lost interest.  I stopped reloading.

My reloading equipment sat in the corner of my garage gathering dust.  But two months ago I started cleaning out that part of the garage.  I started dumping out a lot of old stuff.  I dusted off my reloading equipment and it still looked like it could work.  I started reloading to see if it still worked.  Within minutes, I felt like I had to relearn how to do it.  I started to spend hours at my reloading press.  I cleaned it up. I adjusted it.  I resized some brass and adjusted the press a bit more.  Lately it seems like I've been spending whatever free time I have at the reloading bench.  I started shooting my rifles again too.

So what am I saying??  That this manual process involving some thought, adjustment, and working with my hands just feels so good.  It's almost like working with wood but it's feeding my newly energized competition shooting.

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