Greetings from Godzone
Hello there from New Zealand.
By way of introduction, I am a newspaper journalist in my late 50s who, after decades of being a keen hunter and competitive rifle shooter, has just discovered the joys of the handgun.
So as of three weeks ago I have taken delivery of a Buckmark (a nice wee piece that could be made more handsome with rosewood grips), a big mother of a S&W 44mag with a 10½ inch barrel for silhouette shooting (eats the same load as my lever gun) and a Sig P226 9mm (all of which need to be shot competitively in order to hold a restricted license for handguns in NZ).
I have always found it immensely satisfying to do my own reloading with long arms (apart from rimfire, obviously, I would never use factory loads in any of the eight calibers I shoot) and I am surprised that more do not reload from choice, as opposed to economic necessity – I read with interest the thread about the ammo shortage. With a 9mm I see that I will need to invest in a progressive press or I’ll be spending more time hunched over a single-stager than at the range. Reloading, bullet casting and powder selection gave meaning to the chemistry and physics I studied unprofitably at school. Too bad they don’t teach those subjects out on the range.
Immense fun, anyway, and I don’t know how I managed to avoid it all these years! I look forward to being part of the handgun community.
thanks in anticipation
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I also reload, but I find I have less time to spend reloading than I used to, so I have to supplement my custom loads with store-bought stuff so I don't run out. The new local indoor range has me shooting-up what used to be a year's supply of ammo every 4-6 months! You have fine taste in firearms; those you have are a good set to cover nearly every use.
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