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NEED private reloading class SW Portland

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by nick1980, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. nick1980

    nick1980 Portland, OR Active Member

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    I live in SW Portland near Capital HWY and Barbur (exit 295 off I5) very easy to get to.

    I recently inherited some reloading gear from my father and I have all the supplies and tools but I have no clue what I am doing. I would be willing to pay someone to come over and teach me how to use my equipment.
    I have powder, primers etc.... but I will need to pick up some bullets and brass. I have a Lee Turret style press. If someone is interested please let me know and how much you would want for up to a few hours of your time and when you would be available.

  2. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    don't get me wrong as I encourage you to reload... but I would recommend you spend a few hours watching some videos on youtube and then reading up on reloading concepts and principles.

    the lee turret is a good press to work with, but reloading is very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. an incorrectly charged round can explode and damage your gun and limbs...

    if may be best if you find somebody who reloads and watch them do so for a few hours, then once you have the concepts, find somebody to help you setup or do it yourself from youtube videos.]

    The Load Master Zone - reloading with Lee presses - videos and forums

    there is a link in the bottom on the turret press.

    good luck..
  3. Squidly

    Squidly Sandy Active Member

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    Youtube is great, but I wouldn't rely on it. I'm having my 70 year old uncle teach me reloading. Half the fun is learning from an old timer. They have a wealth of knowledge, and you get some real man-cave time.
  4. pinne65

    pinne65 Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Pick up a good reloading manual and read first. I got two, Speer and Lyman. They both cover basic reloading theory. Then when you have questions, and you will, it's good to have some hands on with someone.
  5. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    JohnH on the forums here teaches a reloading class for pretty cheap and you leave with 50 rounds of ammo that you loaded by hand. He also has lots of good handout documentation provided with the class and can answer all the questions you'd rather not learn the hard way.

    Shoot him a message and see if/when he has his next class scheduled.
  6. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    +1 for JohnH, he's a good guy.
  7. traderpats

    traderpats MILWAUKIE, OREGON Member

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    Maybe give Johnson Creek Gun Club a call. I shoot there and noticed sometimes there are reloading classes being held in the adjacent trailer sometimes. Not sure who it is that puts them on but it might be worthwhile. Hope that helps.
  8. aflineman

    aflineman Both South of Eugene and East of Portland. Active Member

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    Another +1 for JohnH. While I have not taken one of his classes, I have bought stuff from him and BSed quote a bit about reloading. The guy REALLY knows his stuff, and really enjoys teaching new reloaders.
  9. HotRod61

    HotRod61 Happy Valley Active Member

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    Pm sent
  10. Jill Bradley

    Jill Bradley Portland Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Hey Guys,

    Just another side note....The adjacent trailer is for storage only.

  11. mortar maggot

    mortar maggot western wa Active Member

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    I learned from books (pre-internet days), a few good books and I did well so far. No kabooms and only one opps I can recall.

    have a good scale for weighing powder, and wear safety glasses, I had a bullet a bit sideways once and a piece of copper was shaved off and sprung out hitting me in the cheek.

    Get a "sizing mic" you buy one for each caliber you reload, place your loaded bullet in to make sure it is up to "spec." I learned the hard way on this, as a live round jammed in my pistol. Only problem I have had, an old guy told me about the sizing mic.