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Posted: 4/2/2022 8:59:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: UtahShotgunner]
Saw this and wondered if Arfcom had a notably different age range for reloading.


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Link Posted: 4/3/2022 11:49:39 AM EST
As suspected, the older crowd.

Link Posted: 4/3/2022 12:12:55 PM EST
I started @ 26, does that count?
Link Posted: 4/3/2022 1:35:57 PM EST
i started helping my uncle around 13 got my own kit at 17, upgraded over the year and have loaded well over 20k rounds at my current age of 31
Link Posted: 4/3/2022 1:44:35 PM EST
I turn fifty this year, but I started reloading at age 21
Link Posted: 4/4/2022 8:17:59 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/4/2022 8:21:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: BuckeyeRifleman] [#6]
Started in my early 20s. I’m 35 and have a 550 and 750 as well as a single stage, reload over 10 different calibers.
Link Posted: 4/4/2022 9:05:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: SteelonSteel] [#7]
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Originally Posted By borderpatrol:
I started @ 26, does that count?
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I am now old but yea, started when I was in high school.  Mostly self taught from the RCBS/Speer  number 10 manual after watching a buddy reload neck sized .243 on a Partner press.  I bought a Reloader Special 3 kit.   Still have it, lots of slop on it but have more presses,....rock chucker, big boss2, dillon 550b and a CoAx.
Link Posted: 4/4/2022 12:14:54 PM EST
I started reloading as a teenager...  I am now in my 60s.  Had a big gap in the middle!
Link Posted: 4/4/2022 12:54:09 PM EST
Thanks all for the participation.

Also, thank you for ignoring the poll screw ups and spelling errors!  
Put this post up from my phone and while trying to edit my errors, only made them worse!
Link Posted: 4/4/2022 1:12:34 PM EST
I'm 67 and have been reloading 99% of my own ammo since 1984.
Link Posted: 4/7/2022 3:44:46 PM EST
I started in my late 20s.

I hate to admit the decades of experience….but, decades.

While I sometimes load blasting handgun ammo, the bulk of my reloading is precision rifle in 6.5CM & .223; second is light or heavy revolver ammo.

That’s what I suspect the age gap is about.  But, I’ve been wrong before.
Link Posted: 4/7/2022 4:47:12 PM EST
I started at 23. Will be turning 52 in a couple months.
Link Posted: 4/7/2022 5:03:19 PM EST
Started 15 years ago in my mid 20’s
Link Posted: 4/7/2022 5:09:16 PM EST
Reloaded from 16/17 until I was 24. Wife + twins + job + other hobbies left over no time for reloading so I sold everything up. I’ll get back into it when I retire in 30 - 35 years
Link Posted: 4/8/2022 12:34:00 AM EST
I started in the early 1990s with a 10 year gap around 2000.
Glad I didn't sell one piece of equipment or get rid of any components.
Just wish I stacked more primers back then than I did.
Link Posted: 4/8/2022 1:56:16 AM EST
I started loading at 22 haven’t stopped … that was a long time ago.
Link Posted: 4/8/2022 5:03:47 AM EST

I started in my teens.

I am in my 50s now.

Poll fail because there is no choice, lifetime.
Link Posted: 4/8/2022 9:10:14 PM EST
48yo and have been reloading for 20 years.
Link Posted: 4/16/2022 7:06:56 AM EST
I taught myself reloading at age 33 or so.  I am 40 this month.
Link Posted: 4/17/2022 8:31:00 PM EST
37 now started at 21
Link Posted: 4/19/2022 9:06:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By RattleCanAR:
Poll fail because there is no choice, lifetime.
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Poll is looking for current age.  
Link Posted: 5/22/2022 6:46:30 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/22/2022 8:46:35 PM EST
Late 30s, started in early 20s.
Link Posted: 5/22/2022 8:51:38 PM EST
Upper end of the poll now, but started when I was 18.
Link Posted: 5/22/2022 9:00:22 PM EST
I’ve been doing it since I was 16 but I’m in my 30s now.
Link Posted: 5/28/2022 2:12:19 AM EST
My dad let me borrow his reloading gear when I was about 30. He liked the loads I put together so much he told me to keep everything. He never had to buy ammunition after that.
That was 35 years ago.
Link Posted: 5/28/2022 5:56:32 AM EST
Started about 30 years ago. I'm 63
Link Posted: 5/28/2022 6:01:43 AM EST
I'm 56.  

Just shot some 22-250 I loaded in 1978.

Link Posted: 5/28/2022 7:02:19 AM EST

I started 45acp in high school with one of those goofy LEE kits where you tap the primer in with a hammer LOL

The Lee Loader - Reloading on a bare-bones budget
Link Posted: 5/28/2022 7:18:40 AM EST
It makes sense that reloaders would be older. You need to get into shooting first. So that adds a few years.
Link Posted: 5/28/2022 7:48:54 AM EST
I started in '94 at age 23 so......how does one calculate a useful avg. age for people who have been doing for 20-30-40-50 years?
Average age today? I suppose if the idea is to see if young shooters are getting into it or not.
Link Posted: 5/28/2022 9:52:50 AM EST
I started in 1973 with the help of a fellow @ Carter's Country in Spring TX.
Link Posted: 5/28/2022 10:13:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: ArimoDave] [#33]
I started handloading at the age of seven (shotshells with a Lee Loader and card wads).  I am now 60 and have been loading ever since.  Does that put the average age for me at (60 + 7) / 2 = 33.5?
Link Posted: 6/26/2022 6:17:45 PM EST
Mid 40's now but started loading with the help of my uncle in my early teens.
Link Posted: 7/11/2022 8:36:15 PM EST
I started in my teens, with a Lee Loader for .30 Carbine.  Never really got much done with that.  At 21, my brand new wife gave me an RCBS Rock Chucker kit - the whole shebang.  I'm still using everything that came with it.  That was 42 years ago...

So what your poll says is more "the average age of people who reload, and who play with online forums, and who focus on reloading in the ARFCOM Precision Rifles subforum.  I spend a lot more time in the Armory/Reloading forum.
Link Posted: 7/20/2022 5:06:55 PM EST
My dad was going broke taking me and my two brothers dove hunting so he initially got into shotshell reloading around 1976-77. I was about fifteen.

I started doing my own reloading of shotshells and metallic cartridges around 1986. I'll be 61 in Dec.

Link Posted: 7/30/2022 12:41:03 PM EST
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Originally Posted By cruze5:
the poll does fail.

i am 41 and started roughly 10-15 years ago.

so which one do i vote for?
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The poll doesn't say when did you start.

Not really a poll fail as I see it.
Link Posted: 10/4/2022 10:37:56 AM EST
Started learning  in my early teens. Had my own press in my bedroom at 15-16. Been reloading ever since and I'm over 50 now.

I've exposed a number of people to reloading over the years. Young and adult. No takers. I don't think it's an age thing as much as being too narrow of an interest.
Link Posted: 10/4/2022 10:47:04 AM EST
Started with shotgun loading at age 11 and progressed deeper into the madness over the next 50-odd years.
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 10:32:38 PM EST
I started when I was in my 20s.  Did it for about 5 years then life got busy with jobs, family, divorce, etc.  I started up again when I was around 65 ior so, I’m 73 now.  I never had as much free time till later in life so reloading fills that space.  I spend hours developing loads and squeezing out every ounce of accuracy from my rifles.
Link Posted: 1/21/2023 6:23:26 AM EST
I claim tops. Started with "?" Lyman shotshell  and a hammer out the primer Lee 30 Carbine in about 65/66. Just finished a few 243 the other day. 65-2023=58yrs
Link Posted: 1/21/2023 7:26:07 AM EST
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Originally Posted By chevrofreak:
I taught myself reloading at age 33 or so.  I am 40 this month.
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But at least you had the internet to help you, no such thing when I started.
Link Posted: 1/21/2023 11:08:14 AM EST
I started reloading at 24 years old, in 1974.  So I've been stuffing bullets, powder and primers into cases for 48 years......
Link Posted: 1/22/2023 2:09:28 AM EST
I'm 41 but been reloading since I was in my mid/late 20s.
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