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I just scored some more HP-38 at a Cabela's grand opening. I shoot old revolvers a lot - 38, 32 S&W Long and recently 38 Smith and Wesson. Light loads for fun. I looked at the total weight of the powder and my average load size and my age and realized that I now have a lifetime supply of HP-38. I guess that is good and bad news...
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:53 AM
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How much did the powder canister weigh? Are you an elephant hunter, based on your handle?
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" my average load size and my age and realized that I now have a lifetime supply of HP-38. I guess that is good and bad news..."

....that's given only a limited set of input #s which themselves are highly malleable....and with improved speed loaders/moon clips/etc the rate of consumption can be seriously increased....

Actually I just took a close look at my own consumables. May have to adjust my range time a little more closely....
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I just bought 8 lbs (which I really did not need).

I'm taking it all with me! Either I go up in a big ball of flames or the grass will grow well.
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8# of fast-med powder goes along way in anything at target vel. Just depends on how much you shoot. 12000rds could be 1yr or 10yrs Ifor some. I would wager 90% of shooters/reloaders fall into the 1yr catagory.
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As the powder drought set in a few years ago I found and bought a 8 pound canister of WW231, this to go with 3 or 4 one pounders sitting on the shelf already. As I was cleaning out the barn in preparation for moving, I found an old 15 pounder from the late 80's or early 90's. WW231 is my standard loading powder for handgun and sub-gun ammo so I have a 30,500 load reserve. That's about 10 years of handgun shooting. Now to get some more bullets!
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:23 AM
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I realized the same thing for my stash of lead for casting. I also figure I have enough powder and primers too for more years than I want to think about. I think the same is true for 22 LR. I now have about 22,000 rounds with 10,000 more on order from CMP. At 70 I'm going to try and use it all up, but my son and grandkids will most likely get a lot for their shooting.

Oh, I also have too many guns. Hmmmm, maybe that's ok. He's waiting for them too. I wonder if I need another M1?
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I just scored some more HP-38 at a Cabela's grand opening. I shoot old revolvers a lot - 38, 32 S&W Long and recently 38 Smith and Wesson. Light loads for fun. I looked at the total weight of the powder and my average load size and my age and realized that I now have a lifetime supply of HP-38. I guess that is good and bad news...
I'm in the same boat. As I get older I think of some of the things I'll never have to do again. Like you, I have enough powder to last until I'm way too old to use it. About the boat we're in though, that's not true, that particular boat was in a mysterious accident and went down somewhere in Lake Superior with all my guns on it.

Being a "senior" reminds me of a news story that was on a couple days ago. Apparently "senior citizen" is no longer PC. We're now supposed to be called "old people" Highly insulting, if you ask me.
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As I get older, I'm measuring more and more stuff by whether or not it will last me the rest of my life.

I have enough primers, powder and bullets. Way too many guns.

I've bought my last car, put the last roof on the house, raised the last kid and already worked the last day of the last job.

Now we see which lasts longer, my stuff or me?
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I realized the same thing for my stash of lead for casting. I also figure I have enough powder and primers too for more years than I want to think about. I think the same is true for 22 LR. I now have about 22,000 rounds with 10,000 more on order from CMP. At 70 I'm going to try and use it all up, but my son and grandkids will most likely get a lot for their shooting.

Oh, I also have too many guns. Hmmmm, maybe that's ok. He's waiting for them too. I wonder if I need another M1?
Good luck with CMP my order is well over 1 year now!
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I have really ramped up my shooting over the last couple of years. I shot over 3,000 rounds last year and will exceed that handily this year. I started 3-gun competitions in which you shoot about 100 rounds each of pistol and rifle (5.56 mm) and 75 rounds of shotgun. There are 8 or 9 of these competitions locally each year. That is almost 2,500 rounds which does not include any for practicing. I have also shot well over 1,000 rounds this year 10 at a time, testing reloads.

If I kept up that pace, I would need enough reloading supplies for 140,000 more rounds to last my lifetime, assuming I live to see 80.

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I am far from a lifetime supply of 45 or 9mm. It is only lightly loaded old revolvers that I could feed forever. And only with powder, still working on my stockpile of projectiles.
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I stopped hoarding empties a couple years ago and instead hand them over to any younger shooter who might be on range at time I leave. Also giving away bullets and other components I have accumulated over the years and unlikely to ever use.
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As I get older, I'm measuring more and more stuff by whether or not it will last me the rest of my life.

I have enough primers, powder and bullets. Way too many guns.

I've bought my last car, put the last roof on the house, raised the last kid and already worked the last day of the last job.

Now we see which lasts longer, my stuff or me?
On man! Does that ever hit home.

Retirement without a defined benefit pension and just a lousy, beat-up 401(k) or IRA plus SS forces one to think that way. There is a set amount of money left, more or less (that is, if you are lucky and manage not to lose it), and it has got to last until you kick the bucket or else.

So everything I buy these days must be measured using its... and my... expected lifespans.

It's not the little things so much, like toothpaste and toilet paper. Rather, it's the big things like cars, equipment, lawnmowers, appliances et al. And like you say, even things like roofs, paint jobs, tires and bulk ammo or reloading supplies fall into that category.

My dwindling little IRA says I'm probably not going to make it. I just knew I should have gone to work for the government instead.
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I am in the same boat as the rest of the seniors who posted. To many components, powder, primers and surplus ammo in 8mm, 303, 7.62X51, 7.62X54R, 9mm and 45 ACP than I will ever use. I did start selling off the 7.62X54R, 8mm. 7.62X51 will go next.
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I stopped hoarding empties a couple years ago and instead hand them over to any younger shooter who might be on range at time I leave. Also giving away bullets and other components I have accumulated over the years and unlikely to ever use.

I would like your schedule of range times and range so I can visit that range and collect! LOL
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Well, here's hopin' you stick around long enough to use up all that 8 lbs.!
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Just finished reloading a 700-round batch of 9mm and I'm coming to the end of my 8lb jug of HP38.

The good news is I have an unopened case of 10x1lb jars left. According to my log, if I continue shooting at the current rate those 14,000 9mm and 45ACP rounds look like a 3yr supply.

Given HP38 on the TBD list, hopefully I'll need to switch to a different powder at that time
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I'm in the same boat. As I get older I think of some of the things I'll never have to do again. Like you, I have enough powder to last until I'm way too old to use it. About the boat we're in though, that's not true, that particular boat was in a mysterious accident and went down somewhere in Lake Superior with all my guns on it.

Being a "senior" reminds me of a news story that was on a couple days ago. Apparently "senior citizen" is no longer PC. We're now supposed to be called "old people" Highly insulting, if you ask me.
Well I am offended but then now days everyone is offended about something it seams.
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On man! Does that ever hit home.

Retirement without a defined benefit pension and just a lousy, beat-up 401(k) or IRA plus SS forces one to think that way. There is a set amount of money left, more or less (that is, if you are lucky and manage not to lose it), and it has got to last until you kick the bucket or else.

So everything I buy these days must be measured using its... and my... expected lifespans.

It's not the little things so much, like toothpaste and toilet paper. Rather, it's the big things like cars, equipment, lawnmowers, appliances et al. And like you say, even things like roofs, paint jobs, tires and bulk ammo or reloading supplies fall into that category.

My dwindling little IRA says I'm probably not going to make it. I just knew I should have gone to work for the government instead.
I hear that on the pension, IRA and SS. A few years before I knew I was going to retire I started stocking up. It was real easy when I had the money. Glad I did. Planning has made it really easy on the shooting. Also started casting my own pistol bullets and got free lead. Now I am down to just under $4 per 100. I may get laughed at at an IDPA match with my smokey lead bullets, but when I told the laughers what they cost me as they shoot their store bought stuff they stopped laughing.
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I just got 8# of Bullseye and had a similar reflection... Then I looked at how my hands shake at the powder measure and realized that maybe I should shop for another 8#...
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My personal observations are:
  1. No matter how much money I made, it was never enough. But, the money always lasted until the next payday.
  2. Democratic presidents have resulted in powder and primer shortages.
  3. It makes no sense to die rich.
I stocked up on powder and primers when Obama was elected the first time because I learned from Clinton. Ten years ago, because of circumstances, I bought 5+ cases of 22 LR ammo that will last our lifetimes (me and my wife). In the last several months, I've learned that Actuarial Tables predict that I have an excellent chance of living to 85. My family history tells me that 75 is a realistic number.

If I see age 85, powder and primers won't be an issue, but the mental ability to reload could be in question. The money will be available for shooting fees. The buckets of range bullet scrap will provide sufficient projectiles if I start casting now while I am able. The gun selling begins this weekend.

My on going task is spend more time at the range.
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I too have some reloading supply's that will out live me. I just have to agree with the last post, that at some point my mental and physical dexterity may become an issue. I thought long and hard about this and have come up with the following solution. I reload an extra 100 rounds at every session and put that ammo away for the golden years. As a secondary plan provided ammo will still be able to be purchased 10 or twenty years from now I plan to spend my kids inheritance on ammo.
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This old age and dying thread is getting me depressed....I think I will just go chase some young gals........well..that didn't work so well. Guess I will go get another lb of Bullseye and count another wrinkle. I can handle that!
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Dad had it worked out pretty well. When he died at just under 90, he was down to just enough cash to provide a decent burial, a seven year old truck with less than 25,000 miles showing, and half interest in a modest house. His back up was 50% mineral royalty on a farm that he sold some years prior. I had leased the farm for drilling just before the oil price drop. So much for that.

I recently had a serious itch for a bolt .223. I have a single shot TC and a reasonabally accurate Mini-14. I did my research and decided on a new Sako sporter. At $2000 per copy, I decided that the Sako did not amoritize out very well for a 77 year old guy. CZ will do much better.

I'm not going to sell the guns. I have some knowledgeable heirs. In today's economy the guns are appreciating much better than money in the bank. Some I have tagged for passing on to daughters, their husbands, and grand kids. The rest, they can sell.

I have a good bit of ammo. I find that going to public ranges is an unpleasant experience. I do what shooting that I do when I go to visit either of my daughters' ranches. One is a real rancher and the other has an interest in a game preserve/lodge.

Truthfully, I have already lived longer than I expected. The rest is a bonus that I hope to enjoy, realizing that I do very few things as well as I used to do them.

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"Well I am offended but then now days everyone is offended about something"

...what with the demands of ever increasing range time, reloading schedule, ferreting out components and staying ahead of Mr. Rigor Mortis in all ways possible, I just don't have time to get offended.....
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I am far from a lifetime supply of 45 or 9mm. It is only lightly loaded old revolvers that I could feed forever. And only with powder, still working on my stockpile of projectiles.
With WIN 231/HP-38 virtually unavailable (around here, anyway) I was able to find what is now known as "Hodgdon's" HI-SKOR 800-X locally and at $24 per lb.

I was amazed to find published load data (albeit under the former IMR designation) for almost everything from .25 ACP through .45 Long Colt!

Yes, that includes the following:

.380 ACP
9mm
.38 S&W Special & .357 Magnum
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10mm
.44 Magnum
.45 ACP

All in what I consider to be most reasonable charge weights, i.e., 10.9 GR HI-SKOR 800-X for a 110 GR Hornady XTP in .357 Magnum @ 1,475 fps & 33,600 C.U.P.

This might help in acquiring that elusive "lifetime supply": I know it should get me to the end of the decade. A lot can happen between now and then.

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I never thought I'd see the day that the 36 month warranty on my car would come up before the 36,000 miles. But now it has. No where to go, I guess. The range is a couple of miles, the grocery store is 3. I can put a tank of gas in my little car and it can last most of the month.

But I can still sit down at the reloading bench with my powder funnels, scales, and dies and feel like a mad scientist. I used to only load 9mm. Then I bought a .380 and found out what factory .380 ammo costs, so then I loaded 9mm and .380. Then my neighbor, the tinkerer, came over with a box of parts which he had hoped to turn into a .223. He's headed back home to NY and thought I might want the AR-15 parts.

So now I will load .223. RCBS box came yesterday.

But I swear that I am going to stick with 9mm, .380, and .223 only.

Now I have to go read the thread about reloading .22LR.

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I've managed to have what I consider a reasonable pension with a few extra bucks thrown in by a couple very small 401k's and an extremely small SS benefit. I call the small ones beer money.

I still have a car payment and very small mortgage and all the other bills all people have like power, gas and garbage pick up.

My main budget is enough to keep shooting and taking cruise vacations twice a year. So far it has all worked out.

Like I said in a previous post, I have enough powder to last until I'm 100 I'm able to shoot as much as I want.

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Like lots of the people with the shortages a while back I was able to collect enough powder to last my lifetime, I have plenty of lead and cast my own so projectiles are not an issue. I might need a few more primers down the road.

My real concern is as I age is focus and manual dexterity at the reloading bench. I'm concerned with making mistakes as I get in my latter years. To offset that as someone mentioned above I find myself increasing my production and inventory of completed rounds while I'm still at 100%. My hope will be that once I stop reloading, that I'll still have many years of loaded ammo. I should be good to go well into my 80's God willing.
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I am in the home stretch for retirement. I have bought all the equipment to reload including all the dies for every caliber I own. I have bought, for me, a lifetime supply of powder and primers (20# and 20,000). I have never reloaded a single round, but it is on my list of hobbies for when I retire. I am still working down my factory ammo. I can't wait!
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You got me to thinking. I only have 5 lbs of 231/HP38 on hand. That's 35,000 grains. At an average of 4.5 gr. per round (I load .32, .38, 9mm, and .45 with it), I can load 7777 rounds. Over a year that only amounts to 648 rounds per month. I need to be searching for more 231.
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Load some .30-06, and switch to .38 S&W.
When I first started loading for the Webley, I kept checking the weight. So little powder. I just got some W231 from Cabela's, for the little loads. Out of necessity I had worked up a load using Titegroup.
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Old 09-07-2015, 01:12 PM
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This thread got me to thinking, does anyone remember the old 25 pound kegs made from a cardboard round drum?
Dad used to buy it many years ago.
Also we had a gun shop that sold powder in paper sacks by the pound dipped from these barrels.
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Yup, John R. I remember milsurp 4831 and 4895 in paper bags for 50 cents. Primers by the box for 40 cents (less if you bought 1000) Jacketed rifle bullets for about 3 bucks and half jacketed pistol bullets for about the same. I hung out in the local shop and the owner taught me to reload and cast bullets. We would load ammo all week (after school) and then on Sunday, instead of going to church, he and his sons and I would go out to the gravel pit and shoot all morning. Good flashback!
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All this talk about mortality, well I got one for all of you. I'm probably the only former worker in my company living here in Louisiana. So each year the powers that be pay some guy about $125 to come to my house to make sure that I'm still alive. Asks about three questions and checks my divers license to make sure I'm me and out the door. I call it the "I'm alive program". Frank
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But I can still sit down at the reloading bench with my powder funnels, scales, and dies and feel like a mad scientist. I used to only load 9mm. Then I bought a .380 and found out what factory .380 ammo costs, so then I loaded 9mm and .380. Then my neighbor, the tinkerer, came over with a box of parts which he had hoped to turn into a .223. He's headed back home to NY and thought I might want the AR-15 parts.

So now I will load .223. RCBS box came yesterday.

But I swear that I am going to stick with 9mm, .380, and .223 only.

Now I have to go read the thread about reloading .22LR.
Oh yeah, you got the fever. Wait until you buy a 25 caliber vest pocket pistol just so you can get the dies and see what it feels like to reload such a small case!
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