Being a firearms, shooting, and reloading enthusiast I wanted to put together a web site where people of similar interests could gather to search, explore, find answers, and share their knowledge and experiences of reloading with others.
The site was transformed in November of 1999, from a small personal web page to having it's own domain name and has been growing ever since. After many requests, in January of 2000, I added The Reload Bulletin Board. With over 3500 registered members, and an average 50 new members per month, the combined reloading knowledge and experiences is tremendous. Certainly worth checking out for beginners and old pro's alike.
The growth over the last five years has been incredible and while I still personally maintain and finance this site, some of the bulletin board members have helped to defray the expenses that are associated with this site through their generous donations by becoming Sponsors. This funding helps to keep the site on a server that does not include any annoying popup windows and/or unrelated advertisements.
The support from these Sponsors has also allowed me to include a searchable Bullet and Cartridge Database, which includes various information on nearly 1200 bullets, including ballistic coefficient and sectional density, and over 600 cartridges, including cartridge dimensions and pressure limits. By January of 2005, the Shooting Range/Club Database should be complete and will include nearly 2700 shooting ranges and clubs throughout the United States.
With the support, creativity, and expertise of a handful of members here (who are truly dedicated reloaders) we have collectively designed a new wildcat cartridge called the 264 RLB™. This new wildcat cartridge should prove to be an excellent target, varmint, and deer size game cartridge. We've gotten a lot of positive feedback from the custom shops, die manufacturers, and powder manufactures that we've spoken with.
The prototype rifle for this cartridge is a T/C Encore Rifle. SSK Industries has been contracted to make the barrel which should be complete in December '04. Initial testing of various loads will begin in the Spring of '05. Additional information on the 264 RLB™ is available on the Reload Bulletin Board.
A lot of my spare time (and many sleepless nights) has been devoted to The Reload Bench, which has become personally rewarding to me watching the site grow. I'd like to extend my thanks to all the members and visitors for making this site what it is today. Feel free to email any comments, suggestions, or questions you may have. Enjoy and Welcome to The Reload Bench.
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