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I was born in Missisppi and grew up in Indiana. I play trumpet for The Starlighters Big Band, Twilite Nites Dance Orchestra, and Connection Pointe Brass, which is what we call the "horn line" at Connection Pointe Christian Church of Brownsburg, Indiana. My bride of 41 years and I have two terrific grown children. Our son is a recent graduate of Indiana University and is beginning his teaching career in northern Indiana. Our daughter is a "big rig" over-the-road truck driver. My first reloading stations were Lee Classic Loaders in .38 special, .357 magnum, 9mm, and 12 gauge. I still use the 12 gauge Lee Loader to finish off my black powder paper shells. It does the best job I have ever seen -- crisp edges, packed hard and ready for smoke to roll out of the muzzle! I like old-fashioned stuff. My single stage press is an antique Herters that my sister-in-law bought for me at a yard sale for $4. It included lots of other reloading goodies worth a heck of a lot more than $4, for sure. I still load metallic cartridges 50 at a time, looking down into each case with a flashlight to make sure they all look alike. Alliant Power Pro 300-MP is about the only modern thing I use, and that -- out of necessity, as I cannot get Alliant 2400 any more. I went down the 300-MP road "kicking and screaming," but now I'm glad I did. It is AMAZING in .410 shotshells, as well as a great powder for heavy .357 magnum loads. I am approaching 2,000 fps with 150 grain hard cast bullets with virtually no leading of the bore! Other than that one modern powder, I use mostly older powders: Promo (same as Red Dot), Hodgdon Longshot, and (of course) the "holy black." I don't seem to have a need for any other powders. Having read Brian's Forums for several years, I am anxious to engage in some give-and-take here. I am finding this group to be friendly, certainly friendlier than some of the other forums. So many times on other forums someone will ask a question, only to be met with some sort of criticism or a know-it-all who just likes to flap his keyboard 'gums.' That is uncalled for, and it turns newbies off. I appreciate the friendly spirit of many of the posters I have read on Brian's Forums. I hope to learn a lot and maybe even share a point or two. Later Gators, Greg Hodnett