I had a chance to speak to Chris Hodgdon himself this year at Shot Show. He had a pretty interesting announcement. This year Hodgdon is going “On The Road”. They and other reloading companies will be reaching out to retailers across the country to teach free beginner reloading classes. He told me some interesting reloading history.
In the 1950’s many in the reloading industry would go out pitch big circus tents in cities across the country and give out popcorn, all with the intention of teaching people the joy and ease of reloading. The industry, not competitors, are trying to come back to their roots and try this again. Their plan is to reach out to retailers and plan free beginner courses for those interested in diving into reloading. I wrote a series on starting down the path of reloading (you can check it here). It is good to see the industry actively reaching to new shooters interested in this addictive hobby
Mr. Hodgdon and I talked about the fun of reloading and the great satisfaction that can be found doing it. I understood exactly what he meant when he talked about the joy of finding that one load for your rifle. Be it hunting, or target. Does not matter if it is getting your tag filled for banging the gong, the satisfaction is always there. The satisfaction stays with you everytime you fire your pet load, for that gun.
In the next few weeks, the Hodgdon site will go live with a page for retailers to request the class. Just fill out the request and Hodgdon should do the rest! Hey, readers let your local retailer know about this program. Growing the local reloading community makes sense. Help grow the community and keep our hobby alive.
Check out their site—-> https://www.hodgdon.com/