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An official source for reloading informationis the NRMA.

Although handloading is a hobby for most sport shooters, it is a very serious business for those companies that manufacture the components and equipment which go into it. For them, the matter of establishing industry standards and promoting the hobby are important. The result has been a group known as the National Reloading Manufacturers Association, and in an effort to expand handloading and the fundamental knowledge of it the association has produced various aids for both reloaders and dealers. These are available at nominal prices which shouldn't turn anybody off.

To begin, there's a booklet called Discover Reloading (not a bad name) which can be picked up for just $2.00. It covers the beginner's need-to-know stuff for handgun, rifle and shotgun. There's a reloading safety folder included.

Another inexpensive publication from NRMA is a reading course outline which was put together mainly for those instructors who teach reloading classes. It's also a two buck item, and it could jibe nicely with hunter safety courses.

Something that plagues reloaders is the absence of a bench in modern houses. NRMA comes to the rescue a $3.00 instruction outfit detailing the construction of a It's called the Reloading Plan, and is ready for mailing Dealers might find this one beneficial as a sales item for the buyer who never would write for one on their own.

One of the newest aids from NRMA is a massive compilation of all reloading catalogs in one fell swoop. It's published under the style of Reloading Catalog of Catalogs and includes every major, leading manufacturer's catalog under one catalog. Get one of these and you'll not have to send away for them individually. Nor will you have to track them down separately when they get strewn all over the shop. This collection comes from NRMA for just $4.00.

As you get into the higher-priced materials, you find a half-hour VHS cassette covering all reloading basics with close-in photography. It sells for $24.95 and wouldn't be a bad item for an advanced gun shop that employs a VHS viewer or a classroom situation.

For instructors who work with youth groups, hunting clubs or hunter safety, NRMA supplies a 51 picture slide show which, accompanied by recorded sound on a cassette tape, goes for an even $25.00. This makes the NRMA program quite versatile, as there are still a lot of slide projectors available in many homes, businesses and schools.

Are you interested in a bibliography of handloading books, films, and other literature? The National Reloading Manufacturers Association has that too. Known as the Reloading Source Guide & Check List, and having list of reloading supplies, it comes to you for only $1.50.

Where can you get these

helpful publications?

From the NRMA's offices. Merely write Bill Chevalier, Executive Secretary, Suite 101, 4905 S.W. Griffith, in Beaverton, Oregon 97005. Or if you need some quick help for which the association might be of service, phone (503)646-1384.

Just how good is this organization? When you consider the names behind it you'll surmise it's the tops. The current President of NRMA is J.B. Hodgdon of the well-known Hodgdon Powder Company. Vice President is Don Burton, who is the Supervisor of Smokeless Powder Works at Hercules. Randy Brooks, who runs Barnes Bullets, serves as the Association treasurer. Directors are Bob Nosler from Nosler Bullets; Bob Hodgdon, again of Hodgdon Powder; Art Peters, who is with Blount-RCBS; from MEC comes Bob Bachhuber, son of Ted Bachhuber, who got the whole MEC thing started; John Delaney, the Lab Supervisor for Hercules; Sierra Bullets placed Bob Ellison on the board; and from Barnes Bullets, Randy Brooks. That's a considerable wealth of knowledge and experience in the reloading trade, and it's good to have them sharing a mutual interest in the business' goals rather than clawing at each other's throats. What they're doing should benefit every dealer - if he's sharp enough to take advantage of it ! Whenever something new pops up in sport shooting, those who are enthusiastic about the new sport boom it as "the fastest growing shooting sport." But often the popularity fizzles quickly, or else the sport peaks, then settles back to something less than truly spectacular. For example, when rifle silhouette came along there was much ado about it, with claims being announced that it was the fastest growing, etc., etc. It didn't take too long for us to learn that centerfire rifle silhouette wasn't going to spread like wildfire, however, because the space needed for it simply wasn't obtainable in many areas of the country. Where I live in the populous Midwest, for instance, no dealer could earn enough to feed his pet beagle with the profits from rifle silhouette products.

But one shooting sport that can legitimately claim the "fastest growing" title is Sporting Clays. It can be shot almost anywhere, and that's just what's happening. Sporting clays courses are being set up, and my understanding is that the shooting industry couldn't be happier with the new action this game is generating. The only reason why a dealer can't make some good money on this surge of sporting clays is because of his or her own ignorance. Those folks who operate sporting clays courses tell me that they're turning out plenty of the hunter-type folks who wouldn't have thought of shooting skeet or trap. Likewise, the shooters who get interested in sporting clays tend to gravitate to new guns specially made for the game, or else hunters shed their pumpguns and show up with over-unders or autoloaders. Whatever. The game is pumping money into the shooting industry, and if you as a dealer have ever toured a sporting clays set up, get out there so you'll know what you're talking about.
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Title Annotation:National Reloading Manufacturers Association
Author:Zutz, Don
Publication:Shooting Industry
Article Type:column
Date:Mar 1, 1990
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