I just remembered this. When I was a kid, my older brother and his buddies took me along on one of their dove hunts. They set up a reloader on the tailgate of one guys old station wagon and reloaded shells while they shot. Crazy. I hadn't thought of that in many years.
I cleaned up a couple of older 20 gauge reloaders and mounted them to bases. I spent yesterday resizing the bases of all my empty shells. When I first started shooting a 20 gauge I had some empties given to me. They were shot in a gun with a bigger chamber so in my gun they needed to be pushed in. The two reloaders I have for a 20 gauge are a Hornady 366 and a Mec 650.
The fishing here has been great, but my more recent itch for bird hunting has not waned. My neighbor/friend from our prior home in WA is friends with E. Donnell Thomas Jr. and gave me a signed copy of Fool Blue Hen as a "heading to Montana" gift. He knew our lab Ruby (who we lost in February) and knew I was wanting to get more into upland bird hunting. The book is a great read, particularly for lab lovers.
I've been getting some intel from some locals on the opportunities here in the Ruby Valley -- not stellar, but there are some, particularly up in the Ruby Range. We've been holding off getting another dog as things have been real busy. Not sure we'll have one before the start of the season and I may try my luck w/o. They are around as I've had a couple scare the shit out of me along the river.