Aside from firearms and reloading, one of my enduring interests is Open Source software; although I could hardly code my way out of a wet paper sack, I can get around. For non-geeks, the Open Source philosophy simply stated is that software code should be shared for others to use and adapt for their own needs; much like us sharing information and knowledge in the art and craft of reloading.
So recently I saw a review of the Hornady Vibratory Trickler and got on a web surfing trail which led me to the AutoTrickler and then to the Open Trickler project. Eric Higgins over at Ammolytics goes way further down the reloading rabbit hole than I am prepared to go at this point, but my I admire his work and methodologies.
I reached out to Eric and asked if he would like to contribute to TRN. He is fully engaged with his own site, but welcomed me to share this project. So here it is, the Open Trickler…
I owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns until 2011 when I bought my first 9mm pistol. That was soon followed by a .380 and a 12 guage pump, and I was all in. I had done some 20 guage reloading growing up, and threw myself into 9mm and .223 reloading in 2017, .380 in 2019 and 7.62×39 in 2020. It is so satisfying to go to the range and string together ever improving groups with ammo I loaded myself; it doesn’t hurt that I’m a little OCD about technical things, the tangible/visible rewards are really gratifying.
I have a nagging but as yet unattained ‘want’ for a .358 Yeti unloader, it just looks like a really cool caliber. My next learning curve, space permitting, is casting and coating.