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bobsimo
12-11-2015, 01:13 PM
Greetings,

My name is Bob Simonson, Jr. Some may recall my Father, Bob Simonson, and the manufacture of custom bullet dies for the bench rest game. Ferris Pindel, a Bench Rest Shooting legend from days gone by once said my Father was one of the three best bullet die makers in the world. Well Ferris, thank you.

When my my father passed away in December of 2014, it was not only a grave loss to my family but to the bench rest shooting sport as well. I came to this forum in 2008 to discuss making dies and/or bullets and there was some interest. However life has a way of sidetracking things. I closed my personal business at the time and a year later return to an old career of security alarm and related services, starting my current business venture, a security and low voltage integration company in 2011. Now with a son in college and moving into my parents old home, I was face with a daunting task of going into the reloading area in the basement, much of it untouched since December 2007. As I began to take stock of the situation, I revisited the idea of rebooting the Simonson Bullet brand.

I make no claims. I haven't shot a bench rest rife in a competition situation since 1981. While I shot with my dad at many a match, even beating him a couple of times (non-sanctioned match, damn it) my pursuits lied elsewhere. I did not pursue the family business of Tool & Die but rather radio broadcasting and technical support of alarms, video surveillance, access control, telephone systems and AV systems were my career. That doesn't mean I lack the skills and resources to build dies and produce match grade bullets, but being out of the game, I have no idea the caliber and design needs of the jacked hand swagged bullets today.

BEFORE I invest time, energy, logistics and external resources in the assembly of existing dies and building new ones, I have ask the blunt question along with the fact finding ones...

DO YOU WANT SIMONSON BULLETS?

And if so, what calibers, designs, quantities and price points?

As for dies, building custom dies is an expensive proposition. My father did it as a labor of love. He had the shop and the machine resources to do it. I would have to use outside resources to build the dies. A little bit more expensive to do. HOWEVER, replacement parts would be accessible from the beginning, if I proceed with the reboot.

If you have ANY suggestions, input or even conceptional ideas, PLEASE, feel free to contact me at bob at millenniumintegrated dot com. I will make every endeavor to respond to your e-mails..... or you can post further comments here. I will attempt to answer as quickly and forthright as I can.

Regards,

Bob Simonson, Jr.
Kalamazoo, Michigan USA

Bill Gammon
12-11-2015, 02:29 PM
I know this is not the answer you where looking for, will leave it to the experts. Bob was a friend and a customer of mine as was Tom Mereidith who was a friend and customer of Bob. I am the co-chair at WWCCA, which is just outside of Ann Arbor MI and attend the Holton matches, just above where you live. I have taken the liberty of adding your name to my mailing list at WWCCA. I know there is a demand for "GOOD" 6mm, .22 cal and in and around about 100gr to 117gr .30 cal bullets and if you produce a "GOOD" bullet for these cal, you will have to fight off the buyers. Just my thoughts. I have sent you an email to confirm your address.

bobsimo
12-11-2015, 05:31 PM
Good?

I am thinking along the lines of GREAT!

Thanks Bill. I confirmed the address. Let's talk soon.

Bob Jr.

bobsimo
12-11-2015, 05:32 PM
Didn't they have matches in Oscoda at the old Wurtsmith USAF Security Police Range as well?

B

Dick Grosbier
12-11-2015, 06:10 PM
I think Francis Becigneul used to hold matches there for one of his clubs. A BR school too.

AndyTaber
12-11-2015, 06:20 PM
Yes indeed. We have moved our 100 yard Score matches to our East Tawas facility. Participation has been steady, but we always hope for more. Francis and Paul show up and keep us on our toes.

bobsimo
12-12-2015, 02:18 PM
Thanks.

Is the old SP range being used in Oscoda? My wife lived there when her Dad was stationed there from late 70's to it's closing. The base was a great base.

AndyTaber
12-12-2015, 02:34 PM
Bob, the old SP range is alive and doing well. The Iosco Sportsmens Club bought the property after the base closed. We have a variety of pistol ranges, dedicated 25,50,100,300 and a 600 yard ranges as well. The ranges are very well used with a variety of scheduled matches.

bobsimo
12-23-2015, 09:21 AM
Bob, the old SP range is alive and doing well. The Iosco Sportsmens Club bought the property after the base closed. We have a variety of pistol ranges, dedicated 25,50,100,300 and a 600 yard ranges as well. The ranges are very well used with a variety of scheduled matches.

Can you PM/Email me a schedule for 2016


Thanks