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Owning rifles is like eating potato chips

Welcome to a great sport that isn't as frustrating as golf. You can enjoy it for the rest of your life, and meet some interesting people along the way.

Five suggestions I would make early on,
1. Be very careful what ammunition you buy for your rifle. Sales clerks in a retail department store worked yesterday in shoes or sterios and are not expected to know anything about rifles and what is the correct ammo for your rifle.
2. Get a set of small foam ear plugs and a set of large shooting hearing protection muffs and wear them both at the same time. The large bang on firing is one of the reasons some new shooters flinch or jerk the trigger on firing.
3. Get either shooting glasses or plan on wearing your sunglasses whenever you are at the range shooting. Your eyes are not replaceable.
4. Don't hesitate to ask fellow shooters on the line a question, or for a suggestion if you are having a problem with anything while you are shooting.
5. Have fun while you are shooting, when you get frustrated or it is starting to become not fun it's time to stop and go to Dairy Queen for a milk shake....

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If your budget can afford it???

One thought that I just considered.. If you have the cash you may want to consider buying a used scoped 22 rifle. Being new to shooting there are a lot of little things that you are going to have to master. None are tough but they each need to become second nature. I think I stink at golf, others that are kind just point out that I should take my clubs out of the basement more than once every 10 years. Shooting is like that, you need to get trigger time and burn some powder. Your caliber is a great one, lots of top performance and it will work for anything on this continent. Now the bad side, 270WSM ammo is expensive. I reload my rifle ammo but I am guessing that you are going to be looking at $30.00 a box(20 rounds). Compare that to say $2.00 a box(50 rounds) for 22LR and the savings will add up very fast. Shooting a 22 will teach you I think 95% of what you need to learn. If you can shoot the center out of a target at 50 yards with a 22, doing the same with a 270WSM at 100 yards will not be a big reach. Same mechanics, just more noise and some recoil saying hello at each shot.

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Reloading never looked so good....

I know that we live in a time where it is easier to pay extra for things to be done for us, but the price of ammo is getting insane. I don't know if it is extra taxes or the ammo companies making a larger Corporate profit. The thought of anyone learning to shoot today with the basic calibers costing around 25.00 per box of 20 rounds is nuts. I was crying the last time I bought a 8 pound keg of powder H414. The shop was discounting it for about 110.xx. There are 7000 gr to a pound, I use around 52 gr per each round of 30-06. The math says I will be crying again in about 1076 rounds. Yes bullets are expensive the Nosler 165gr BTs I like have gone from 13.50 to around 19.00 per 50. Primers are also up but I haven't used up the current stash of 5000 I bought a couple of years ago. What I am saying badly is those of us that aren't reloading yet need to start asap. It is fun and not difficult if I figured it out. Just remember it is easy to reload modern ammo, it is very hard to handload precision ammo taylored to each firearm.

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That does look like it would be a way to save alot in buying factory ammo. The one I looked at was 30-06 150gr for I think it said 15.95. That is about 10.00 per box cheaper than I saw it online at the other destributors. i still think you can save money reloading but you need to have a supply of brass. So you either have to buy factory and shoot it up or buy empty cases then start loading.

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