I started my long range shooting with a Daisy BB gun at about 6 or 7 years old. Long range was a cherry stealing bird out of the top of a black heart cherry tree. I got my first high power rifle when I was 13 years old by earning the money mowing yards all summer. It was a 1903A3 Springfield. I had a relative that was in the national guard and he would bring me a 250 round can of ammo every time he went to guard so I did not need to start reloading that early. I learned to shoot and judge distance with that old rifle. I could kill a groundhog or rabbit as far away as I could see it with those open sights. With the black tip ammo that rifle was very accurate. I started reloading at age 22 when I got my first scoped high power rifle. A Mark X Mauser in 30-06.
1981 I started reloading (at the age of 21) that was also the year I put the "thick part" of a 4x redfields crosshairs on a buck and watched him drop like he was poleaxed, I decided right then that I HAD to learn how to do that on purpose, sent me down a long, winding road (expensive too) finaly in 1998 I found LRH and actualy learned something. Up until then I had to learn what little I knew on my own, or else listen to the guys at the local sporting goods store (you know how that goes)still not into long range yet but I'm gettin there!
I started shooting when I was 7 or 8 years old, I used my Dad's Hi-Standard 22lr pistol to do Quick Draw Mcgraw after I lodged a bullet in the side of my right foot my career was on hold until I was 12.
When I was 12 me and my Dad went deer hunting. On opening morning we hiked to the top of a steep ridge in the dark and found a good place to watch a big saddle, after glassing the area for a few moments my Dad yawned and said he needed a short nap. I used his crappy 7x50 Bushnell bino's to check out everything, 30 minute's later I spotted the biggest buck I had ever seen (a two point that extended a full inch above his ears). I grabbed my dad's custom 7mmRM built on a Sako action. as I pulled the trigger I watched my Dad raise off the ground as quickly as the deer hit the ground. eventhough I was in trouble again I was really hooked after this.
I was an avid hunter and reloader for years but never got interested in the longrange stuff until I started taking my nephew (goodgrouper) with me. he was in his early 20's and I was in my early 40's(I think too old to remember).
We enjoyed going farther back and shooting everytime we went out, buying new gear and faster twist barrel's.
We both achieved the goal of taking an animal past 2000 yds.
Lately though the train got de-railed, I have been bogged down at work and goodgrouper has transformed into a benchrest GuRu.
We are going to make a come back this fall and have the MOAG and the Thunder do several 1000yd + hits on antelope,deer and elk.
you are never too old if you have the desire.
I don't even know when I started shooting - around 6 or so w/ a Crossman air rifle and I killed my first woodchuck w/ it at about 9. As soon as I was allowed to shoot the 22 I had to shoot at crows in plowed fields a quarter mile away (never hit one;)) I got my first Lee Annaversary special loading kit when I was 13. I'm 28 now. I started building up for the long range hunt when I was about 16 but sad to admit that I have yet to make any cool long range shots. At least I think I know my limits.
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --