Got to thinkin',
This site has cost me much more in time than in $. But the time spent is $ and at my age worth much more;)
Time spend: 31 consecutive days in the mountains constantly expecting to the "that" buck or "the" bull with one of the country's better men. I learned more about LRH and LRH equipment, spotting and tenacity than I tho't was possible. I call it tuition.
To make that long range shot the time spent rebuilding/reshaping stocks took some time and learning. More tuition
Developing a bipod concept that "I" could live with is another time consuming education. Cost of an ancient lathe/mill, aluminum, and several cubic feet of chips and the help of others here took a lot of time. More tuition.
Taking pencil drawing class, just me and the girls
, so I could draw birds and stuff while lounging in the woods. It turns out the skill developed was very useful in the development of range charts. More tuition.
Tons of time and sandpaper with the touchup sprayer and airbrush, just to make a pleasing functional finish. More tuition.
Why all of this. Just to enjoy life and get the most out of it. Not to mention making that "one" shot when the opportunity arises.
But I learned that I have to make that opportunity arise. More tuition;)