Lets see. I have hunted and shot since I was a wee boy, about 8 years old. Of course I spent quality time with my dad and I didn't get to do much until I was older. He was a real stickler for gun safety rules. I really didn't have unsupervised time with guns until I got out of college and bought my own. His guns, his rules but we had great times. No accidents or close to any so far. I came here from the Guns and Ammo forum to get away from those jerks. They criticized almost every post I made and called me names, idiot, moron, mall ninja, whore, retard, etc... I just got tired of it. No one could know anything about guns except the few self appointed experts that posted there. The final straw was when several people, on purpose, gave me advice for fixing a problem that would damage a gun. Enough of that. My father taught me to shoot when I was young and he was active in the civilian marksmanship programs. By the time I was 14 I had progressed to the highest level offered to children in those NRA shooting leagues I still have a trophy which is labeled expert or marksman or something. I also shot pistol, skeet, and hunted when I was young. Okay now I am 55 and that was a long time ago. I have hunted and shot a lot since then. I usually hunt for whitetail each year and sometimes turkey and squirrel if I don't see a deer to shoot. I also shot in skeet competition matches for several years. I could usually shoot somewhere from 94 to 100 in most tournaments. Never a 400 though. I reloaded a LOT of shotgun shells. I also reload pistol and rifle shells. The list includes 30-06, 270, 303, 32 special, 30 cal, 308, 220, 22-250, and pistol, 9 mm, 38 special, 357, 45 auto, 45 colt, 32 sh and 32 long. I am really into accuracy and doing it right. Where am I going. I would like to get a 300 win mag rifle and a good scope for hunting deer long range. That requires some money I don't have right now so I am waiting on the brinks truck to arrive. lol. Meanwhile I am using what I have and exercising so I can climb those mountain ranges and then climb the next one over then dragging a deer all the way back to my truck. I get tired just thinking about it. I also want to shoot some deer and bear at close range with a pistol. Thats a black bear. I think my 357 is up to shooting a deer but perhaps not a bear. I will likely buy a good pistol in larger magnum caliber when the brinks truck arrives. One of those big 45 cal mags I expect. A revolver is good for me. If I do so I will be up a tree. I just feel safer up a tree shooting a bear than standing down where he is. People say I type too much also. I am a life member of NRA and request any non members to join. I also belong to Isaac Walton Conservation League. Thats just a bunch of old men and women getting together to talk about fishing and shooting and hunting. We have a lake and a rifle range to do same but no hunting is allowed on the property. dad taught me: 1. always keep you gun pointed in a safe direction. 2. verify your target. 3. know where the bullet will stop if you miss. 4. keep the safety on until you are ready to shoot. 5. Once you shoot you cannot call the bullet back. 6. obey all the ules. 7. do what your dad told you to do. watch your breath, squeeze the trigger, take your time. Things he taught me he didn't know about. 8. don't smoke in the woods if you want to see deer. 8.5. Don't take your all metal zippo along. 9. don't eat sardeens for lunch if you expect to see deer. 10. don't carry a metal thermos with a metal lid if you want to see deer. 11. don't sit out in the open if you want to see deer. 11.5. Don't pick a spot where you can see the most territory. 12. don't dress like Santa Claus for deer season. lol. I'll see you in the woods, first. Last year a hunter walked within 10 feet of me and never saw me. Not sure how he expects to see a deer if he cannot see me with rifle, and scope just laying there in the leaves. Okay I had full camo on w gloves, hat and mask but geez, 10 feet. Joe.