I was born and raised in California. In 1964 I enlisted in the Marine Corps and retired in 1994. After retiring from a second career, I settled in Gardnerville, Nevada. I began hunting and shooting at the age of 5 with a BB gun. My first “real” rifle was a Stevens single shot .22 that came as a Christmas present when I was 7. In 1957, my dad ordered a M1903A3 at a cost of $17.85. The rifle is in the gun safe along with my Dad’s ’03. Dad was a competitive pistol shooter and took the time to teach his children responsible gun ownership, safety, and shooting accurately. Prior to entering the Marine Corps, I shot in club matches with a pistol. For some reason the older men didn’t like a young teenager cleaning their clock on the range. While in the Marine Corps my shooting was limited to qualification with rifle and pistol. Qualifying as a rifle and pistol expert wasn’t all that difficult. In preparation for retirement, I started shooting bench rest matches in SOCAL. This competition taught me a great deal about rifle accuracy, reading conditions, and the importance of precision reloading. My best group in match competition was a .101” and that was backed up by a .115”. Bench rest set the standard for all of my hunting rifles. In 1993, Rifle smith Bob Sutton built my dream rifle; a switch barrel 280 Ackley Improved, 338-06 Ackley Improved based on a Winchester M70 action. The 280 is deadly accurate; 300 yard groups of less than 1” are common in good conditions and the 338-06 isn’t far behind. In 2007, the 280 harvested a very nice Nevada Mule deer at 440 yards, in windy conditions. A follow-up shot was not needed. My comfort zone with this rifle is inside of 500 yards. My current projects are a 300 RUM and a 270 WSM. The 300 is being set up for long range Elk. 100 yd groups are just a little over .500” shooting 180gr Nosler @ 3300fps. This rifle and ballistics for the load will extend my comfort zone to 800 yards for Elk. The 270 WSM needs some work, starting with a new Jewell trigger. Factory loads are shooting a little over 1”.