When I started reloading and going to the Cresap rifle club range in 1980 was my first interests in accuracy and long-range shooting (100 yds,) then with my Winchester 70a Alaskan 30-06. Along with the prodding of Co. Bartgis who made everyone feel welcome, he being the range master. Shortly after a friend invited me to the Monocacy Pistol Club monthly meeting, I joined and shot bullseye pistol for 24 years and then moved out of the central part of Pa. to So Central Pa. where not much pistol shooting was happening, At this time I joined a club that had 800 yds. A friend invited me to try groundhog shooting at 2,3, and 500 meters in 2005 and that was the beginning of my LR interest starting out with a Savage .22-250 FV, now with the 6mm br and creedmoor etc. etc. etc.I read elsewhere in a thread about the division and the lack of manners for one another we have these days. It made me think about why I came to this thread or any others. We all have a story about what made us interested in shooting distance, share your story if you are inclined. We have a common interest but how we each arrived there could make for some interesting stories.
I have hunted since I was a boy, starting out with my dad's Ruger .44 pistol or my 30-30 Marlin. Like many on here I spent some time in the military as a young man and was exposed to that plastic M16A1. Growing up and hunting in the Ozarks, I had never taken a shot over 125 yards. The fact that I could routinely hit a silhouette from 50 to 300 meters with that little bullet out of my plastic rifle was pretty cool for this hillbilly. I would have to say that is where I first became interested in shooting distance. Share your story if your inclined