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On 4/25/2021 at 9:26 AM, Big Hand Zack said:

Well I'm 31 and I've been reloading since I was 21, self taught. Never had a mentor until I joined a shooting forum online. There are PLENTY of other younger guys like myself who are getting into reloading. 

 

If you frequent any of the Precision Rifle forums, reloading is an absolute must. There are custom ammo companies who will make tuned handloaded ammo for your rifle but you'd either need sponsored or have a hell of a job to afford it. The precision reloading world is currently BOOMING with new products, tech, all sorts of wild stuff. I really don't think thats going anywhere. 

 

Most of everyone I know who shoots IDPA or USPSA more than 1-2 times a year all reload. A lot of the young guys are wanting to get into reloading if they have already. 

 

I think reloading is far from being a lost art. What IS becoming a lost art, is the way of the rifle, like Jeff Cooper wrote a book about. Fast, efficient, open sighted shooting from ranging distances and field positions. These days its 3-gun madness, combat/self defense style shooting, or precision long distance behind a $2k scope.  The only caveat to this is there is a good amount of odd positional shooting in leagues like PRS 

 

But with the plethora of excellent scopes/dots and other sighting systems...why stick with irons?  Thats like bemoaning the use of cartridge guns instead of muzzleloaders surely?   As a specialised interest..great...go for it... but to suggest everyone else is somehow doing it wrong seems a bit much....

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If the importance of reloading isn’t learned this time around it never will be. 

I also have have heard a lot of people in my area say that reloading is a waste of time, just buy it and have it delivered.  Now that ammo is almost impossible to find, and the prices are crazy, many

In normal times, 9mm and .223 is cheap enough that it really isn't that much advantage to reload when shooting large round counts.     I was at an auction yesterday.   Ammo prices were insane.  B

13 hours ago, Constable Nelson #11784 said:

 

But with the plethora of excellent scopes/dots and other sighting systems...why stick with irons?  Thats like bemoaning the use of cartridge guns instead of muzzleloaders surely?   As a specialised interest..great...go for it... but to suggest everyone else is somehow doing it wrong seems a bit much....

 

Maybe I should have put more emphasis on practical field shooting, and less on the "open sighted" aspect. Obviously I don't think open sights are better than a quality red dot. 

 

That being said, open sights aren't what I would classify as "specialized". I still think every rifle owner who's serious about use should learn how to shoot with them and practice with them occasionally. Not sure if thats what you meant or not. 

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