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    Welcome @rngrfromthemtns! Looking forward to seeing what you end up with and all your progress. Make sure you put your rifle in your profile!

  • Hi, my name is Ramiro Rodriguez, I was born in TX, lived in IL, and now live in Colorado Springs. I have been hunting since was about 13-14, mostly white tail deer in TX. Aside from a 22 my dad had, my 1st hunting gun was a 30-06 that I borrowed from a friend. I killed my 1st deer with it, a 10-point buck, and the gun kicked the shit out of me. LOL. I am a conservative Catholic American that loves his country, love and appreciate the military, and loves to shoot. I am married to my beautiful bride of 20 years and we have 4 kids, 2 about to go to college in 2018.

    I work as an engineering manager in the telecom industry and have been in this capacity for 18 years. I also work part time at my parish as the director of liturgy and funeral liaison.

    I started shooting a local match the summer of last year with a Savage LRH in 6.5x284 Norma and a Nikon buckmasters 4-12x50 scope (don't laugh). Last May I bought a Savage LRP in 6.5 Creedmoor and up until 2 weeks ago, I had that Nikon scope on it. I just put Burris XTR II 5-25 SCR scope and I love it. Unfortunately I don't have a whole lot of time to shoot because my wife and I are starting a new business. I am still doing load development for my LRP since I can't seem to find cheap bullets that are always available.

    I have been reloading for about 4 years but I am still learning about reloading for precision shooting. I use Greg's templates for my shooting log books and have been more than pleased with those, but I am sure I am not getting the most out of them yet. I'd be happy to share what I know if it will help others, but I am mostly still learning, so I tend to ask a lot more questions than to answer them. I am happy to be here and I look forward to learning from all the generous people here.

  • Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself! Better late than never. ;)

  • @orkan Yeah, I have been tide up with trying to get the new business off the ground so I have little time to participate. Today, I decided to take a bit of a break and come and see what is new.

  • Exciting. What's the new business?

  • @orkan Real estate, predominantly rental properties. It started as an idea to help the kids for college, just get a couple of rentals to generate positive cash flow to help the kids with college expenses. Rent some rooms to kids friends and they can live for free while the property gets paid by the rent. But as we looked at one college area, we realized that student rent is between $250-$350/month/student, and we could get a 4 or 5 bedroom house for less than $90K in that area. That means our mortgage payment including taxes, insurance, a percentage for repairs, etc. is around $500 but we could be getting $1000+ in rent. So the light bulb went off and it's now gotten to the point of thinking about converting our 401k and IRA into a self directed IRA, buy some rentals with that $$ and all the rent $$ goes back into the IRA and it grows tax free. Way we figure, getting rentals around a college means a fresh supply of tenants each year, the house gets paid off by the rent, and in 10-15 years the rent is almost 100% profit, minus taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc. Get 15-20 houses near colleges, and in 15-20 years we would have a nice retirement portfolio of properties that we could either continue to rent or sell off as needed.

    It's not sexy, but after the last promotion I got at work with a whopping .8% salary increase, this is something I can do in my spare time, and could potentially allow me to leave my job. Then I'd have time to shoot more. :-)

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    I buy rental properties on the side. It can be a headache at times, but it lets someone else pay the note on your properties. I don't have a real retirement plan other than the rentals. When they are paid for I can retire.

  • Hello!

    My name is Scott, and I currently live up in North Pole, Alaska (yes, it is a real place, and there is a Santa's House.) The nice thing about interior AK is we have a ton of public land, and we have found a few places we can shoot out to a mile. I am an Army Infantry Officer, and am lucky enough to have built relationships with my Sniper section, so we get to geek out sometimes. I am a numbers nerd, and love the science of long range. I am trying to get into hunting, but so far it has been taking my guns for walks in the woods. I look forward to coming back down to the warmer states eventually and calling for coyotes, and enjoying the open space.

    I started trying to get into the long range thing while I lived in CO, but didn't dedicate enough time to it. I then spent a year in GA, getting fundamentals down, and finally bought a bolt gun in 308. Moved to Alaska a year later, and have been up here for 2.5 years now. Still shooting the same tired 308, as she is needing a new barrel. I have had gotten better at long range shooting, pushing my 308 out to 1150m. Still terrible at reading wind, but it makes it interesting.

  • Welcome!

    You can send that 308 to TS Customs for a new barrel. :)

  • Hello, Michael from Colorado here. I am relatively new to long range shooting. I grew up around guns and have been elk hunting my whole life, (my shots have all been under 200 yards or so). I participate in a monthly .22 rifle match, also enjoy shooting my 1911 and some wing shooting in the Fall.

    I recently purchased a Remington 700 SPS Varmint in 308 to replace my old sporterized 1917 in 30-06. So far I have been working on breaking in my rifle and trying different ammunition. I plan on heading to an indoor 100 yard range on Monday to get a nice zero. Hoping to harvest a Mule Deer Doe and Cow Elk this year.

    I joined the site after hearing about it on the Precision Rifle Podcast. I will be getting into reloading this Winter and look forward to learning and participating in the forum.

  • Welcome! Feel free to ask about any and everything!

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  • Hello, my name is Thomas Clendennen. I live in San Marcos, TX. I served a hitch in the US Army before retiring from the US Navy. I shoot competitively in the New Braunfels Schuetzen Verein, Texas State Single Shot Rifle Association, and NRA BPCR plus a couple of local clubs. I enjoy varmint shooting and deer hunting. My handle is the road that runs by the gate to our family ranch.

  • Welcome aboard! I see you finally found the place. ;)

  • Sounds like you have lots of room and opportunities to shoot out there. Welcome.

  • Hey all.
    I'm Marty. I just found this forum after being on the hide and sniper central. I have read several threads and really enjoy the no nonsense attitude as it pertains to long range shooting and marksmanship in general. I am in the army. I have been a marksmanship instructor for a few years. I have spent some time teaching in the USAMU and 1-29 INF in their programs. I am an Army sniper but am reasonably inexperienced when it comes to the long range game. I am always looking to learn and very happy to share and receive any knowledge from y'all here. Thanks.

  • Welcome!

  • Welcome aboard Marty. If I can be of any help, just ask. :)

  • Hi Marty, welcome.:smile:

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  • Hello, this is Toni from Spain. I am 34 years old, I have been hunting since I was able to walk on the mountains with my father and grandfather. My main hobby and the one I know best is the small game with shotgun, later my father bought me a rifle, which I only used to hunt, recently I've been interested in getting the most out of it, ok I am allways pushing my limits. I am totally noob to precision rifles, hope to learn things little by little.

    I am here because I believe in the people of this house and because orkan whenever I have had questions has taken the time to solve them and has been of great help to drive me in the right direction without asking for anything in return.

    I'm sorry for my bad english, I try to translate the best I can.

  • Welcome aboard @toni. :)

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    Welcome @toni!

  • Bienvenido @toni

  • Hi my name is Dave and i have been shooting for over 50 years.Love shooting rifles and reloading.I have been checking this forum out for a while and I like how helpful every one is.Hope I can help add to the forum.Thank's for having me.

  • Welcome Dave!

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    Welcome to GunHive Dave!

  • Welcome aboard. :)

  • Hello all!

    My name is Jamie, I'm 41 years old and live in upstate New York-istan. For about 12 years I worked as a counselor in grief/trauma and addiction recovery. When I got burned out on intervening in the worst moments of people's lives, I went to my other talent and now work as a computer tech for a giant corporation.

    I've been shooting since I was a kid, but that was mostly slingshots and archery. I've learned enough about both of those that I now make my own slingshots and can do pretty much any service on my bows without having to resort to taking them to a shop. A couple of years ago, my curiosity got the best of me so I picked up a crossbow. This was my first experience shooting anything with a scope, and it grew into rifles from there. I had grown up around a bunch of Savage shooters, So I ended up picking up a Savage Axis .308. After doing some work to the trigger it was passable, but certainly not great. I also picked up a Savage mkII FV .22lr. That gun I actually like. I ended up trading in the .308 for a used Howa 1500 .308 and instantly both my precision and accuracy improved immensely. I then picked up a Howa 1500 HCR in .308 and I love it.

    I generally shoot around 150 round per week... 100 with the .22, 40-50 with the HCR. I've read pretty much every article on form and position that I can find, and I find myself reading Orkan's articles on Primal Rights over and over. So when I go out to shoot I'm always trying to improve my form and figure out ways to shrink my groups. Most of my shooting is done in the fields behind my father's house. At 100 yards so far, but there's plenty of space to stretch that out to 3 or 400... hopefully later this summer.

    After joining a couple of other forums, it became pretty obvious that there was a great need to be careful of who was giving good information and who was full of crap. That brings us to now. I like the principles of this site, and the no bs nature of it. I hesitated to join because I feel like I don't have much to offer other than questions for now, but then I figured that if I'm going to ask them anywhere it might as well be someplace where I can get good info without having to wade through a bunch of crap to find it.

    So thanks for reading, and I look forward to adding what I can to the discussions!

  • @jbradt Welcome aboard and I'm glad you joined up and introduced yourself. :)

  • @orkan said:

    @jbradt Welcome aboard and I'm glad you joined up and introduced yourself. :)

    me 2..:smile:

  • Thanks, guys!

  • I guess I'm alittle late to this thread...I'm Josh, I've been shooting and hunting all my life, but just in the past 2 years got serious and started learning all over again. I'm hooked.

  • @jbradt welcome from Texas!

  • Welcome aboard and I'm glad you joined up and introduced yourself. :)
    (Copy and paste is great)

  • Welcome jbradt!!

  • Hello everyone

    My name has is David Randi. I currently live just north of Lakeland, Florida. I was first introduced to firearms by my uncle when I was 9. He took me outback in the woods behind the house and we shot up one of my old toy trucks without moms knowlage. Ahhh good stuff. My next shooting experience was at 14 with my dad and a M1 Garand. Thought that rifle weighed almost as much as me at the time. Beat the crap out of me too!! Only think I knew about guns at the time was the end with the little hole is bad juju. My dad and his friends got a few chuckles but we had a great time and I soldiered through the match. Even manged to actual hit the target a few times.

    After a long hiatus of racing cars and getting into all manner of trouble that a young man finds, yep, Uncle strikes again....... I got back into firearms in 06 with a AR-15 and it' been all downhill since then. Quickly got into reloading thanks to my Uncle Bill😇 again and slowly grew out of my mall ninja tacticool phase.

    Past few years I have gotten really hooked on the PRS type shooting, not that there is a match or range for that matter anywhere near me, but I really like the practical aspects of it. Bench rest never really appealed to me. Other than the challenge of tiny groups, just doesn't click.

    I've been a long time reader and mostly silent lurker on this, snipershide, and various other sites. I go by the same id on pretty much everything. I don't post anything I wouldn't say to your face, so I don't hide behind catchy screen names. I also have a low tolerance for stupid, ignorance fine, you just don't know any better, stupid, nope. My bullshit-o-meter pegs out right fast with that. Which kind of bring me to the point of why I joined here.

    I originally found this forum by reading all the reloading and shooting information on the Primal Rights main page. Then I found the .22 rimfire challenge, (I'll be posting there shortly) and I like the honesty going on. Way to much noise to signal ratio going on at other sites.

    So, hello everyone and if you are ever in my neck of the woods drop me a pm and let's go empty out some excess lead.

    David Randi.

  • Welcome aboard!

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    Welcome David!

  • Welcome David. I have lots of extended Family not too far from you over in MaccLenny Florida and up across the river to Moniac, GA.

    If you have seen the Burnsed Blockhouse you know how long they have been around.

    Out in those woods with my Grandpa, Father and Uncles was my exposure to the culture and hunting.


    Tom Burnsed

  • Never been into Macclenny, but drive past it twice a year for work heading to Jacksonville.

  • Hi, all
    My name is Walter Kujawski,
    walley2960 on most sites. I live in East Jordan MI. A small town in the northern part of the lower peninsula.
    I'm 40, now been shooting 30+ years.
    At 15 I started tinkering/accurizing, loading ammo and such. As things progressed I became more interested in the longer range shooting. A few years ago I started acquiring and replacing gear as I learned more(largely trial and error/internet taught.) My wife is my shooting buddy as she enjoys it as much as I do.
    I'm glad to have found the site.

  • @walley2960 welcome!

  • Hello and welcome. 🙂

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  • Hi there, y'all!

    My name is Nick and I go by Sendit6.5 on Snipers Hide as well. Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm the ranch manager for a large south Texas hunting ranch. I've been hunting since I was old enough to hold a rifle - my parents met on a hunting trip in Europe and both sides of my family have always been obsessed with hunting for generations. I was doomed at birth! LOL! I started guiding hunters in high school and I've been doing it on and off for the past 35 years. I shot competetively as a kid and qualified for Camp Perry twice.....where I was quickly eliminated. Lol!

    My interest in rifles was mostly limited to hunting and until about 14 years ago a 1" group at 100yds was all I needed for the hunting I've done in the US and Europe. I had rifles that shot better than that but I was happy with 1" and factory ammo. Then, I got interested in predator hunting and my world started changing. Suddenly I really wanted as much precision as I could get and I started learning. When I took on my current job, about 12 years ago, predator hunting became part of my job and income along with game management. Suddenly, I was doing a LOT of shooting at animals (predators and culling) and precision became a necessity, along with a need to extend my range and capability.

    I'm by no means a expert and I still feel I have a lot to learn, but I do OK. I've been reloading for a while now but I've really gotten crazy about it the last few years, as my standards really increased. I've come to demand a higher level of precision from the rifles I use regularly and reloading has been a great (albeit frustrating at time) adventure. I managed to develop loads for several factory rifles that enable me to consistently produce sub .5moa groups out to 600yds. One of them is consistently in the mid .3s with handloads. That's with 3 shot groups. As a hunter, and since my shooting has always been geared toward the ultimate goal of hunting, 5 shot groups never held much value to me. If I could consistently take a neck shot on a doe at 400yds, I was pretty happy; and those results were more than enough to let me do that.

    Recently, though, I caught the long range bug and the competition bug. So, I set out to build my first custom - a rifle that's light enough to hunt with but suitable for some competitive shooting. I just got it back but the stock still needs paint and I'm waiting on the scope I ordered for it. I'm going to mount a spare scope on it as soon as I get a chance, since my order won't be in until late October or early November. Hill Country Rifles in New Braunfels did the stock work on it and the test groups with factory Hornady 143gr ELD-X ammo produced groups in the mid .3s. I'm pretty excited to start shooting it and doing some load development for it! My goal, right now, is to become proficient at 1200yds. Maybe then I'll go longer but I prefer to set staggered and reasonable goals.

    I look forward to learning all I can and to sharing what I know if it can help others.

  • Welcome to the hive bud. I'm new here myself but so far can tell you this forum is different than any other. You won't find much bullshit floating around here, what you will find is good people and lots of knowledge.

  • Ok everyone I've been a memeber for a few weeks but havnt yet introduced myself. My name is Jared and I'm from Florence MS, I grew up and still live on a farm and have been obsessed with guns since I was about 8 and have yet to figure out how. No one in my family besides me does much hunting or has anything other than basic knowledge of firearms. I've been into long range precision for the better part of 20 years and been hand loading for around 18 years. I started shooting competitively about a year ago and have competed in several F class matches and one local PRS match. I enjoy the PRS stuff much more but thee isn't many matches local and work makes it tough to travel. So far I've been impressed with this forum and its members, not any bickering or complaining going on here which can't be said for other sites.

  • My name is Wade, I live on the Texas coast near a little town named Palacios. Palacios is the home port for the largest Gulf Shrimp Boat fleet in Texas. At one time we were the largest port for the entire Gulf Of Mexico Fishery I believe. After graduating from college with a degree in mechanics I worked heavy construction as a heavy equipment mechanic for Brown and Root Inc. for several years. The construction boom crashed in the early eighties and my father quit his job with Brown and Root and started a commercial and retail bait business selling mostly shrimp, live and dead for bait and consumption. I transferred to another petrochemical plant and got about a year before I was laid off. I got a call to go to Green River Wyoming from my old foreman but we had just come in from water skiing and he told me it was snowing there. It didn't take too long for me to give him his answer and my dad took me into his business. The next part of my young adult life was on the back deck of a shrimp boat, twenty plus years. I worked for a boat builder several years when I wasn't fishing and started doing mechanical work on boats as well as welding and fabrication not only on my personal boat but for other commercial fishermen. Those years on the boat put me so out of touch with the rest of the world I never did anything that wasn't tied to boats. I shrimped all summer, I caught oysters all winter and when the weather was bad or somebody wanted a boat I would help Melvin, the boat builder down here. I met another fisherman that loved to hunt one winter when I was catching oysters. He got me going hunting with him and I started getting interested in guns. At that time I had a Marlin 30-30 and a couple of 22's and one 22 pistol, a Ruger. My dad also owned a ranch in South Texas that he grew up on that he leased to a rancher and we also had hunters on it in a separate lease. We had hunting rights but I never had time to go but when I met Red and he found out I had a place in South Texas, well you can figure that out. I decided I needed a real rifle so I bought a 6.5x55 Swede from another fisherman friend for $150.00 and we just so happened to have a couple of gunsmiths in our little town so I dropped it off at Dave's and told him make me a hunting rifle. I guess that's what started the snowball down the hill. Dave did a good job on it and i did my first glass bedding job on the cheap Choate stock we used. Red and I started going hunting once a year on our ranch after I got the Swede and I would go with him on his leases as well. Dave passed away a couple years later and I got the bug for a 22-250. I approached another local, Charles White. I told him I want a Mauser 22-250 in a Fajen stock and a year later I got it. I went to his shop once a week and sat on a stool next to him and watched as he worked on different guns. He shared a lot of his craft with me in those visits and it inspired me to give it a try myself. That rifle he built me went hunting a couple of times but mainly sits in the safe or comes out to punch holes in paper some times, too pretty to skin up. Charles died of cancer unfortunately or I would have had a dozen more of his rifles. Like I said, I was out of touch with the world until one day I walked into a machine shop a fellow from Alabama had just opened here. I needed a gear made and if he hadn't helped me I might have quit then and there. I did learn how to use an engine block boring machine in college and we played with a lathe but I have never seen CNC machines or lathes and mills with DRO's. Talk about high tec, in Palacios of all places. After Mark, the owner, repaired this gear box I asked him if it would be possible to come in after hours or whenever and learn the trade. He said I don't need any help but come back in a few months and we will talk. That next fall I drove by and the door was open so in I went. He had a Jet lathe with a DRO on it set up making some parts for a plastics company but was about through and if I came back the next day he had some parts I could try and make that wouldn't get me in any trouble and maybe not destroy his lathe. There are probably some machinist saying oh no, you can't just put a green horn on a lathe and let him drive it! Trust me, we had school for hours before I pulled the lever on that lathe. I made about thirty little round knurled nuts in the following days and never broke a tool. It probably cost this guy ten grand to stand there and teach me but he did it and I will forever be grateful, I was back in touch with the world again. The big reality check was when he picked each one up and measured them and checked the threads I started hearing them hit the chip tray under the lathe. He showed me my mistakes and shrugged his shoulders then he said not too bad for the first time. I think ten or so passed. The next time I walked in his shop I started a two year apprenticeship I guess you would call it. In that time I learned how to draw parts and even found out what a millimeter is. Everything we made was metric, sure easier than inches. I ended up on a milling machine and that's a whole another story. And this is how I started my interest in shooting and reloading. I may write a part two to my introduction.

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