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All of my hair and chin whiskers have turned grey. I can't bench press 300 lbs anymore. One load of firewood per day is enough when I used to cut 4 or 5. Most importantly my 44 Bisley with hot loads bites my paw worse than it used to. I shot 100 rounds of hot loads last night and my middle finger took a beating from the trigger guard. I don't remember that being a problem in the past. I guess maybe my handshake isn't as firm as it used to be either. It's all good though.....I put the last cylinder full on a pie plate at 100 yards! I'll just have to remember to wrap some 88T tape around that middle finger before the next range session!:tango_face_grin:

I have a date in the deer woods on Saturday and I still haven't lost that desire so all is good with this old man!
 

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I'm starting to get there with you. I used to seek out bigger and bigger guns. The more bark and recoil the better. The hair is graying, the belly is growing, and the big guns are going away.
 

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I'm losing weight, down to 204.4, but a long time ago I found that a SRH recoil is easier on my old body than any SA.
 

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All of my hair and chin whiskers have turned grey. I can't bench press 300 lbs anymore. One load of firewood per day is enough when I used to cut 4 or 5. Most importantly my 44 Bisley with hot loads bites my paw worse than it used to. I shot 100 rounds of hot loads last night and my middle finger took a beating from the trigger guard. I don't remember that being a problem in the past. I guess maybe my handshake isn't as firm as it used to be either. It's all good though.....I put the last cylinder full on a pie plate at 100 yards! I'll just have to remember to wrap some 88T tape around that middle finger before the next range session!:tango_face_grin:

I have a date in the deer woods on Saturday and I still haven't lost that desire so all is good with this old man!
Just part of the ageing problem. All my big guns went down the road a few years ago. Hands hurt a lot what with arthritis and neurathopy going on. I still shoot just smaller calibers.
 

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You are not as flexible as you used to be. The joints, tendons, muscles are stiffer and the recoil isn't absorbed like it was as a young whipper snapper. Same goes for example when you jump off a truck bed. When you was younger, it didn't hurt a bit, now it is likely if you jump off the tailgate, it hurts from the impact.


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Welcome to the Golden Years Club, my brothers, it's just part of life I guess. Since my hands have become old and shaky, and very arthritic, all my handguns recoil more. I've even gotten rid of a couple of the "boomers" and reduced a few loads here and there. I've even had a nightmare or two where my handgun hunting was coming to a close...BUT, I ain't give up! As a matter of fact, just last evening these old hands held my .41 Bisley Hunter in just the right direction and squeezed off a round that dropped a nice doe in a heap. Yes, this 'ol man AIN'T giving up just yet!
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Although I resemble the rest of you, I just got a Blackhawk in .45 LC/ACP. I think it will be ok, but if not, I'll load with Trailboss.
 

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Welcome to the Golden Years Club, my brothers, it's just part of life I guess. Since my hands have become old and shaky, and very arthritic, all my handguns recoil more. I've even gotten rid of a couple of the "boomers" and reduced a few loads here and there. I've even had a nightmare or two where my handgun hunting was coming to a close...BUT, I ain't give up! As a matter of fact, just last evening these old hands held my .41 Bisley Hunter in just the right direction and squeezed off a round that dropped a nice doe in a heap. Yes, this 'ol man AIN'T giving up just yet!
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Atta boy! We have to keep on keeping on as long as we can! Besides hunting and drowning worms I haven't got a lot of fun stuff left that I can do.
 

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Aw crikey, ya'll aren't ever gonna be as young as you are now so just go with the flow and enjoy the ride; and any of you who are retired and the (supposed) masters of your/our time might enjoy some new shooting hobbies. I still enjoy shooting my 4" Mountain Gun, just not with full house loads all the time. It's a lot of fun with mild loads on reactive targets, which is how I recycle cans.

Hopalong7: if I could do that I wouldn't even consider thinking about giving it up.

gpa: you are older than dirt, you said so in another post, so how come you don't know that Rugers are famous for bashing your middle finger knuckle? Remember that turnip truck you mentioned? Ok... So how did your Saturday date in the deer woods go? The weather here for us was miserable and we didn't see a thing, except squirrels and Blue Jays. Hope yours was better.....
 

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I can still handle the big handguns. But where I used to go out and shoot a couple hundred 475s or 500s in a session its more like 20 or 30 today. Used to take them out about weekly and now its every couple months. The handguns are getting a bit tougher to handle. Don't know if its getting old and weaker or the fact I don't shoot them enough to get used to them and after shooting 9mms and 38s for a month or two cranking off a 500 with full power loads is an eye opener. Thankfully I shoot the bigger rifles enough that those aren't a problem YET
 

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Aw crikey, ya'll aren't ever gonna be as young as you are now so just go with the flow and enjoy the ride; and any of you who are retired and the (supposed) masters of your/our time might enjoy some new shooting hobbies. I still enjoy shooting my 4" Mountain Gun, just not with full house loads all the time. It's a lot of fun with mild loads on reactive targets, which is how I recycle cans.

Hopalong7: if I could do that I wouldn't even consider thinking about giving it up.

gpa: you are older than dirt, you said so in another post, so how come you don't know that Rugers are famous for bashing your middle finger knuckle? Remember that turnip truck you mentioned? Ok... So how did your Saturday date in the deer woods go? The weather here for us was miserable and we didn't see a thing, except squirrels and Blue Jays. Hope yours was better.....
You're gonna ride my butt till the cows come home aren't ya? Ha! I can't take it and probably deserve it. Besides you are a ***** cat compared to my wife. She is why I took up hunting and fishing to start with. She always did look good on the back of my Harley though!

Our deer hunting weather was just as miserable! We got almost an inch of rain during shooting hours this past Saturday along with 35 degree temps and a 30-40 mph wind. My tags are degradation tags so I can use them any season. Gonna give it a try next Saturday. Suppose to be cold...down around 10 degrees Saturday morning. Thats to my liking.....it keeps the one weekend a year hunters home on the couch.

I can remember the Ruger trigger guards that are squared off on the back being hard on bird fingers but mine is a Super Blackhawk Bisley with a rounded off trigger guard and it has never bothered me before. I am shooting a very stout load ...24 grains of Lil'Gun and a 240 grain XTP. I think it has more to do with my grip than anything. That comes from being older than dirt and there ain't no getting around it.

I did walk 12.6 miles on Saturday and Sunday. The pheasants were sitting tight in the crappy weather. I got 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. I also got drenched to the bone. However since titanium don't rust my knees are fine and my dog slept real good both nights. The arthritis in my fingers make it so that I can't work those little push button safeties when my fingers get cold so these days so I hunt with a cheap Mossberg 500 Youth model 20 gauge.....only I put an adult size stock on it. It has the thumb safety and my thumbs still work fine. I gave a whopping $125 for it used. I can hold the fence down with it, hunt in the rain with it, club raccoons over the head with it and leave my good guns home in the safe.

As far the turnip truck goes......that's just something that my dearly departed grandpa always said. He had lots of other sayings too but they might aren't fit to put into text on this forum.....some of them are real funny though!
 

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Although I resemble the rest of you, I just got a Blackhawk in .45 LC/ACP. I think it will be ok, but if not, I'll load with Trailboss.

TRAILBOSS" The Geezers friend..................."I know" I are one.:tango_face_surprise

My Handi in 4570 was a pleasure to shoot loaded to max with it. Powder right up to the 405 gr. bullet.
 

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id say the same but swap out the trail boss for bullseye because im a cheap old geezer and I can do the same with bullseye for half the price. never did see the big hoopla over trail boss. Ive loaded rounds like 4570s with red dot, bullseye, unique and herco for years and never used fillers or worried about the case being full.
TRAILBOSS" The Geezers friend..................."I know" I are one.:tango_face_surprise

My Handi in 4570 was a pleasure to shoot loaded to max with it. Powder right up to the 405 gr. bullet.
 

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Yeah, but, but, "Trailboss" sounds so cowboyish....nostalgic.


I am with you, I have loaded some subsonic loads in the 45-70 with bullseye and unique. They shot consistent even with a virtually empty case. Trailboss makes it harder to double charge a case, but if you are diligent with your reloading, that ain't gonna happen anyway.


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yup then even shaped it like some training wheels.
Yeah, but, but, "Trailboss" sounds so cowboyish....nostalgic.


I am with you, I have loaded some subsonic loads in the 45-70 with bullseye and unique. They shot consistent even with a virtually empty case. Trailboss makes it harder to double charge a case, but if you are diligent with your reloading, that ain't gonna happen anyway.


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Aw crikey, ya'll aren't ever gonna be as young as you are now so just go with the flow and enjoy the ride; and any of you who are retired and the (supposed) masters of your/our time might enjoy some new shooting hobbies. I still enjoy shooting my 4" Mountain Gun, just not with full house loads all the time. It's a lot of fun with mild loads on reactive targets, which is how I recycle cans.

Hopalong7: if I could do that I wouldn't even consider thinking about giving it up.

gpa: you are older than dirt, you said so in another post, so how come you don't know that Rugers are famous for bashing your middle finger knuckle? Remember that turnip truck you mentioned? Ok... So how did your Saturday date in the deer woods go? The weather here for us was miserable and we didn't see a thing, except squirrels and Blue Jays. Hope yours was better.....
Killed a big doe yesterday morning! I made a heck of a shot too.......she was almost close enough to hit in the head with a hammer. 50 cent piece size hole going in and a tennis ball size hole coming out. Right through the boiler room.
 

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id say the same but swap out the trail boss for bullseye because im a cheap old geezer and I can do the same with bullseye for half the price. never did see the big hoopla over trail boss. Ive loaded rounds like 4570s with red dot, bullseye, unique and herco for years and never used fillers or worried about the case being full.
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you can just about do anything you need to do with unique except
put it in a bowl with milk for breakfast
 

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I had my Savage .308 sent to MagnaPort in Michigan and recoil was tamed considerably. No more muzzle jump either. I added a Limb Saver pad to the butt stock which also helped a lot. Now my .308 shoots like a dream! Sometimes, us older guys need all the help we can get.

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