I have been into eating meat for longer than I have been into cars. Having a family that eats meat you tend to want to supply them with good table fare. So I have been fishing and hunting to do such a thing. But before the family I was doing that. Prices of ammo got high and I got a winchester model 94 30-30 from dad on his death bed and leftover ammo from the 1980's. The gun had a Redfield 4x scope on it and would shoot under 1" at 100 yards and would hit 4x4 blocks at 200 yards. I had the scope set up for 250 yard zero and that would put it 8" high at 100 yards. I killed many deer with it. A buddy wanted to go hunting and I just got a 308 savage 10FP with accu trigger and heavy 24" barrel. It was less accurate than my 30-30.. I could only get 2.5" from federal ammo. The year was 2009 Well I got some federal and remington ammo for the 30-30 at the same time for my buddy to use. I had copy paper set up at 200 yards with a X in the middle of it and he took a few shots with the new ammo. Miss miss miss. OK so Now I go back to 200 and set up 4 pieces of paper all taped together. miss miss miss. HHHMMM. Moved to 100 yards and tried again.. got 8" to 12" groups. I asked him if he dropped the gun..Nope..I checked scope screws. all tight.. that gun has not shot over MOA since 1974. I had a few rounds of the old 1980's ammo left and it looked pretty bad as it had been handled and in and out of the gun many times. Stuck a round into the 30-30 and fired a shot at 100 yards. 8" high fired another and it printed 1/2" from the other shot. left and right was perfect. Moved to the 250 yard spot and new paper was hung.. fired 2 shots and under 3" right in the middle of the target. HHHMMM this new ammo sucks. I think we had 3 rounds of the old ammo left and he got a nice buck with one shot at over 300 yards. Double lung. That is the year I began handloading. I started with the Lee field loader known as the wack-a-mole. I got my accuracy back with those handloads and got one for my .308..later got a 30-06 and loaded for it the same way. Then the bug hit and i got a real press and it snowballed. And I strive for 1/2 moa in all my rifles. Like trying to get the most power from your car.. little tweaks here and there and lighter rims and tires and so on and so on. Fun stuff. Heading to the Lexington range today. Been a long time since I have shot anything.