Retirement: Shooting more, less, or the same as pre-retirement?

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  1. Larry Ashcraft

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    I retired 4 years ago. I shoot a lot less because of some arthritis issues (right wrist and both knees). But we did build a new house with a huge reloading room in the basement. Between gardening and landscaping, we are just setting the reloading room.

    Not sure how much shooting I'll do, but the kids and grandkids need to be kept supplied.
     
  2. gonoles_1980

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    About the same, my wife hasn't come shooting with me for a while because of the virus. It's more fun to have someone to shoot with. I go about once a month.
     
  3. George P

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    Upon initial retirement I shot a LOT more then when I was working; 15 years later (and current ammo/component shortages taken into account) a little less but more than before I moved 3 years ago. So, a little of both......
     
  4. WisBorn

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    I would say less , but manly because of the current ammo situation. I retired January 1st 2020. The two years before retirement I made a career change wanted to drive semi when I was a kid so I did it!!! Didn't shoot much then
    Before that I would shoot once a week several firearms so normally 100 rounds or more per week.
    Currently I try to get out once a week but only shoot 50 rounds do to available supplies.
     
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  5. EddieG54

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    Still shoot about the same as I did before retirement. My pistol and rifle ranges are in my backyard. Grandkids still come over every chance they get and burn thru a few boxes of 22LR (weather permitting). Oldest grandson is working on getting his carry permit so the focus has been handguns lately.
     
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  6. Usonia3

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    You are being intentionally negative. It's not helpful to slam on people who weren't as smart as you to stock up. Your post makes you look very small
     
  7. Stevie-Ray

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    Far more. 1-2 times a week even now. When weather permits outdoor steel, it will be even more than now, and it will include long-range rifle. Before retirement, I hadn't pulled a trigger in literally years.
     
  8. FL-NC

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    Less, since I pretty much was on a range of some type almost every day in the mil. Also ammo.
     
  9. Sniper66

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    Since retirement the last day of 2012, I have increased the amount of hunting and shooting I do (as President Trump would say). "bigly". Never had time for deer when I worked so bought a rifle, loading dies, etc. and have shot several deer. Increased the amount of range time a lot too. In the past year the CCP virus and the hysterical reaction to it by some elected officials pushed me to seek refuge at the range a lot more often. Keeps me sane. I am happy to say retirement has been incredibly good to me.
     
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  10. gyp_c2

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    Geez!
    I thought I was the only one so afflicted!
     
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  11. Brubz

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    Posthumous target shooting sounds like a plot for The Walking Dead:cool:
     
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  12. kilizyrag

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    I worked and I worked and I worked with little time for shooting. Once I did not work I was at the range 3-4 times a week and sometimes twice in one day. I shoot IDPA and USPSA also so the weekends in the summer are filled with competition shooting. Then came Covid along with fire restrictions at my range and 2020 saw only about 5000 rounds shot. I'm hoping this year is better, but so far things have been pretty quiet.
     
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  13. jmr40

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    Retired in May 2010. The 1st few years I had some other family commitments that meant about the same amount of shooting as before. But from about 2018 until recently I shot more than before I retired. I actually shot quite often during the 1st few months of the Pandemic and ammo shortage. But I haven't fired a shot in about 2 months now. While I have plenty of ammo ( I could make it the rest of my life with limited shooting if I had to) not being able to replace what I do have is at least part of the reason.
     
  14. wiscoaster

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    I didn't start shooting until after retirement, but ... speaking from that phase of life, and what affects shooting, time currently available certainly isn't a major factor ... time remaining in this lifetime certainly is, along with financial and health issues.
     
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  15. lightman

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    Health issues caused me to retire and close my sideline business. But I shoot more than I did and I hunt more. I also host a Dove Hunt for 20 of my Friends and Family that involves planting 10+ acres of Sunflowers and all of the prep and care that they require.
     
  16. Kevin5098

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    I shoot less since I retired partly due to ammo costs and partly due to time constraints. Just before I retired we moved to a smallholding with goats, poultry, and sometimes pigs or lambs. We are scaling back somewhat so I hope to hit the range more often. Shotgun ammo is still available for a reasonable price, so I plan to focus on trap shooting.
     
  17. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I have been retired for nearly three years.
    Up until the beginning of February I was shooting much more than I had in years.
    And then the cold and snow really slowed things down.
    Now I am starting to use up my reserves of primers and powder.
    I have begun cutting back on range trips to once every two weeks to conserve reloading components.
    Time and money I have... supplies of primers and powders will begin to be a problem by June-July if supplies don't become available.
     
  18. WheelGunMan

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    When I retired it rekindled my love of shooting.
    I probably shoot a little more because I have more time for both shooting and reloading.
     
  19. Nuclear

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    More, until this past year of insanity. When I worked, I only had those weekends that other responsibilities didn’t take up when the crappy Midwest weather allowed. Now I have all the days of the week, and I live 20 minutes or so from multiple ranges.
     
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    1. Because some places it isn't legal.....
    I don't know about other states but as I mentioned before CA has laws about how much you can stock up.

    2. Some people may not have had the money to stock up. (not my problem #1 is)
    Yes I understand that cutting out some optional things might have allowed people to buy more, but I am sure there are people who really didn't have much if anything they could cut.
    The odds are for example someone hunting to feed his/her family probably isn't going to save much by not buying coffee from Starbucks or eating at fancy restaurants.
     
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    Welcome to The Highroad.
    Because you are fairly new here I wish to remind you: "Attack the argument not the person." The Highroad rule of membership #1. Continued adhominen posts could get this thread locked.
     
  22. kidneyboy

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    I retired in January 2010. I was so busy post retirement my shooting habits didn't change much from then till 2015 when I turned 60. The last 5 years I have evened out my hobbies a bit and shoot more now. I also play more golf, more guitar and bike ride more.
     
  23. .308 Norma

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    Not counting when we shot competitively (IHMSA), I think we shoot about the same amount as we did before we retired. But seeing as how I've been fully retired for about 15 years, and my wife has been partially retired for 5 years, it's kind of hard to remember.
    Besides, how much we shoot varies depending on the weather and the time of year. We can safely and legally shoot off our rear deck here, but our "range" is a county gravel pit about 2 miles south of the house, and two weeks ago it was full of snow - just like it had been since last fall.
    There's a genuine public range with shooting benches, sidewalks, and all that about 12 miles south of here too. But we don't like to go there either when the weather is bad - even though the county does a good job of keeping the road into it plowed out.
     
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  24. wgp

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    Retired 6 months ago (delighted to do so) but now I spend much of my time at my farm property where there is always work to do so most of the time that I take a gun or two along to shoot, I end up working instead. Ammo not really a problem, I'm one of those who did stock up back when. I have found time to improve my private shooting range. I have also found time to buy more guns -- I keep finding interesting things I did not have.
     
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  25. wbbh

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    Much more and started reloading again, it's fantastic to be retired.
     
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