This is embarrassing. So I'm out hunting tonight and have my 10mm Commander that I built. Handloads of course. See a nice buck 200y away in a field, so I put on the stalk. Get to about 60y away or so, and I'm thinking I might not be so accurate, as I haven't shot the gun in over a year, save for slaughtering the pig last month. Try to move in 10y closer and I drop my glove. Deer spooks and runs off. Damn. I learned a lesson. Shoot as much as you reload. The number one reason many shooters start to handload is cost. We usually reinvest that savings per round into shooting more for the same money, making us better marksmen. Once we start to focus more on loading and less on shooting, it can have a detrimental effect to our marksmanship and confidence. Two years ago I was shooting 2,000 rounds a month and would have taken that 60y shot without hesitation. Lately, with more focus on handloading than shooting, I lost my confidence in my marksmanship. It might be a hunting situation, it might be a shooting match, or worse yet a self defense situation. Handloading can be fun and I like the "I shoot to reload" sentiment, but let's not lose focus of handloading to make us better shooters. Just kind of having one of those moments while rethinking my bad night out hunting. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!