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    Retired and happy

    I'm one of the ol' farts here. Don't have to go to work. Can stay indoors all of the cold winter. Prefer to stay in my garage loading up some bullets for my 243 and 30-06.
    Joined a local gun club. So that has been taking up most of my time. Sat down yesterday and loaded up some. My new rule is load in the winter months and shoot in the warmer months.
    Here is a tray of the ones I loaded up. Sorry for the quality of the pics. That is the only camera I have available.

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    I do the same process: cast and load enough in the winter to last the rest of the year! Itís good to be retired!
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    Me too. It's been so cold here (NE) lately that the only thing worthwhile to get done is cast bullets, and I cast a lot of bullets. Been retired for four years now and don't miss working one bit.

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    I retired a little over 4 yrs ago and I love it. Now, I can hunt every day of the deer season, if I want to, and not have to settle for just hunting on the weekends. I tell folks that every day is Saturday.

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    Also retired....nearly 5 years ago. Moved to a smaller place in Godís country. Have my own 100 yd range. Dealing with downsizing as I muddle along.

    Too cold to cast in the winter. That is a spring and fall activity for me.

    Actually shooting less than when I worked. Used to load 20k shotgun shells a year. This winter plannng on 8k or so. But been shooting more for fun than competition. A lot more pistol and rifle.

    Started deer hunting last year and got a nice doe. Passed on a lot of deer this year. Cannot shoot a fawn, spike horn or a doe with fawns. Too much of a softie I guess. Even passed a small 8 point buck. He will be bigger next year.

    Teaching the fiancť to shoot. She is hopeless at Trap but a good rifle and pistol shot. Maybe one reason for the move to more rifle and pistol shooting.
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    Retired end of 2010 had a chance to retire early and I took it. Spend a fair amount of time casting,some shooting and senior citizen's day at the local cinema.

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    I retired 18 monyhs ago. I did not realize retirement was full time. My wife had me busier than any job I have had. Lasted 365 days. I went back to work so I could get some rest.

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    I retired about 2-1/2 yr ago. I was really bored the first winter after hunting season closed, but I learned to save up things to do during the winter. I've been processing pistol brass lately. I'll do some loading later on. When the temps warm up a little I have a lot of smelting to do. And casting. I plan to shoot more this year. I took up Turkey Hunting. I could never get off in the spring when I was working. I plan to take up fishing.

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    I retired in 2006. Moved 1500 miles, built a house, got a bit of hunting done and a bit of reloading with presses mounted to a 2X12 screwed to a pair of saw horses. House is built and a good reloading cave established. More time now as am too old to chase cattle or run hay equipment in season but still too dang busy. I am bone idle at heart.
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    Anyone who says "you're retired you got all kinds of time." deserves a dope slap I don't know how I got anything done working 8 hours a day.

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    I retired March 1 of last year and still wonder now how I ever had time to work in the first place.
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    retired about 8 years ago. Agree, don't know how I had time for work
    days are full and fun

    along the Gulf we can cast, coat (PC), load and shoot pretty much year round
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    I retired April 31, 1999 and then contracted back for a few months, when the boss offered me my old job back at 1/2 time and less money per hour I said; "why would I do that and come to think of it why am I still here". I left and didn't look back. This is the best job I ever had but it does have it's draw backs, i.e. the pay isn't nearly as good, no paid vacation or holidays or double time and one half for working holidays but still better than working at a full time job.
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    I still have something like 25 years till retirement. Not wishing my life away by any means!
    It will be nice have time to do more things for my wife and myself rather than for "The Man"......
    Lord willing I live to see those days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elk hunter View Post
    I retired April 31, 1999 and then contracted back for a few months, when the boss offered me my old job back at 1/2 time and less money per hour I said; "why would I do that and come to think of it why am I still here". I left and didn't look back. This is the best job I ever had but it does have it's draw backs, i.e. the pay isn't nearly as good, no paid vacation or holidays or double time and one half for working holidays but still better than working at a full time job.
    Hey neighbor. Where in Central Oregon are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dverna View Post
    Also retired....nearly 5 years ago. Moved to a smaller place in Godís country. Have my own 100 yd range. Dealing with downsizing as I muddle along.

    Too cold to cast in the winter. That is a spring and fall activity for me.

    Actually shooting less than when I worked. Used to load 20k shotgun shells a year. This winter plannng on 8k or so. But been shooting more for fun than competition. A lot more pistol and rifle.

    Started deer hunting last year and got a nice doe. Passed on a lot of deer this year. Cannot shoot a fawn, spike horn or a doe with fawns. Too much of a softie I guess. Even passed a small 8 point buck. He will be bigger next year.

    Teaching the fiancť to shoot. She is hopeless at Trap but a good rifle and pistol shot. Maybe one reason for the move to more rifle and pistol shooting.
    Makes sense to me on selective deer hunting. I enjoy seeing them up close more than shooting one these days!
    Then there is bad weather to consider too...i can choose only the best days to hunt now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Laich View Post
    retired about 8 years ago. Agree, don't know how I had time for work
    days are full and fun

    along the Gulf we can cast, coat (PC), load and shoot pretty much year round
    Nice!
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    I've been retired for 14 years. Busier now than when I was working! Holidays? The only time I know there is a holiday is when I go to the bank and find it closed!

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    Retired at the age of 70 now 72. Do a little contract work from time to time. Still like to do design work in the Offshore Drilling Industry. The offshore industry is very slow with few offshore drilling units working. Did some work with regard to off shore wind mill installation an interesting area of indevor not a lot here in the US but a lot in Europe and Australia.
    Deer hunted this year the first time in 30 years, no deer for me but the grandson got a nice 8 point and bobcat. May hunt next year on a new deer lease.
    Stay busy with casting with automated Master Caster and loading pistol ammo with powder coated cast bullets.
    Still healthy and go to the gym each week for light workouts.
    Trying to keep strength in my legs and upper body.

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