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Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance

11 Mar 2017
@ 12:50 pm (GMT)

Lane Salvato

I regret purchasing, using, and getting rid of my only 300 Winchester Magnum before reading Nathan's books. Had I understood then what I do now, I would have done the following:

1. Practiced shooting with the proper rifle mount.
2 Held that fore-end!
3. Simply used a slightly heavier stock.
4. Used DRT ammunition instead of going up to a good, but unpopular caliber of 338-06 trying to accomplish fast killing on larger animals without the bad recoil associated with my lightweight 300 Win. Mag.

Although my 338-06 is a great rifle, it's a "reloading only proposition" to quote Nathan, and therefore if you travel with it you run the risk of coming up empty on ammo if there is ever a problem with what you bring.

Lesson to be learned is that technology cannot replace technique. Big, slower bullets are fast killing but if you're going to use them, pick a popular caliber.


11 Mar 2017
@ 01:40 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance
Is that not a general reflection of life's journey?

We often learn more from our mistakes than from our successes.

Our lives are filled with contrasts and it appears that duality is a fundamental key to experience and understanding. For example, we cannot say something is hot without having something cold to compare it with. The same goes for what we call good and bad experiences.

Can we therefore say that experiences such as yours are to be regretted, even if it seems that way at the time.

Discovery and success after a tough journey certainly feels good. Instant results- not so much. Ones level of success is often reflective of what that person was willing to give up in order to achieve it. Quite an oxymoron.

In any case, I am pleased that our work has given you a positive, evidence based contrast along with tools and skills that you can work with. Thanks so much for your kind words Lane.
11 Mar 2017
@ 02:31 pm (GMT)

Benn Harvey-Walker

Re: Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance
Hi Lane,

Like you I've made a few regrettable decisions, but I value the knowledge and experience I've gained above the $ cost.

Roll with it and just think about how much better your decision will be when you purchase your next rifle ... There will be more!!!


12 Mar 2017
@ 06:35 am (GMT)

James Knight

Re: Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance
Well, at 64 and a Minister whose only hobby is shooting/hunting, I can say "Preach it Brother, you are talking to ME", ha. I will say thought that if you drop down to the 160 TTSX in that 338.06 you will actually have a "better killer" than that 300WM! I base that on seeing what other "lighter/faster" Barnes bullets have done in many other calibers! I have a little Ruger 77 Hawkeye SS in 338 Federal and with 52gr of TAC/160 TTSX I get an honest, chrongraphed several times, "average" of 3007fps! You get speed ( a great "force multiplier: :)) and a bigger caliber ( makes a bigger hole all the way through) In that 338/06 you should easily get another 100fps more than I am in my 338/08 (338 Federal). I base my general opinion as I have used light monobullets in several calibers for big game from .22 centerfires to .375 H&h. I killed several plains game with the 200X and my old 35 Whelen Ackley Improved, and a big cow elk with the 185XLC in a 338 Win Mag. Awesome. But "regrets"? My goodness, give them to the Lord and as said, "learn and grow" and enjoy this life of ours! have a good in. Jim
17 Mar 2017
@ 10:26 am (GMT)

Shawn Bevins

Re: Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance
Some of my decisions in the past were due to my ignorance and I hope I learn from my mistakes. I wasn't a novice when I found this site. I was searching for answers to questions and assurances that really couldn't be found elsewhere. Through this forum and Nathan's books, I would like to believe I am prepared to make better decisions on everything from gun purchases, using the best bullet and proper caliber when taking game. Also I have stretched my legs from what I used to consider a long shot to become a better marksman at longer distances. Reading what the forum members post has been interesting and eye opening at times. Skip the bull shitters here.. :-)
One thing for sure is my barrels have never been cleaner and I own a proper knife now :-) Thanks all..
18 Mar 2017
@ 10:20 am (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Re: Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance
I echo all that's been said, and add that I am thankful to have stumbled across Nathan's work before I bought my next rifle. It would have kicked me into the next state.
18 Mar 2017
@ 04:22 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance
Too many regrets to list. However, only one in relation to firearms. Should never have sold my two slide action .22s to finance another rifle. They were nothing special, just old and almost perfect. Got good, really good, money for them, but.... I will never sell another rifle....ever. Have way more than I need, but I still need another. It's almost a religion, it's scary really.
19 Mar 2017
@ 12:13 am (GMT)

Lane Salvato

Re: Regrets of Decisions Made in Ignorance

I really do appreciate the thoughts. You pretty much all hit around my feelings on the matter. I can look back now and see how I select bullets for terminal performance now as compared to a couple of years ago, along with taking better care of my rifles, learning to reload, and learning proper shooting technique. Paul, as you say, selling one rifle, in my case a 300 Win. Mag., to finance another is probably the only real decision I wish I could take back. However, I have a great 7 mm-08 right now that I'm concentrating on for a long range rifle and I never would have even thought about this caliber had it not been for Nathan's books. So all in all not a bad deal.

And yes, I have a proper knife too now. Wasn't cheap, but it's a dandy!


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