Hi everyone! I'm glad to have found this community of shooters and hope to make some great connections and learn tons of stuff. I'm a native Oregonian; born in the southern part of the state and moved to the Salem/Keizer area a few years ago. I wish I could say I've been a life-long shooter, but, prior to a couple of years ago, I'd only gone shooting a few times in my life. Then I realized that even though my family has a history of hunting/shooting none of my generation developed or showed much interest in that area. I didn't want that skill-set to die off in my family, so I thought I would do what I could to preserve it. It certainly doesn't hurt that shooting is fun! I'm also entering in to reloading and am in mid-build of my bench. Technically, I started the build several months ago. But it was just my luck to be entering into reloading right when the shortage of components and ammo hit. Now that things have become available again, it's time to finish my build. I'm also a member of the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club and have been for almost 2 years now. I haven't taken as much advantage of it as I have wanted to, but I "aim" to change that (I get style points for working in a shooting pun, right? ). That, too, was due in part to the ammo shortage. I decided to preserve what ammo I had, so that I had something to shoot if needed. Otherwise, what good would having a firearm be? Sure, I could throw my pistol at someone, but my trigger finger is better than my throwing arm. Like I said previously, I hope to make some great connections on here and learn lots. I'm a smart fellow and can pick up a lot of information from reading articles, but I think it is way more fun and valuable to learn from people I can interact with. Happy New Year!