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Old October 5, 2012, 04:26 PM   #11
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Some day I will see if they can provide the total amount spent - but it is a big number!
Don't do that.
In 2010, I saved every single receipt for hobby expenses and added it all up at tax time. (You can write off some hobby expenses, if it's more than 10% of your adjusted gross income. {or something like that})
When I saw the total, I chuckled ...before nearly having a heart attack.
I had spent 12% of our AGI on firearms, optics, reloading, and hunting gear; and that didn't include expenses for the trailer, fuel for travel, food during the hunts, etc.

I was glad to be able to spend the money without scraping by... but it was difficult to actually see the figure on paper.

Don't worry, Pond.
The reloading sickness is like HIV:
It hits you hard when you're diagnosed, but then remains stable for a long time.
You'll have a few years before it's a full-blown reloading obsession. But, once that time comes, there's no stopping it.
"Such is the strange way that man works -- first he virtually destroys a species and then does everything in his power to restore it."
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