Originally Posted by tEN wOLVES
It's OK to be friendly, but when I go to the range, I go there to shoot, I try to avoid conversation with people I don't even know, if you're just there for a social thing then I guess that's fine if that's what you want, but I fined it annoying, when I have some one asking one question after another, when I'm trying to record or work up a load, I enjoy talking to folks, but there is a time and place for everything, I don't like being bothered when I'm trying to concentrate, bottom line, you're doing fine, next time try to stay away from overly talkative people, they'll just mess up your day..... and nine times out of ten you know more about what you're doing than they do.
I guess I'd say that I go to the range as a social activity then.
Probably the same reason I hang around this place.
Most of my shooting used to be down at the farm at my own range...and I don't mind those nice quiet range sessions at all. But now I do sneak out to the local range in the town that I work too if I get the itch to burn some ammo on the days that I work.
I don't mind taking a break from my shooting to get into a BS session every so often. It gives the barrels a chance to cool down and my shoulder or thumbs a break from the action. Some guys you visit with are good down to earth folks and we can swap info/tips, but there are always a few of those yahoos like Airborne encountered too. I'm not much of a preacher, but I don't mind attempting to show them that they might be mistaken too. If they're bull-headed enough to not want to listen I'll politely back out of the conversation and go back to enjoying my "cheap/dirty ammo", my oddball calibers, shooting from the wrong side of the rifle, or whatever our difference of opinion might be.
I've been offered quite a bit of brass from the guys that don't reload, had a chance to try out a few guns that I don't have (and have let a few others try some of my toys out), even struck up a few deals while at that public range.