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Old 03-05-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
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Been kicking the idea around for a while now. Buying guns and building my collection has been my biggest hobby for many years. But I've recently gotten to the point where I just can't think of a gun I just "have" to have for my collection. Plenty of guns that I'd like to own, but nothing I can't live without.

And my second biggest hobby has been making grips. Been doing that for almost 5 years now and I'm starting to get burned out. It's turned into a job that I almost dread instead of a fun hobby. So I'm seriously considering limiting my production of grips this year.

So now I'm trying to think of a new hobby. Nothing super expensive or ridiculous. But I'm having trouble thinking of a new hobby. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:23 AM   #2
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Get your pilot's license.

It's not super expensive... just expensive.

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Myself, I enjoy collecting small, steel engraved portraits of famous Americans. Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant and Franklin are my favorites.

Assuming that you still have some interest in firearm RELATED things- how about cartridge collecting. You can make it as complex as you want, and as expensive as you want. Getting a single specimen of common rounds of today will get you started on a fair sized project- but here's the catch- you have to research and read up on the cartridges. Everybody knows about the 30-06- but why is there one with a bullet make of Bakelite- and what was IT used for? And what the heck is a 30-03? Yeah, heard of the Linebaugh BIG revolver loads- who was/is Linebaugh?

If you stay away from the uber rare stuff, like Crispins and .600 Nitro Express rounds, it can be fairly inexpensive- good learning experience.

On the other hand, you could go fishing.

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I enjoy making steel targets. Just started reloading, it has been fun. Thinking about taking up casting too.

As far as non firearms related...video games, camping, bushcraft...the list goes on.

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Woodworking, leather craft, and blacksmithing are all cool things to learn. They can be sort of cheap, to extremely expensive depending on what you do.

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I got a buddy that flies rc airplanes, i went a watched him and some of his pilot friends and those planes are awesome. They had a couple jets there going well over 150 mph and they sound like real jets too. Its uber-expensive tho, at least the jets are. I hear most cost upwards of 12k.

I just have an rc helicopter i fly in the house, lol

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I just have an rc helicopter i fly in the house, lol
lol, you got that $30 one too. I cannot get that thing to stay in the air for more then a few seconds (maybe a minute on a good day).
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lol, you got that $30 one too. I cannot get that thing to stay in the air for more then a few seconds (maybe a minute on a good day).
I had one of those till a crash landing took it out of commission...it was way easier to control when the battery was half charged
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I did r/c trucks in college, the nitro versions. Too dang tedious. Spent more time working on the truck to get it running right than I did driving it.

Tried leathercraft last year and I was terrible. I'm not very artistic.

Thanks for the other suggestions though. I will give them some thought. I was also thinking about buying an old classic tractor and restoring it a little at a time.

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Been kicking the idea around for a while now. Buying guns and building my collection has been my biggest hobby for many years. But I've recently gotten to the point where I just can't think of a gun I just "have" to have for my collection. Plenty of guns that I'd like to own, but nothing I can't live without.

And my second biggest hobby has been making grips. Been doing that for almost 5 years now and I'm starting to get burned out. It's turned into a job that I almost dread instead of a fun hobby. So I'm seriously considering limiting my production of grips this year.

So now I'm trying to think of a new hobby. Nothing super expensive or ridiculous. But I'm having trouble thinking of a new hobby. Any suggestions?
You could start making long bows or recurve bows. I'm thinking about making myself one. And if it turns out good them making a few more. It relates to woodwork and to hunting.
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