I started reloading when I was 12 and am now 53. In my younger years, say under 40, I was extremely concerned with velocity and accuracy. I would spend many hours at the range with my chrono and test loads trying anything to get an extra 50 feet of velocity and a 1/4 inch shaved off my group size. I suppose all this range time did help my shooting abilities but I never did learn to become what I consider to be a good bench rest shooter.
Anyhow this brings me up to the topic. Now a days when I pick up a new rifle I will rattle some peoples brains on a good starting load and maybe load up 12-20 test rounds with varying powder amounts underneath either a Partition or a Barnes XXX bullet. A trip to the range and if any combo gives me a consistent 1.5 moa group I call it quits and never even drag out the chrono anymore.
The range trips are usually accompanied by a 22 rifle and a large caliber handgun for off hand practice as I wait for the barrel to cool down on my rifle.
Do any of you finding you are just as pleased with "average" results in you big game hunting rifles instead of working for days or end trying to improve it? Looking back over the last ten years my records tell me I never shoot a moose over 30 yards away with the longest shots being on blacktail deer (200-220 yards). For all intents and purposes a rifle capable of shooting 3 moa is way more capable than me!
The other area I have seen changes in myself over the years is that my rifle collection is slowly decreasing in numbers but the ones I have are much better quality.
Just sort of rambling here now but post your opinion!