I'm pretty well set for 'gear' (i.e., equipment) as it's just kind of accumulated over the decades. Main issue at this stage is components - primers, powder, etc. Between components and .22lr on hand, I'm pretty well set for several years or more.
Ever since starting to cast my own bullets, it's hugely cheapened up handgun shooting costs for me.
You know, you try to be nice, but some people simply can't help but show their "weird angry kid at the back of the bus" colors no matter what you do...
It didn't take 30 years to figure it out. It took that long to get to the point net-worth wise that I don't mind doing more things strictly for enjoyment; whether objectively profitable or not. (Remember, you're the one who gave me grief when I started casting? Saying that it showed my time wasn't worth anything.)
So while we're on the subject of "taking a long time to figure things out", how's your welfare-dependent life coming? Is big brother keeping you well-supplied with the mind-altering drugs you've said you need to get you "thru the day"..? Is it horribly traumatizing to your feelings of worth as a man to know that the Big Brother you claim to despise is who actually feeds, clothes, and houses you?
Have the multiple injuries you inflicted on yourself when trying to quick-draw an airsoft pistol healed up yet? Are you still physically gimped up, or have the welfare doctors got your bad back and knees to where they'll support your overweight frame now? Have you figured out the difference yet between "level III" armor and "soft, concealable" armor?
Just so you don't worry about me, we're doing okay. On financial stuff, I don't make big money, but have managed to build our business to more than double what it was worth when we bought it in 2009. I do drive an older 2005 truck, but did last year buy my wife a particularly nice Jeep Sahara Unlimited four-door with not only the off-road and towing packages, but pretty much every comfort option available. Feels good to be able to do something that nice for your wife; really gives a guy a boost to his ego, when he can just walk in and buy something that nice as a surprise gift for someone he loves and respects.
On gun-related stuff, I'm really enjoying the 22/45 I recently picked up; it's especially nice that it's threaded barrel mates up so well with my titanium abraxas silencer. It's a little more bulky that way than my old Norrell suppressed ruler .22, but still pretty fun.
Given the amount of cast bullet ammo that I require in a year, I just buy my bullets in bulk about 5,000 at a time. Time (or the lack of it) is the main reason that I go with a commercial caster. But 4 years ago I started shooting a new side match competition that I had not thought of before that required cast lead rifle bullets that are in a caliber that is not readily available up here. Having put over 2,200 + cast lead gas checked rounds down range in the last 3-4 years has been a hoot. Melvin for some of us it is about time, not money.