A little something I like to do as a challenge for myself is pick ONE rifle and loadout and exclusively use that setup all year (surprisingly hard to do, especially as a gear maker). At the end of the year, I evaluate how everything performed, the pros and cons, and changes I'd like to make based on that experience. I've done this routine for the last two years now, and I like it for a couple of reasons.
1. You become more proficient. When you're not bouncing between rifles and optic setups, you can get really good with offsets/holdovers, speed etc...
2. It keeps me from buying a bunch of stuff throughout the year. I get to think long and hard about changes I'd like to make and why. I find this helps drive good purchasing decisions and saves money.
Normally, this time of year, I would make a few tweaks and keep inching my setup closer and closer to perfection. But... 2024, I'll be running a different loadout entirely, and I'll talk about that in a follow-up post. If you're up for a fun challenge, I would give this method a try.