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Author Topic: Ever regret not buying a rifle?  (Read 909 times)

Offline Steve S

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Ever regret not buying a rifle?
« on: October 29, 2009, 12:30:52 PM »
I STILL get mad at myself over this. Long, long ago I found a Colt 30-06 bolt action in a local pawn shop, it was in perfect condition, not a mark on the wood and the woodwork was a work of art, the most beautiful wood I've ever seen on a weapon, outclassed even the Weatherby's of the time, the shop had it priced at a 1000.00 and wouldn't budge of the price. I talked to my wife about it and she said if you want that bad buy it, I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much for a rifle, knowing I'd put it in the safe and never use it to hunt with. I still think about that rifle to this day and regret not buying it, just wondered if this has happened to anyone else?

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Re: Ever regret not buying a rifle?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009, 01:16:06 PM »
Just once, early on, a Styer Model M Professional in 6.5x55.  Ever since then I've taken my Moms advice.  Buy it when you see it, you may not see it again.  I now have a lot of rifles I probably have no need for, the money is long gone and I'm glad I got each and every one of them when I did.

I'm deer hunting with a 38-72 Winchester 1895 flatside this season.  Pure wool complets the ensamble.  The 30-06 1895 take down is showing headspace problems.

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Re: Ever regret not buying a rifle?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2009, 02:06:18 PM »
I once had a chance at buying a Winchester model 70 in .264 win mag. It to was in great condition, the person wanted to sell it for $250.00. I should have jumped on that deal, but I told the person he would regret selling it after his current money situation improved. So I did not buy it from him. I do not know if the person ever sold that gun or not but now I wished I would have.
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Re: Ever regret not buying a rifle?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009, 05:16:46 PM »
I once had a chance at buying a Winchester model 70 in .264 win mag. It to was in great condition, the person wanted to sell it for $250.00. I should have jumped on that deal, but I told the person he would regret selling it after his current money situation improved. So I did not buy it from him. I do not know if the person ever sold that gun or not but now I wished I would have.

Not sure if it's the same gun, but if your guy moved to Bismarck, ND, three years ago, I bought the rifle from him for $300.00, got everything but the box it came in. I mean relaoding dies, factory brass, bullets, podwer and primers. Did I mention the RCBS Rockchucker also?  The rifle was and is pristine.

So rest assured, that if it was the same guy, the gun got a new home! Visitation rights can be arranged.

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Re: Ever regret not buying a rifle?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009, 05:44:01 PM »
The only one's I have regretted passing up have been the sks rifles for sale years back.  I could have bought countless numbers of them for about $90, still in the sleeve.  I own an sks, but I could have made a fortune from reselling them, since the cheapest I have seen them go for in the past years have been $300 and that was in o.k. condition. 
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Re: Ever regret not buying a rifle?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2009, 08:34:09 PM »
In my case, it was not a rifle, but a shotgun.  I went to a garage sale that was advertised as a "Sportsman" Sale.  the ad listed a bunch of stuff, including a Midway case tumbler (which I wanted)  Anyway, I got there about 9 am, thinking that all the good stuff would be gone.  Lo and behold, the tumbler was there (which I bought), along with a beautiful Ruger Red Label o/u.  I couldn't believe the man was asking $600 for that gun.  I thought about it and thought some more, and I finally decided to pass it up, even though I had $500 mad money in my wallet!  Passing up that Red Label is something that I will ALWAYS  regret.   
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Re: Ever regret not buying a rifle?
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2009, 08:37:15 PM »
The only one's I have regretted passing up have been the sks rifles for sale years back.  I could have bought countless numbers of them for about $90, still in the sleeve.  I own an sks, but I could have made a fortune from reselling them, since the cheapest I have seen them go for in the past years have been $300 and that was in o.k. condition. 

Chuckwagon,
I have a friend whose brother has a FFL.  At one time, he was buying cases of SKS's, and selling them for $67!  My friend was upset 'cause his own brother didn't even call him to let him know.  He only found out after the supply of SKS's ran out.
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