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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

I'm not in the market for a new gun, as i have all i need in that dept... BUT, i was in the need for a new scope, and the scope i wanted in a Leupold VX111 1.75-6x32...

A few days ago i was driveing home from a week long vacation, when i happened to be going by a Cabela's store. I stopped in, and they just so happen to have that very scope on sale from $399. to $319. I figured i could do a bit better than that by shopping around....BUT, i had $165. in Cabela's points built up, so i decided to just buy it right then. When i took the scope to the cash register, it rang up at $299. and with my $165. of points off that, it made that scope a pretty good deal... Thumbs up

SO, that's what it took to get me to buy something!

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

Gimmicks and promotions are just that, a way to get you to look at their product and buy it. In 45 years of buying firearms I haven't seen any rifle/scope combination that is sold in a store that I would have. The rifle yes, the scope no. I can't tell you how many of the store combinations that I have seen where the scope didn't last the sighting in session. I was once told that the scope that you put on your rifle should cost the same as the rifle, and that holds mostly true. The last rifle that I bought was a Weatherby Fibermark in 340 Weatherby. I waited 4 years before I put a scope on it. I found a sale on Leupold VXIII 3.5-10 for half price witch usually retailed for $500+ and that is what is on it now. Anymore I look for a unique firearm and you won't find any of them with a promotion going on to buy them.

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

I don't believe you need to spend that much on a scope but those that come on package deals are generally not worth having. I have a
Tasco W.C. that has lasted me about 15yrs so far. It started out on a 25-06 now on my 6.5-06, $89 brand new. All I could afford at that time and I suspect I got lucky. The new Redfield I do believe is gonna be a steal. My is a 2-7x and it cost's $129 + shipping from Midway. My 25-06 has a 3-9x Bushnell Banner thats older than some of the people on this site. My 243 wears a 3-9x Nikon, inexpensive and and a very good scoGpe. I've had two 338's, one with a 2 3/4x Redfield that is about 39yrs old today and still in service , now on a 30-06. The other had a 2-7x Leupold that I sold. Great scope but I didn't like the way the elevation and windage adjustment's worked. Paid less than $80 for the Redfield and about $120 for the Leupold.

I think that the need for high dollar scopes has been way over played. If you can afford a high dollar one that's great but if you can't, there are options at pretty inexpensive prices that just don't trail that far behind. The biggest difference most of us will find between a $800 scope and a $200 scope is price!

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

It doesn't take much to make me buy a new gun. I have bought two since New Year's Day. Normally though I need to have some sort of sport to use it in (aside from hunting) to make me interested. I also like to collect old military surplus guns but that's not the topic.

Fortunately I just sold a Ruger M-77 7mm Rem Mag so I didn't come out too bad.

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

I agree with the other posters on gun makers being too focused on magnum and short and or fat magnum calibers. At my age, I hunt primarily deer, black bear or hogs. I don't need a magnum to do that! I am more interested in calibers like the 260 or 7mm08, than a 30+ caliber magnum that hurts my injured shoulder. I am trying to buy a couple of rifles and my local dealer can not find either rifle from the wholesalers. Therefore, what would make me buy a new rifle would be availability!!

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

I have probably purchased more firearms in the past 5 yrs than I have in the previous 20.
Right gun, right time, right price and most importantly I wanted it.
I don't purchase a rifle or pistol because it's on sale. I decide what I want and wait for the right price. I'm in no hurry.

I agree with the package deal analogy. In most cases, one of the items does not fill your need and ends up costing you more in the long run.

Best firearms promotion is the election of liberals. The manufactures have sold more guns, ammo and components in the past year than anytime in history
Speaking of which, has anyone seen any 9 1/2 M primers for sale? lol

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?
JJD wrote:
Best firearms promotion is the election of liberals. The manufactures have sold more guns, ammo and components in the past year than anytime in history Speaking of which, has anyone seen any 9 1/2 M primers for sale? lol

Almost embarrased to say, but that statement is sadly more true than we really realize. 2008 and 2009 were probably the worst economic times this country has seen in 75 years, yet that didn't stop millions of Americans from spending their last paycheck on guns and ammo. Just like in the early 1930's when every one was struggling to feed their family yet lots of people seemed to have had plenty of money for illegal booze and speakeasy thrills. Same with people today, lost jobs, bad credit, bankrupcy, no money for the nesessities, but plenty of money to clean the firearms dealer out of product for nearly 2 years. It's amazing what Politicians and legislation can cause people to do.

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

It doesn't take much to make me buy a new gun... any new gun. Need is not one of the issues. I have all the guns I needs and a couple dozen more. My "wants" are what makes me buy guns now. Something usually triggers that response like price, historic value, sentimental value, looks and even testosterone (looking at the desert eagle now... I know its one of the most impractical guns out there but... boy is it big and cool). Mil-surp makes up a lot of my purchases now.

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

I've got to admit that politics has a lot to do with it for me. The shelves are pretty full again for the moment, but I honestly don't think this administration is going to go out the door without trying to do for gun control what it's trying to do for health care.

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Re: What would make you to buy a new rifle or shotgun this year?

I agree Expat. Obama and his people have been way to quiet on the subject of guns. I think, like Clinton he wont seriously take on the NRA until his last term.

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