Think Outside the Box
Some don't think about the purchase of a new rifle until there is a true need for one. Others find ways to buy another rifle to lean into an empty spot in their gun cabinet. You can count me among that bunch of "buyers". I truly enjoy handling, learning about and owning nice firearms, especially rifles built for big game hunting.
Not a thing wrong with .22 rimfires and I own a few of them. Not a thing wrong with small caliber centerfires, I own one or two of those as well. But, show me a good old deer rifle and my whole attitude changes. I am simply a huge fan of such rifles. I've owned a good number of them over the years and still have more than I could possible make an argument about actually needing. I'm sure my wife would tell you that, for sure.
Anyway, my simple tip here today is to perhaps think outside the box when you find a nice old rifle, or are actually in need of a new one. Sure, you can cruise down to Wally World and buy a cookie cutter rifle, in a cookie cutter chambering and be done with it. I for one, like to buy my rifles a bit differently, however. I am a regular, looking at big gun selling sites online and what they have to offer. I've purchased a good number of rifles that way and sold more than a few myself using some of those sites.
I've walked into little gun shops and seen guns that I've looked for sitting right there, waving to me. A very nice Winchester Model 88 came to live with me after just such an experience. I've gone to gun shows and brought home guns older than my Dad. That 1928 Parker Trojan predated him by 2 full years! I've bought classics at gun shows and then hunted with them collecting deer that then became special memories, because of that fact. I doubt I'll ever forget my first deer taken with my model 99 Savage in .300 Savage.
This brings me to my final point here. Do NOT let an older less popular chambering be the reason for you not to buy a nice older rifle. If you see a rifle chambered in .250 Savage, .300 Savage, .32 Win Spcl, .257 Roberts, 7x57, 8x57, 6.5x55, .284 Win, .35 Rem, .358 Win, .35 Whelen, .444 Marlin, 45-70 or any number of other non-mainstream chamberings, do not be afraid to step outside the box. To the chambering, all those are very fine rifles, capable and very popular in their "time".
The fact that you cannot walk into Wally World and buy a box of shells for any of those chamberings should be of zero concern, as far as I'm concerned. I cannot even tell you the last time I bought a box of shells at W.W. It really has been that long, trust me. There are several different aftermarket ammunition producers out there making very high quality stuff.
There are many shooters who buy a LOT of their loadings and rightly so. I have found them to be way more than acceptably accurate, to the chambering. Most of these smaller companies make their money by supplying well made and accurate loads. Not the fastest velocities for all chamberings, but many times more accurate than a typical factory loading.
Don't walk away from that .300 Savage because a Buddy tells you that you won't be able to find ammunition for it. If it's a nicely preserved example, there are plenty of places still out there to buy reasonably priced ammo! I will also say that in my opinion, many rifles made 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years ago are more nicely finished than their newer counterparts. That's a fact Jack! Take the time to pick up that handsome old rifle with real polished bluing or perhaps with some really nice grain in it's walnut stock.
Think outside the box. I doubt you'll be disappointed, I really do.
****NOTE: If someone is "on the fence" because they are nervous about finding ammunition for an obscure chambering, I'll share my known resources with you, if you simply message me with your concern.