Will gun prices drop with a McDonald win and BP oil spill?


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usmarine0352_2005
June 24, 2010, 11:27 AM
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I am thinking about buying a Browning X-Bolt .30-06 Stainless with Synthetic stock soon. I was debating if I should wait or buy it now.



Two things are making me think if I should buy it now or wait:


1.) Will a win in McDonald make gun prices drop?


2.) Will the BP oil spill cause the prices of petroleum products to rise, ie rifle stocks and make guns more expensive?



Did a win in Heller make gun prices drop?

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wishin
June 24, 2010, 01:36 PM
Supply and demand. McDonald win could spur gun sales and raise prices.

DoubleTapDrew
June 24, 2010, 01:54 PM
^ I think there was another "win" in November 2008 that spurred gun sales and caused prices to rise. Thankfully most of those folks either got their fill or ran out of money.

I don't think either will affect gun prices. What may cause them to drop is a glut in the market of NIB or LNIB guns from new gun owners who decide they could use the cash more than the AR-15 they paid $2,000 for.
I wouldn't wait to buy an X-Bolt. Prices have come back down and that category of rifle is more immune to panic buying fluctuations anyway.

John Wayne
June 24, 2010, 01:56 PM
I doubt the BP spill will make gas go up--it's not costing any of the other oil companies a dime. Even if it did it would be a long time before it affected the plastics industry.

I would say now is the time to buy though, I have seen a lot of guns on sale and bolt action rifles like the X bolt you mentioned are typically cheaper during the summer months. During the fall when hunting seasons open, lots of retailers jack up the prices on people making last-minute purchases. Usually around January (or whenever deer season ends), you can find a lot of good deals on used rifles.

cougar1717
June 24, 2010, 02:07 PM
I'll answer the question if you can tell me where gas prices are going to be in three months!

But seriously, bolt action rifles were (for the most part) not as affected by Obamamania as semi-auto rifles and handguns. As others have posted, the big volume time is deer season. A month before deer season is a good time to go around and find used guns that were traded in. After deer season is a good time to get a deal on remaining stock.

CoRoMo
June 24, 2010, 02:16 PM
2.) Will the BP oil spill cause the prices of petroleum products to rise, ie rifle stocks and make guns more expensive?
Wrong direction; think fuel prices, which transport everything, everywhere. When shipping costs rise, so do the prices of what is shipped. Although I doubt that the oil spill will drastically affect fuel prices, rather, the reckless passion that 'some in Washington' have to annihilate the oil industry. Moratoriums, drilling bans, restrictions, regulations, and all other efforts to kill the industry that fuels our way of life, will get fuel prices up in a hurry.

ArmedBear
June 24, 2010, 02:22 PM
Given that there are limited numbers of American-made shotguns that I want, that Italy and Spain are both declining economically, and that the Euro is headed for the toilet, I suspect that some gun prices that I keep an eye on might do down.

OTOH I figure that Ruger and S&W will raise their prices with the same regularity as they have in the past, and discontinue anything that doesn't sell at the new, higher prices.

Rifles are a mixed bag. Who'd have thunk it ten years back, but I think there are more bolt gun designs introduced every year, now. Competition will keep prices somewhat reasonable.

"Black rifles" are getting cheaper on one end of the market, and more expensive on the other, I think. The high end, though, is probably driven by the rise in black rifle connoisseurs that we didn't have nearly so many of, not long ago.

Then there's the recession... If everyone is broke, and expects to stay broke, we might not be buying so many guns. I mean, many of us objectively don't NEED any more, to get by.:)

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