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ROA problem...

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by BHP FAN, May 4, 2013.

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  1. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Member

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    I just bought a Ruger Old Army...unturned, LNIB, never fired, still in the original orange and black cardboard box....for $500.00.Now, the problem....shoot it or don't?:evil:
     
  2. NCWanderer

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    If it was mine I'd shoot it.
     
  3. BHP FAN

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    even though it's a bit of a collector's item, I'm leaning your way.
     
  4. dogrunner

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    I'd offer the perspective that YOU ain't gonna be around to enjoy posterity...........if that's what you're keeping it virginal for!
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

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    Just shoot it.
     
  6. white smoke

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    Shoot it! That's what they were made for, and they keep coming back for more.
     
  7. Jefferson Herb

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    BHP, Better let me hold on to it for ya,so you don't shoot it;I'll send you a final target and load results.
     
  8. Jaymo

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    I'm in the "shoot it" camp.
     
  9. AbitNutz

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    Did you buy an investment or a pistol?

    Do you enjoy the aspects of shooting or collecting more?

    Are you planning on keeping it till you die or selling it?
     
  10. snakeman

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    I would definitely shoot it!
     
  11. J-Bar

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    I'd use the box as a target just to avoid being a namby-pamby about it.
     
  12. Foto Joe

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    Since when do you buy these things as an investment?? Go get the thing dirty, it's not like you really planned on just looking at it in the first place.
     
  13. Patocazador

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    I thought you said that you had a problem. What is it?
    Everyone should have such "problems."
     
  14. DMZ

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    There will come a time that you will not be able to load and shoot it. Then it will probably be worth $75 more than you paid for it, if it stays NIB.

    Life is short.
     
  15. robhof

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    One of the CAS shooters at our gun club uses original Colt Peacemakers for competition. I asked him why he shoots such valuable guns and his reply was that they were handed down from his grandfather and to not shoot them would be just wrong.:cool:
     
  16. Psycho

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    I'll have the same problem in the next week or so as I have a stainless ROA on the way that is NIB and unfired. I suspect I'll make all the other unfired ROA's go up in value when I go ahead and shoot mine.
    Maybe if I got several, I'd leave one unfired so 200 years from now some descendant of mine would have a valuable collectors piece.........but then again, maybe not!
     
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    Life is too short to save such simple pleasures for somebody else.
     
  18. wap41

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    It's a no brainer,Don't shoot it,just buy another one thats used and shoot it.When you get tired of shooting the used one just buy another used one and start all over.
     
  19. BHP FAN

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    Well guys, it's no longer ''unturned'', and next weekend [if I don't have to work] it'll no longer be unfired!
     
  20. kendak

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    shoot it ...put a 1/2lb of black through mine this afternoon...take care
     
  21. BADUNAME30

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    Why would anyone spend money on something they're not going to use ?
     
  22. mykeal

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    Well, for one thing, as an investment. My wife spent $35 on an antique china teapot and sold it less than a month later for $680. She didn't 'use' it under your definition because she didn't put any tea in it, but I'm damn sure not going to complain about her buying something like that again.

    And what's wrong with simply enjoying how something looks? Isn't that a 'use' also? I understand that's not the 'use' it was designed and built for (some would argue otherwise), but try and tell that to a 1960's muscle car collector, or someone who buys and restores Indian motorcycles.

    I am lucky enough to be able to occasionally buy something because I enjoy it as opposed to needing it. That enjoyment may be shooting it, looking at it hanging on a wall or just carrying it around. All of those qualify as uses.
     
  23. Zeke/PA

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    Shoot it!
    My ROA is the most accurate handgun in my arsenal!
     
  24. Noz

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    Shoot it. They are not being made anymore and are going up in value every day.
    Shoot the heck out of it for a couple of years and if you must sell it I'd bet you'd make money on it.
     
  25. BHP FAN

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    DMZ said: ''There will come a time that you will not be able to load and shoot it. Then it will probably be worth $75 more than you paid for it, if it stays NIB...''

    Life is short. You guys all make a lot of sense. I'm gonna blaze away.
     
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