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Would you buy a rifle you didn't need if it was cheap?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by gspn, Dec 4, 2012.

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  1. shaggy430

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    I'll buy most any gun I think I can make a buck on or use to trade for something I want.
     
  2. jmr40

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    I've bought many guns that were cheap and later sold or traded them at a profit to finance guns that I actually wanted.
     
  3. Manny

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    Not only would, but actually have. I am trying to get over that though, as the ones I get that way have never stayed.
     
  4. jrdolall

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    Several years ago I was in a local Kmart and they had some red tags on rifles. They had marked Rem 700s to half price and I mean the older model rifles with wooden stocks not the ones you see today. I bought a .243 for I think $179 and tried to convince the girl that all the Rem 700s should be on sale but she wouldn't buy it. Unfortunately this gun and one other were stolen.
    I have bough quite a few if they are obviously low priced but that is getting pretty hard to do. I bought a sporterized Swede 6.5 for $100 a year or so ago at a pawn shop and a 1972 Marlin 336 for $200 earlier this year. The Swede I had no need for, though I really like it now, but I had been on the lookout for another Marlin 336. Bought a couple of 9mm pistols in a package deal for $200 two years ago that were duplicates of what I already had.
     
  5. Arkansas Paul

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    That's not exactly the steal of the century, so no. Now if you want one, it's not a bad price, I just don't think it's quiet as good a deal as you're thinking.

    Buds sells composite Browning A-Bolts for $495ish all day every day. Is there a difference between those and the one you're looking at? I'm not sure. It doesn't say A-Bolt II on theirs so there may very well be a difference.
     
  6. Ash

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    I picked up a Sino-Albanian SKS just for that reason. It was cheap. It had an Albanian stock modified for the Chinese SKS. It had the two-hole butt plate. It had nearly 1005a bluing.

    I still don't need it, but it was cheap.
     
  7. fallout mike

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    Only if its a really good deal. Ill shoot it for a few weeks and sell it for a nice profit.
     
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    Absolutely not. Buying a rifle I don't want or need just because it's cheap seems very silly. I don't know why people even consider such things. We're not women at the shoe store on sale day. If I've got $500 burning a hole in my pocket, it's always best put towards something I really do want. The wish list is always heavily populated.
     
  9. welldoya

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    I used to do it a lot. Now I am glad that I did because a lot of those guns that I bought just because they were a bargain are now worth a lot more than I paid. Plus, some of them I found out I really do need, I just didn't know it at the time.
     
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    Every time I see one of the new Ruger Americans, I feel the pull. Now, I don't hunt (too old and infirm) and have plenty of other rifles to play with. Nonetheless....
     
  11. The_Armed_Therapist

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    In my opinion, that deal makes the A-bolt the best $499 rifle that's likely to be available. However, I reflect other responses... Not good enough not to pass if you don't need one. You could probably re-sell it if you didn't want it for a tad bit more than that, but not enough to make it worth it.
     
  12. Bobson

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    I wouldn't necessarily have to need it, I'd just have to be able to justify it. Say I found a really nice .243 at a real bargain. I have no need for a 243, and no great interest in the caliber... but its a versatile round that fills a niche thats currently open. I'd probably buy it. In other words, price alone isnt enough justification for me.
     
  13. bikerdoc

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    I only use a limited number of calibers, if it is one I use I buy it, if it is one I think a friend can use I buy it and add on 25 bucks for my trouble. If no one wants it in the family I will sell it for a small profit.
     
  14. narcoden

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    Well, I did buy a Mosin...

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    Being right-brained mostly eliminates opportunities for such problems. I did buy a 30/06 instead of the .308 I wanted once just because it was so much cheaper.
     
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    LOL

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    I own a Norinco NDM-86 that was a cheap price solely because it was a cheap price. $1,200OTD. I could double what I paid in 30 minutes with a buy-it-now on Gunbroker.
     
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    No, but I sure do drool all over them...
     
  19. brnmw

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    Or buy 4-5 Mosin Nagants! :D

    And I don't know about that "Were not Women in a shoe store sale bit" there are plenty of women on this forum that may not appreciate that comment too well... just saying. ;)
     
  20. JShirley

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    Yeah, I might take a M-N.


    If it was given to me.


    Otherwise, yes, I bought a Howa from a member some months ago because it was a terrific price. I wouldn't buy a rifle in a caliber that would be extremely hard to get ammo for, though.
     
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    A friend needed cash 3 weeks ago and offered me a Ruger 96/44 w/3 mags and a cheep scope for $325.00. Nice guy that I am I gave him $340.00 for it and could have gotten my money back the next day from someone else, but I have a lot of .44 mag ammo for my S&W 629-1 so I wanted to play with it first.
     
  22. mach1.3

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    I used to do it all the time. Buy a pistol, rifle or shotgun just because it was a great price even if I didn't need it. I would rationalize it---as my hobby.
    I don't do it 'much' anymore. I ask myself, "do I really have a use for this gun?" Sometimes it was a caliber I was interested in or a gun I thought I could flip for a quick profit. Now I'm looking for a specific gun to fill my bucket list. I'm not a collector per se, but I do have alot of pieces. I shoot all of them--they are not mint collectibles for my wife to sell. I do have several guns I'm saving specifically for my daughter and my grandson.



    "Everybody has a plan, until they get hit." M. Tyson
     
  23. MCgunner

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    YES, if I WANTED it. I worry more about WANT and not need now days. I don't NEED any new rifles.
     
  24. mach1.3

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    I'll pass this story along for the heck of it. An acquaintance of mine asked me if I'd be interested in buying a few of his guns. He needed some extra cash and his wife had some health issues. I said I'd look at what he had and see what I could do. He came over to my house with several guns he wanted to sell. 1. Browning Citori grade 6 20ga. in excellent condition, 2. Sako Finnwolf .308 with a Zeiss 3-9x scope, 3. Remington 700 BDL .22-250 with a Nikon Balvar 2.5-10x scope, 4. Weatherby Athena OU 12ga. with ported bbls. and Briley chokes, 5. Beretta 680 Silver Pigeon OU 12ga. in presentation case. 6. Weatherby V deluxe in .300 Wtby Mag. with Leupold 3-9x, Boss comp. 7. DU Beretta 390A 12ga. NIB. 8. Browning Hi-Power 9mm. Every gun seemed to be very well cared for and had each an original case. I was blown away when he told me how much he wanted for the lot. It was of course, several thousand dollars but worth every penny. I bought all eight and still have them.
     
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  25. 76shuvlinoff

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    I wish I could buy something ridiculously cheap... just once. :banghead:
     
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