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Off Topic Decision Time

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by MikeH, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. MikeH


    Oct 18, 2001
    Clerk in LGS was unboxing a newly received rifle as I walked by yesterday. He said that it had taken them a year to get it. It was a type of rifle that has been a grail for me but I had never seriously pursued buying one until there it lay in all it's splendor. Furthermore, it is scarce and discontinued. I am not going to identify it further at this time except to say that it was an unusual caliber for this type of gun, and my eye doctor who advised me to retire my .30-06 would have no issue with this caliber. If I were younger, I might buy it and put it away for a sure future profit. At my age, I'm not buying anything that I won't shoot.
    I had in my pocket the proceeds from two recent gun sales to this same shop which would put me within $300 of the price, although this gun demands a very nice scope which runs the tab up a bit. Sale of a couple of more guns could take care of that. The real issue is the rest of the story.
    I'm 72 years old now and haven't been able to hunt in about five years due to recurring back surgeries. I have not totally given up hope of hunting again. but it is at best a 30/70 chance.
    I can't walk the distance to set up a target stand on the 100 yd. berm of the public range I frequent, so my rifle shooting with my 6.5X55 Merkel is at targets of opportunity, namely range debris like clay target shards and cardboard scraps, and an occasional soda can. Buying another rifle seems a little foolish.

    I think I will check back with the shop in the morning. If it has sold, my dilemma is resolved. If it hasn't, maybe even old men need to do something foolish once in a while.
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  2. Elly's Pa

    Elly's Pa

    Mar 23, 2016
    I suggest getting to the shop a few minutes before the shop opens and when the doors open walk in there and get your grail. Enjoy shooting your targets of opportunity with your grail.
  3. Murman


    Nov 11, 2015
    I concur, get it. And teach some young folks how to shoot. Part of their training is set up targets... ;)
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  4. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Why not get it? Hmmm? None of us are getting any younger & if that one thing brings back that youthful smile...:) Photos after the purchase would be nice indeed. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  5. jay drews

    jay drews Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    My friend I own dozens of vintage s&w revolvers many that I have never shot , I own a fair amount of knives as well most go unused. Its like art appreciate it for the beautiful wood grain...over a cup coffee and fine cigar work the action.....dry fire it alittle...and enjoy just having it!
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  6. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Mike, I think it’s pretty clear you need that gun. I bet your wife would concur.:thumbsup:

    No regrets
  7. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Get it. Age is all in the head mostly. My Dad is 74 and cancelled his hip replacement as it would keep him off the Harley. Even if you can't shoot it you can sit and fondle it. I have a lot of stuff that brings me joy owning even if I don't use.
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  8. Ryker

    Ryker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2015
    “Buying another rifle seems a little foolish.” o_O
    My friend, please don’t let logic interfere with your hobbies.
  9. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    you never know. You might be able to take it with you. Get it

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  10. jay drews

    jay drews Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    u812....please tell my knees, back,neck,and every other body part that age is just in your mind....cause brother they dont listen to me
  11. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    Get it. I wish I could help you enjoy it.
  12. gk4ever2

    gk4ever2 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2008
    If you really like it then go for it Mike, otherwise you might regret passing on it. I have regrets about not buying things in the past. :(
  13. polskiogorki

    polskiogorki Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2015
    Buy it!!! From what I'm hearing when time comes you will only regret the things you didn't do, not the things you did.
  14. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Or, get one of those .50cal air rifles (little recoil & can be had w/ a silencer), & get a side by side to ride out to the stand.
  15. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    I also think you should get it. I have all kinds of rifles that I have no "need" for other than I just really wanted one. Had a couple nice deer rifles but I always wanted a nice Mauser in 7x57mm so with the help of a buddy I built one. I dont even hunt deer anymore but my grail rifle has always been a Winchester model 70 in .264 Winchester mag so I still plan on locking one down someday.
  16. Ironkid883

    Ironkid883 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 29, 2018
    God i hope i can still ride my harley at that ripe age ride on ride free only another 40 yrs to wait n see
  17. uGAshooter

    uGAshooter Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    If you can afford it, and it makes you happy, go for it! Life is full of seemingly “foolish” purchases, but as long as they don’t jeopardize your family’s finances they can create memories that last longer than the stuff itself (whether good or bad).
    Don’t forget to post pics of the rifle though!
  18. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    I'm only 43 & I gave up on Need vs Want a long time ago

    They were nearly all Wants, instead of Needs....so if I want it I gets it
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  19. jay drews

    jay drews Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    Danmit man we have gone through this already.......BUY the rifle...your married (she aint kicked u out yet) ....listen like a "siren she calls you .....you cant refuse".....quote from Bob Dylan
  20. jay drews

    jay drews Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    little hoot makes A BIG POINT!

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