Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! 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.