Just got back from the gun and knife show at the New Bern, NC, fair grounds; fairly small show as usual with the usual vendors in their usual spots with their usual wares. Only saw (1) Marlin there - it was a new 336W in 30-30 (still had the Marlin tag hanging off it) priced at $445 + tax. Right next to it was a Rossi Rio Grande in 30-30 priced at $435 + tax; there was also a blonde Winchester 30-30 labeled as "pre-64" next to them priced at $750. Those were abut the only lever guns in the entire place [along with a Rossi 45/70 on the same table]., most all the other rifles were bolt actions or "tactical/military/futuristic" looking semi autos. One vendor had his same old stock of beat up Commblock semis for lots-a $ and another had what seemed to be his same beat up American relics for lots-a $ as well.
There was virtually no 30-30 ammo - (1) vendor had a few boxes (like 4) of Winchester Super X priced at $30+ tax - most all the others did not have any at all (1 said he sold out within the first hour, but I don't know how many boxes he had to start). I did however find my favorite ammo vendor with plenty of ammo in almost all calibers except .22LR and bought several boxes of 170g Remington Cor-Lokt 30-30 for $17/box (which included the tax) and a 50 round box of Magtech .357 Magnum (JSP) for $25. Most of the other prices for handgun loads in 20 round boxes seemed to be about $25-$35; this seemed to be the price range from all the vendors. Most vendors seemed to want $25-$40/box for all other rifle calibers. I could have gotten a 50 round box of 240g .44 Magnum for the carbine @$25 as well but had plenty of expenses in my hand as it were and it seemed to be an off brand that I can't quite remember (Independence -?- or something), all other "name-brand" 44 Mag was $25-$35 for 20 round boxes.
Only (2) vendors had any .22LR ammo but I didn't have my first born with me so did not even think about purchasing from them. One vendor wanted $45 for a 333 round box of Federal bulk ammo (that usually sells for about $13) and $65 for a 550 count box of Federal bulk .22LR. The other vendor wanted $15 for a 50 round box of CCI mini-mag .22LR hollow points and $30 for a box of 100 CCI mini-mag hollow points (I think I paid $7/bx of 100 for these at Wal-Mart a couple months ago). Prices were all pre-tax.
I also passed for the time being on the purchase of a 4 5/8" barrel Heritage Rough Rider single action .22/.22 mag (both cylinders) N.I.B. for $245 otd. I thought since I had spent quite a bit on ammo already, I'll maybe get one of these at the next show or two down the road. I had seen one in 4 5/8" barrel at the last show for $180 but am now not so sure it had both cylinders (might not have had the .22 mag). I really like the fit, feel and balance of the 4 5/8" barrel model. That vendor told me that Heritage was bought out by Taurus and these pistols will be coming with a lifetime warranty in the next couple months....anybody else hear about that?
Anyway - that was my morning - Still getting dumped on by the dregs of Andrea in between Beautifully Sunny Carolina Blue skies filled with big white puffy cumulus clouds (some with grey underbellies full of water) - rains are spotty but heavy and with the sun out the un-air conditioned building the show is being held in was quickly turning into a sauna with all the bodies pressing passed in the narrow aisles. "Show" continues through tomorrow -
Team 30-30 #839
"The essential difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals could not exist without conservatives to defend their freedom and support them economically. Conservatives on the other hand, could exist and live quite well without the liberals." - unknown (to me)
At least they HAD some 22lr ammo. Too rich for my blood, though.
Too darn old to change, and too darn stubborn to want to.