Went to the little one-room gun show in Eagle River on Saturday. Not expecting much really, but was an interesting morning.
Arrived around noon, hoping to look for a Rockchucker reloading press, more on that later. As we approached the door, my young son paused and says "hey dad, that's Dan Sullivan" . Seems like he was making an appearance, as there was a lady with him there setting up a camera on a tripod. Being camera shy I decided to let my son take the lead and introduce himself, after all he was toting his muzzleloader, a good example of the hunting outdoorsman in the making. He promptly refused. So I walked up,introduced myself, and got my 10 seconds of fame and a campaign trail handshake.
Anyway, on to the gunshow. Son wants to trade in his smokepole for something more useful or easier to shoot and burn up ammo. No takers, and he is heartbroken. He has had this little rifle for a few years and does some really good shooting with it. In his mind it it surely equal to a 45-70 Springfield or .22 Revolver. None of the collectors or traders there are willing to share his point of view and we leave after a thorough test of any and all tables for a possible deal.
Dad also wants to see this little musket move on to a new owner, he has outgrown it's small size and is getting ready for more long range shooting. So on a whim we went up the road to Boondock sporting goods. Over the years we have bought some rifles, reloading gear, and "stuff" from them and always got good stuff at a fair price. The guy at the counter listens to my kiddo's proposition; "trade this kid size musket for the stainless .22 on your rack?" To my surprise he says, "lets go talk to the boss". So in he goes to the office and then gets a detailed and honest explanation of how business is done, and why a kid's muzzleloader rifle doesn't equal a SS Marlin takedown .22.
I was really impressed that they took the time to treat him like a valued future customer, so we made a deal and everybody went away happy.
Soooooo, no reloading press for dad, but son has a new rifle to test and master, that's a good thing. Winter season is full of shows and I will find myself a press.
Nothing ventured - nothing gained!