I was at the local Thiesen's Farm and Home store yesterday buying screws when an old acquaintance and I bumped into each other. He was looking at traps. He told me that he had an issue at his place with a woodchuck family. He said he only had a couple of single shot shotguns and couldn't get close enough with them. He had looked at the 22 rifles that were on hand at the store but they they had no 22 ammo and one isn't much good without the other. Beside $250 was the going price on the cheapest 22 in the store and that was minus a scope. He was thinking 40 years ago and said he remembered when a good 22 would bring $50....he couldn't justify $250. He asked if I had a 22 that I could lone him and of course I did. He then asked if I would be interested in trading a 22 for one or both of his single shot shotguns. He couldn't remember for sure but thought that they were both H&R's. I invited him to come pick up a 22 and said bring the scatter guns and maybe we can work a trade. It turned out that one was a Topper 58 12 gauge in rough condition. The other one weren't no shotgun but rather a 45-70 in real nice shape. It was the somewhat older model with the scnabbled fore end. I happily swapped a Remington 597 with a 4x12 adj obj Simmons and a brick of Wild Cats for the 45-70.
I dunno what you guys think of the old H&R break action rifles but I really like them. I don't know why......I just do. I have a twin to it in 30-30 that I haven't shot in 10 years and have been offered fair money for it but for some reason I feel a loyalty to that gun and always turn down even the good offers for it. I could fulfill all of my hunting needs with these two guns if I took a mind to.
Anyone else have a soft spot for these old once shooters?