Been busier'n a pup with two tails the last couple weeks. Most of the deer and elk general hunts start this weekend, the rest in a few days. Of course, most guys are waiting till the last possible minute to get their guns repaired, scopes replaced, still scurrying around for last year's super-duper-whizbang factory load that blew down the forest and left the meat laying on the ground cut, wrapped and frozen......and dumbstruck when they find out that their flash-in-the-pan wonder ammo didn't make it to the second year of production.
It occured to me to keep a short mental list (not possible for a long mental list in THIS brain-housing group) of what these guys were seeking, firearms-wise, and why.
First up, it amazed me just how many guys still think there are tons of 99 Savages chambered to their .300 Savage round still out there. I put a few hash marks down on a scrap of paper (as scientific as this study gets) for the cartridge/gun combinations guys were asking for.
Perhaps ten guys wanted the 99/.300 guns.
That many again were looking for cut-down or purpose built youth guns chambered to .243, but more asked first if we had any 6mm Remingtons kicking around. Most were looking for rifles for their 12 year old, first time hunting, daughters! In that group of seekers, a few still want a .260 Remington, but would absolutely turn green and look aghast at the mention of a nice 6.5X55 Swede....amazing. There were a couple of these guys who I figure were lying about getting kids/wives rifles, and secretly wanted a new gun for themselves, especially after learning of the diminutive stature of their Beloved's physique, and then having them ask for .358 Winchester or .350 Remington carbines!!!
Still high on the list was guys getting truly upset after learning (almost three years after the fact) that they couldn't still buy a 94 Winchester in .30-30, and that those that WERE available had doubled, tripled, and in some cases even more, increased in price! Those same gents looked like the aforementioned .260 shoppers, when it was pointed out that there were brand spanking new Marlins sitting on the rack that were stronger, perhaps more accurate, and capable of mounting 'glass without a hitch....
Those looking for shotguns for first-time bird hunters are at long last past the notion that they need to start kids out with a .410! Most-sold combination for kids' shotguns is the 870 Express Youth in 20 ga. with 26" barrels, ribbed, with choke tubes and 3" chambers.
In light of what could reasonably be expected to happen if that there one guy gets the white house, and his party retains a big majority in both houses, and what they might be putting on the SCOTUS, high capacity handguns, AR type rifles, Mini-14's, AK's in any and all variations, as well as magazines to feed them, and ammunition by the case lot, especially ammunition, are flying off the shelves!
Be interestin' to see what happens come Christmas time, and how much of it comes back to us around April 15th next year!!!!