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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
    At best things may level out but it’s doubtful we’ll go back to any where near what we were used to. I can see a glut of used guns coming into shops when many of the panic buyers decide to cash out for what they can get.

    I’d hoped to spend much of my retirement shooting more often but time will tell. It isn’t that far off, should be in the term following the next presidential election.
    "IF" we have another presidential election! 🤯!
    I figure the (d)'s "KNOW" they can't win the WH in '24 and will pull whatever dirty tricks they can dig up out of the bag.
    They are "STILL" trying to prosecute Trump!

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  • fitch270
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    At best things may level out but it’s doubtful we’ll go back to any where near what we were used to. I can see a glut of used guns coming into shops when many of the panic buyers decide to cash out for what they can get.

    I’d hoped to spend much of my retirement shooting more often but time will tell. It isn’t that far off, should be in the term following the next presidential election.

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  • FirstBubba
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    "... Inflation is going to gobble up discretionary spending ..."

    Already has! My budget is about 3 turns tighter than tree bark now!
    When Trump was in office, I always had a few bucks stuck back.

    Buck Joe Fiden!

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    I am of the opinion that things aren’t going to get better anytime soon. The supply base is severely damaged from labor and material shortages due to the inept handling of the plandemic. Inflation is going to gobble up discretionary spending and manufacturers aren’t likely to produce (aka import from Asia) much of what they can’t see selling. Guns and ammo will continue to be hoarded during these uncertain times driving up prices and limiting availability. I am positive that I have enough to supply my hunting needs for 2 lifetimes and enough to go down in a pile of hot brass if the SHTF. Be safe out there!

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  • crm3006
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    Getting to be the same situation around here. The M&P gun store and reloader that I did business with for years, is gone. Told me he couldn't keep up with the demand he had with the supply he could get. (That was actually back in the last of the obummer years!) Local outlets that have managed to stay in business, have all gone tacticool. Apparently there is more market to Tommy wannabe tactical badass than to hunters and shooters.
    I have bought the last four weapons I have purchased, online. Two rifles, one shotgun, one EDC .38 Special +P hideout. Guns are there, if you have the patience to look and wait, and a little horse trading, offer/counter offer sometimes will work, also.
    Dick's and F&S stores up on I 45 S seem to be struggling. Don't think the bicycle and hiking crowd can keep them in business much longer, with Academy, Cabela's, Bass Pro, and six or seven Carter's Country stores all within less than an hour's drive around them. Carter's County is a local outfit, advertizes "guns and huntin' stuff", but unfortunately for ya'll that aren't in Texas, they are only local to the Houston area. (Don't know if they do internet business or not. Google Carter's Country.)
    Downside of having all these outlets around, none of them have ammunition, powder, components, or much selection on shotgun shells. Couple of years ago, every retailer and Wallyworld would have been advertising 12 and 20 gauge dove loads, cheaper than the next guy!
    Possibly this is only a setback for a few years, with a change in administrations and a different set of political values, the situation may come back to something resembling normal. However, I would buy what I could get, save whatever I could, and keep my powder dry. May get worse, a lot worse, before it gets better.
    crm

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  • FirstBubba
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    "... I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve burst the bubble on all the gimmicky junk that’s been piled to the ceilings in these places. There’s no money in filling those buildings with items that don’t move.

    Maybe it’s just me.

    Thoughts? ..."

    Just how many "butt out" tools can you sell in Homeville, USA?

    I think you have a valid point. We would get a load of goods at the store I worked in.
    "What the hell is going to but THIS crap?" It would fly off the shelves!
    "Wow! These things ought to sell like hit cakes!"
    A year later, I'm dusting them on the shelf instead of checking them out at the register!

    In the store we found in Bishop, there was stuck back on shelves from the 50's and 60's!
    He had a 25 round box of 10 gauge blanks! Who in blue blazes shoots 10 gauge blanks?

    Found a RCBS #5 case trimmer gauge! I'd never seen one! Didn't even know they existed.
    Kid bought it! $6.99!
    "Why?", I asked.
    "Because you don't have one!"
    MEC 1.75 ounce charge bars!
    MEC charge bar powder bushings.
    Williams front and rear iron sights.
    Crap I hadn't seen in 40 years still graced his shelves.
    Next time we go by, I'm going to spend and hour or two digging through his cache!

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    Anybody ever see one or have one, or the set?
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  • fitch270
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    I posted this as a new thread over on OL but thought I’d just add it here since this is what started me thinking about it.
    I could probably word things a little better if I took the time but you should get the idea where I’m going with it. Here goes, cut and paste.




    So the gun show wasn’t a total surprise, I still wanted to go for several reasons. One was to get an idea of what’s out there. Another was just because we haven’t had many chances the past year and a half. The last was to hit up the Gander Outdoor store up the road.

    That store closing out of hunting, fishing and apparel shocked me. The location is smack dab in the middle of the state, just a ways off the NYS Thruway and near some of the best fishing opportunities you could want. Decent population base and easy access. Seems odd.


    Maybe not. With all the other shortages of late it’s easy to think
    it’s a supply issue. But even before last year hunting & fishing outlets were going through some serious changes. A decade ago there was huge competition for market share, then it seemed like things started going downhill fast. BassPro/Cabela’s merger, Gander Mtn out of business, DSP and Walmart backing off gun sales, etc. You wouldn’t think demand was down that much even under Trump. Internet sales to blame? Maybe but much of those were from the big players anyway. Big box stores thrive on turnover, they stock what sells. The first time I walked into the Hamburg Cabela’s I was in awe. Almost as much my first Gander Mtn visit. I certainly like clearance deals but was still careful about what I bought. After awhile when the newness wore off I started looking around and thinking “Who buys all this crap?

    I’m starting to think less and less people. Not so much for a lack of interest in the sports, but more because of a mind set. Younger folks tend to be minimalists. Older folks already have enough stuff that’s still usable, if it gets used at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve burst the bubble on all the gimmicky junk that’s been piled to the ceilings in these places. There’s no money in filling those buildings with items that don’t move.

    Maybe it’s just me.

    Thoughts?

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  • FirstBubba
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    Stumbled into a M&P gun store in Bishop, TX yesterday.
    Lots of guns, some roading powders and a few bullets. NO primers! LOL!
    They had quite a selection of ammo, but no big stocks...except some .270 Wby Mag ammo! There had to be 20 or 30 boxes in various bullet weights. It was priced $69.99 up to $99.99 per box.
    The name of the place is "Outdoor Country". www.camo99.com.

    Even found a Rem 11-48 16ga. Nice gun, but it was plenty well used and priced a bit too high for it's condition.

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  • dewman
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    Fitch270: That's wild. I think it interesting that here in Missouri there are +4,000 guns listed on Armslist yet barely 400 for all of New York. For 270's there are bolts, pumps, autos, only one in ss though.(Savage). Farm&Homes around here have plenty of guns too. Though "common" ammo seems to flow up and down there is a LOT of oddball stuff in calibers I've never heard of.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Oh yeah!
    THIS caught my attention!

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    Browning "Buckmark" w/laser dot sight!
    That would be fun to play with for a while! 😃👀

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  • FirstBubba
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    Just left Academy in Corpus Christi, TX.
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    Seemed to be a "sufficient" number of guns, just nothing I was interested in.
    Ammo:
    plenty .22LR
    Some .223
    Some .308
    Bunch of .350 Legend?
    Pistol ammo! 1 20 round box of .40 S&W $31.99!

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by Danbo

    I was in Runnings last week and they didn't have much.
    Good to know, thanks!

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

    5 hours out of Syracuse and you would not be in NY.

    Check this out. the Fin has two stores I can easily get to. It is privately owned and I think he is up to 5 or 6 stores now. https://www.bing.com/search?q=fin+fe...77f8d8263583cd
    I said round trip Jim, 2.5 hours each way.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
    Actually the show itself wasn’t too bad, it was the 5 hour round trip eating up the beautiful day that hurt. I come home from most of them empty handed but when I do find something it generally makes it worth putting the time in. Much like yard sales and auctions.
    5 hours out of Syracuse and you would not be in NY.

    Check this out. the Fin has two stores I can easily get to. It is privately owned and I think he is up to 5 or 6 stores now. https://www.bing.com/search?q=fin+fe...77f8d8263583cd

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  • fitch270
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    Actually the show itself wasn’t too bad, it was the 5 hour round trip eating up the beautiful day that hurt. I come home from most of them empty handed but when I do find something it generally makes it worth putting the time in. Much like yard sales and auctions.

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