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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by fendermallot, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. fendermallot

    fendermallot Aloha, OR Member

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    So... the question is, do I support my friend in his gun sales or get a much better price from a big box store?

    I'm going to buy my first hunting rifle soon and my buddy said he can get me a "smoking" deal on a Rem. 770 .30-06 for $369. I'm sure it's smoking for him as he would only be buying 1 unit. I see the same model rifle for $299 everywhere.

    Do I help my buddy out for an extra $70 or save some cash?
     
  2. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Junction City Active Member

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    Does that include the background check at his price? I'd say support your buddy and remind him of that when you really want something!
     
  3. huthuthike

    huthuthike Hillsboro OR Active Member

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    Give your friend the facts and see if he explain why $70 more is a smoking deal. Maybe he's getting a scope, ammo or extra accessories at that price? Or not...
     
  4. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    ask him if he price matches haha
     
  5. fendermallot

    fendermallot Aloha, OR Member

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    No, that price is because he'd only be buying 1 unit versus a big store buying 100 units and getting a better deal. Therefore they can pass the savings onto their customers.

    SteelyDan, I hadn't thought about it, but is a background check required for purchasing a hunting rifle now? I don't have a problem passing, just didn't realize you needed one for a rifle.
     
  6. fendermallot

    fendermallot Aloha, OR Member

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    and yes, it's a combo set. Comes with a Bushness 3-9x40 scope with full duplex reticles
     
  7. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    If you are going to buy a 770 you might as well just give the money away, those rifles are a junk!

    On a budget of $300-$400 look at a Savage or Weatherby Vanguard package instead.
     
  8. fendermallot

    fendermallot Aloha, OR Member

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    Like the Savage 111? I saw that at Bi-Mart for $350
     
  9. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    That is a decent price and the Savage 111, though ugly, is a hundred times the rifle that the 770 will ever be.
     
  10. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    Does your friend own a gun store? If we all buy guns at big boxes, gun stores would eventually cease to exist. Then we all lose. Does anyone believe that Walmart, Bi-mart, etc. really gives a rip about the second amendment? What they care about is moving unit$ of merchandi$e. If they can $ell more purple widget$ than gun$ from the $ame floor $pace, the gun$ would di$appear.

    I'm not bashing the big box stores, that's just the way the world works in a capitalist republic. If you care more about the second amendment than saving a few bucks, support your local gun store.
     
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  11. fendermallot

    fendermallot Aloha, OR Member

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    No store yet. He is working to take over his father's CPA and he sells guns as a side job. As well as owning a karaoke company. He's an "entrepreneur".

    He used to sell here, but he had a disagreement with the forum owner and he was removed.

    Anyway, if you guys had $500, what would you buy? Need it to work for deer and elk.
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Thanks,I have a rude number and I'm close to it now so I appreciate it when someone else steps up to take my place,lol

    I would save some money and buy a Rem 700 a howa,a savage 10,110, or go to a gun show and buy used.
    But you are supposed to buy your rifle about 3-4 months ago way before hunting season.
    Don't really have much time to practice with it now.
    You know,become proficient with the rifle? Hit bubblegum easily?
     
  13. fendermallot

    fendermallot Aloha, OR Member

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    I'm not worried about this year. This is for future use. I'm planning way in advance.
     
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  14. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I would tell him that his price sucks.
     
  15. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    As somebody who just started with my FFL, and has a VERY hard time matching big box prices, I would say tell you friend where you can get it cheaper, how m,uch, and ask him if he can get close to the price, or if there are other options that come with it.

    When I log into my vendor/distributor's catalogs, I get a price break for stocking dealership at around QTY 10 or 15 firearms from a given manufacturer, not hundreds. They don't all have to be the same model, either. So it's expensive for me to become a stocking dealer, but not unreasonable if you want to be come a business and not a hobby.

    Or you could comes see the guys at my shop: most definitely not a big box store.
     
  16. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would tell him the same thing.
    Go to Bi-Mart.
     
  17. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    little over $500

    tikka t3

    rem 700

    if you want to go really cheap, yet effective, Mosin Nagant.
     
  18. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    That's a tough one. I've been in a similar situation but since i'm cheap, I went for the cheaper price. Like others have already suggested, I would look into a better rifle. A Remington 700 would be awesome if you could shell out the extra cash.
     
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    kukusya King County Wa Active Member

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    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Since I don't know rifles I'll answer your original question. YES, spend the extra on your buddy. In fact a friend is worth much more than $70. A good friend can last a lifetime. Money is like the wind, it will come and go.
    Good luck and stay safe,
    Mike
     
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