Greetings Sportsfans, It has recently come once again to my attention why (against all advice to the contrary) why I would consistently and constantly throw my monetary assistance toward a small, but well-established gun store. I will say in predicate that I certainly shop around. My dollars are not doled out in willy-nilly fashion. But I will also advise to the "up and coming"readers here with newfound direction in gun interest, that a firm relationship with a firm and solid gunstore of durable reputation may well reap rewards far and beyond the first few purchases. Here is how it might happen: My local rural gunstore guy 5 days ago phoned me to tell me he got a group of nice guns in from an estate. To make a very long story short, I advised him I would be there in 25 minutes. I found one I wanted. He put it away for me for NO money up front. I finally paid him today. Fat-barrel 700 BDL Remington in .223, Circa 1981 unfired. Yep, podunk off-the-beaten-path Gunstore. Yep, got it 25% or more off going rate. A modern collectable. There will be no more. Doubt me? Check the going rate on these good fat-barreled Remingtons I am a pig in things that pigs lay around in. Compliments to the editors, but it is not bubblegum. Bottom line: Find a good small gunshop, patronize regularly, (even if its just solvent and patches), and find yourself on the "list" when good stuff comes in. You might pay more on the little crap, but where the rubber hits the road, you will come out shining. No charge for this advice. Drive Safely.