While I was waiting for the background check to be completed by TBI after getting my Ruger Predator, I noticed a gentleman handling and admiring a beautiful lever action for sale (I believe it was a Henry Brass Wildlife, but not sure). He ran the action a couple of times and sounded smooth as butter and you can tell he liked it a lot. But he gave it back to the salesman and passing on the gun because there is no ammo for it.

Yes, the rifle was chambered for .30-30.

I thought it was weird. I figure that if you want it and can afford it, you should get it anyway and wait for the ammo to show up back in the shelves.  The again, I may understand the gentleman thinking why buy a gun you can’t shoot?  Some people (me included) don’t care for show pieces or safe queens, if we have a gun is because we can shoot it (Which does not mean we do it regularly, but that is another story for a different day).

If you think about it, this “restraining” on shopping a gun is not uncommon, but it was applied to obsolete/extinct calibers/unpopular or chamberings so new, there is no a well established supply line yet. But for the venerable .30-30? It boggles my mind.

Which is why I do want to thank you and pass the eternal gratitude of my Brother in Law to those of you who have shared your precious finds and stock so he can keep his lever gun fed.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

3 thoughts on “When lack of ammo hurts gun sales.”
  1. Went to a gun show yesterday, small venue in a small town. Couple guys had a table of all different kinds of ammo…. .35 Remington-$100.00 a BOX of 20. My buddy is lookin for 218BEE- $85.00 a BOX
    I didnt even think of 30-30..
    I think we need to stop buying ammo at stupid prices so hoarders will get real

  2. I can understand both sides of this.
    In the spring i wandered into a local gun store and saw an Arisaka 6.5mm rifle for sale, looking pretty nice. $400 I think, or a little over. Visited again a few weeks ago, it was still there.
    That prompted me to look at ammo. It turns out it does exist, new, or from web sellers. And it can be reloaded (which is something I have never done). So maybe…. it’s a bit of an odd choice for a first rifle but I remain somewhat tempted. Oh yes, matching bayonets are also available it appears. 🙂

    It does seem that the ammo shortage translates into an increased incentive to learn and do reloading.

  3. I was told at a gun store that a customer couldn’t find ammunition for his weapon. Seeing some ammunition on the shelf, he wanted to buy the weapon that shot that ammunition.

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