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.