Bear Hunting - Nov 25 2013 - 2

Every year, after Thanksgiving Dinner, my wife’s side of the family has a tradition of making and exchanging Secret Santa lists. My list typically consists of items I find flipping through a store circular or gift cards for stores that I frequent.

This year I was caught off guard when my in-laws gave me $100 Cabela’s Gift Certificate. Ever since Christmas I’ve been periodically eyeing up the sale flyers looking for something to spend it on. My initial plan was to pick up a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. I’ve been wanting one for quite a while and while I hate the idea of buying a gun from Cabelas, it seemed like a great way to save some money.

Unfortunately, when Cabela’s finally put the Shield on sale, it still cost more than regular price at my local gun store (The Handgunner in Topton, PA). On sale, with my gift certificate, I would have wound up paying $50 less than I would have normally.

The idea of burning a $100 Gift Certificate to save $50 seemed foolish so I passed on the sale. Out of boredom I began poking around in the Centerfire Rifle Section and came across the Remington 783 Bundle. It is a bolt-action rifle with 3-9×40 scope and is available in a variety of calibers.

With the Sale Price of the rifle coming in at $319, plus a $40 mail in rebate, plus $100 gift certificate, this $179 rifle is looking very appealing. In fact, I probably have a couple of dollars in Cabela’s Points to bring the price down a little farther.

The thing is, what the hell am I going to do with a hunting rifle? I don’t have much desire to hunt whitetail deer with a rifle (I bow hunt) and I can’t see myself getting out to hunt much else with it. I’ve been out bear hunting once with a rifle (borrowed from a friend who invited me to come out with him) but that is about the extent of my rifle hunting experience.

I suppose I should just keep waiting for something useful to pop up on sale…