Tempted by a Deer Rifle

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 BundleOpens in a new tab.. 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…


Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - Iā€™m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

8 thoughts on “Tempted by a Deer Rifle

    1. It is tempting because of the price. Due to the way guns tend to hold their value, I’m positive that if the need arose I could sell the rife a few years from now and wind up getting more for it than came out of my pocket to buy it.

      Thanks for leaving a comment

  1. I have been caught up in a similar situation but not with Cabales. When I find myself stuck on should I or shouldn’t I questions, I try and ask myself will I use it if I buy it? If the answer is more or less no then I find something else. possibly a scope or red dot for a 22lr, or some more ammo, or spruce up your gun gear. Just my 2 cents. let me know how you make out.

    1. Corey,
      I wouldn’t mind putting a red dot on my wife’s Beretta Neos. That is something to think about…

    1. Nice pick up.

      A few months back I was all set to buy a Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport. The shop didn’t have one in stock so I left without spending any money. The next day I had to take my car into the shop. On one hand it is great that I didn’t but the AR but on the other, it almost brought a tear to my eye handing over every cent of my gun money to have my car fixed.

  2. Ha, I was all set to buy a Beretta A400 for sporting clays last Christmas, then ended up spending all that money at the dentist. But for the price of that rifle it must be hard to say no, hunter or not. Just got done building a 9mm AR tonight. I need to find a cheaper hobby. šŸ˜€

    1. Steve,
      9mm AR sounds like a lot of fun (and a pretty cheap way to shoot)

      It’s been a long while since I’ve been out shooting Sporting Clays. I was doing it with my father’s old Remington Wingmaster. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a new shotgun, I haven’t used another another pump shotgun with an action as smooth

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