My 9 year old grandson Andrew is always interested in my guns when he is over. He looked at my C&R rifles and asked me, “Which one is the most powerful?” I showed him a Mauser and he said, “That’s the one I want to use.”
I asked him what he needed it for and he said, “To hunt bears.”
I asked him, “And just where do you expect to find a bear around here?”
He just stared at me and said, “In the woods……Duh.”
Well, any boy that wants to hunt bears in Southeast Texas needs a bear rifle.
I started looking for a muzzle loading rifle for him, as I thought he would enjoy all the fire and smoke. I found a Traditions Hawken rifle in .50 caliber at a local pawn shop, but they wanted new price for it, which is around $350. They wouldn’t deal on it, so I kept looking.
I eventually found one at a pawn shop when visiting my buddy in Killeen, Texas. They had $249 on theirs, but I offered them $150 OTD (out the door, taxes included). The manager said he couldn’t go that low, but said he would take $170 OTD. I told him to wrap it up.