Tuesday, June 7, 2011
My 50-Cent Shooting Box
I'm sure that I'm not the only person who muzzleloads who also loves to get up early on Saturday morning, when the snow's not flying, and drive around looking for yard and garage sales. I love a great bargain, and much of my hunting, fishing, and especially camping gear comes from these front and back yard extravaganzas. Some of my outstanding recent buys include a set of insulated chest waders...still new in the box...in my size...for just $10. And I was just about to head on over to the local sporting goods store and pay $130 for the same thing. (And the price sticker showed that was exactly where these came from!) Another great deal was a set of top quality Motorola camouflaged hand-held radios...again like new. And when I asked the price, the guy looked me in the eye and said..."How about a dollar?" After I handed him the buck, and had the radios and chargers in my hands, I asked him what was wrong with them. He simply said they wouldn't charge. I took them home, plugged in the chargers, set the radios in...and they charged just fine. In fact, they stay in my truck, sometimes for a month or more, and they hold a full charge.
I could name plenty more great buys...but I don't want to create too much competition for those unbelievable bargains.
Of all the things I've bought at yard sales this summer, one has easily been used more than anything else. It's an old hand-made wooden carpenter's box - which I bought for 50-cents. That's it in the photo above...being used as a shooting box. I keep it and a few other old tool boxes (also bought at yard sales) to keep shooting supplies in - powder, bullets, sabots, primers, several tools, loading equipment, cleaning supplies, you name it - all ready to head to the range. This particular "shooting box" is for the more recent in-line rifle models I use as my regular test rifles. And it sure makes getting ready to go to the range easy. I just slip a rifle or two or three into the truck, and grab this box - and I'm set.
One thing is for certain, I keep this old wooden box well supplied with Harvester Muzzleloading "Crush Rib Sabots" - and a variety of the Harvester bullets. More than once, I've come to the aid of another muzzleloading hunter/shooter who just could not get a rifle to shoot well with other loading components...and got them the tight groups they were seeking using the same Harvester Muzzleloading component combinations that ALWAYS work for me.
I'd have to say that old carpenter's box was the best half-of-a-buck I've ever spent.
What do you use to haul your shooting stuff to the range?