Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box
I grew up in farming country, which also meant groundhog country in that day and time. My only groundhog gun at that time was a Winchester model 67 .22 rimfire. While it was beautifully accurate even with open sights, it lacked the range I needed for those distance chucks.
Early one spring I came up with a plan. In one of the nearby small towns we lived was a hardware store owned by a former neighbor of ours. I went into that hardware store one Saturday morning fully confident I could convince Herbert my plan was solid. I explained how all the local farmers had hay to haul each summer and since I had a good reputation as a worker, I could have that new rifle paid off in no time. Herbert nodded in agreement and said he would get it ordered.
The next Saturday I ran into Herbert’s hardware store to see if my new rifle had arrived. Herbert had seen me coming and disappeared into the back. Seconds later he came back out with a big smile on his face carrying a long box that said Remington on top.
When Herbert opened that box and my eyes first saw that Remington 700 ADL .243, I was in love. That was before the form 4473 and the whole deal was sealed with a handshake.
It took 10,800 bales of hay to pay that rifle off at a penny a bale and a total price, including tax of 108.00.
I got a Lee loader and a box of Sierra 75 gr. H.P. bullets and I was in business. It was my first rifle that I reloaded for. Herbert started a fire that still burns today. As Bob Hope use to say, thanks for the memories.