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I got a 16 gauge Sears Model 14 single shot bolt action between 10th and 11th birthday. It is within 3 feet of my as I type this. My mom was apposed to me having my own gun. Dad reconciled it with you can have a gun when you can pay for it. Every day after school and on Saturday I picked cotton. Picked it clean I think for 3 cents a pound. After the cotton season ended, I had I think $16. The next Friday I announced that I had $26 and the above shotgun was $24 at the local Sears store. Saturday into town we went I had enough to get the gun and 1 box low brass #6's. Dad did not ask where I got the money. All the deal was I had to pay for it and I did.
The next day after Church, we were eating Sunday dinner and my mother said. You should get your bike and go riding with Gary Allen ( the closest neighbor ), I saw him riding a bike yesterday and it looks just like yours. Dad looked and me and grinned.
I sold dressed squirrels for a quarter a piece to pay for my shells.
 

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410 bolt action with a tube feed, it was my grandfathers gun that he got as a child, still have it and it will be going to my grandson when he is of age, I hopefully will be around to see him kill his first rabbit with it over my hounds someday. I am 60 and got it when I was 11 used to squirrel hunt with it , you could knock them out of the tall beach trees for sure, dang where do the years go
 

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Most of yall are a good bit older than i...

How much was a box of shells back then if you could buy a shotgun for 20 some dollars??

How about a puppy or a started dog??

I think I paid anywhere from $1.25 to $2.25. Canuck was cheap higher in wound be Peter's or High Brass Winchester. I paid $10 for a finished birddog in late 60's
 

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I started with a Winchester 1200 in 16ga used it a couple year and sold it because it was too heavy. Got a single barrel H&R 16 ga used it a few years and sold it. Got a remington 870 wingmaster 12ga still have it but don't use it anymore. I got a 20 ga 870 express youth gun with a 18 inch barrel that is real nice too carry. Them youth guns are nice when you get old.lol
 

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I think I paid anywhere from $1.25 to $2.25. Canuck was cheap higher in wound be Peter's or High Brass Winchester. I paid $10 for a finished birddog in late 60's
That blows my mind!! But you think about how much pay scale would have been in those days ....it makes sense...

It's still crazy!
 
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