I was wandering through the Trading Post this evening to buy a couple of thousand primers. The manager saw me and reached into a pile of pawned, dusty rifles to pull out a Model 70 Winchester in 30-06 which he promptly handed me. He knew that I was looking for another 30-06 loaner to replace the Howa I gave to my son-in-law last year. The rifle had some case wear on the barrel but a nicely figured walnut stock and an absolutely crisp bore. It cost me $300 US and I just couldn't pass it up.
Next week I am to deliver a loaner rifle to my daughter's father-in-law to use on a deer hunt in South Dakota. I had intended to let him use my M-70 243 (a rifle I have no emotion and little use for) but I am doubtful as to his marksmanship abilities. Last year he used my FN 30-06 (and killed a deer by the brute force of a raking shot) but I rebarreled that to 6,5x55 and he is not getting that. I hate the thought of a wounded deer due to poor marksmanship so I couldn't help feel that this rifle's appearance was Providential. It was, perhaps, a Divine Intervention.
I'll not be the man who would stand between the Will of the Almighty and a rifle purchase!??!!~Muir