Back in the early 80"s, the local Sunset Sports (now Big 5) had a "Moonlight Madness Sale". All green tag clearance items 50% off lowest price. They had a brand new Winchester Model 70 Lightweight Carbine with a nice walnut stock chambered for 30-06 Springfield marked with a green tag for $289.95. I asked them if it qualified for the 50% Moonlight Madness sale and they said yes. Oh, and there was also a $40 mail in rebate available. So although the 30-06 was not my first choice of cartridge, I couldn't pass up a brand new Model 70 Winchester Lightweight carbine for $115 after rebate. Still the best bang for the buck deal I have ever come across.
Added a Leupold vari-Xii 2-7 scope in Weaver rings and bases for about $140, IIRC. Made a very nice, light hunting rig.
I did take my first ever buck with the rifle, but still never warmed to the 30-06, and sold it a few years down the road for $400, I believe.
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