--The 8 3/8-inc SW K22, as near-new, in box --$740
--.38 H&R breaktop in ..38SW, very good -- $165
--Marlin Glenfield Model 60 with cheap scope -- $100
-- Hardware store branded .410 single, pretty good -- $105
--Early Marlin 12 gauge pump (Win. 97ish) very rough -- $125
--Winchester 97, worse than the Marlin --$265
--Remington 572 (.22 pump), pretty good -- $355
--Tarted up Ruger 10-22, checkered walnut, near mint, 3 mags -- $265
--Remington 870 3", rib, very good -- $280
--Remington 700 in .270 Win, about unfired, Leupold 3x9 -- $600
And that's what some lethal stuff is worth at a country auction in the northern plains.
Your reporter was in the K22 action through the 600s but, in the end, left with all but an even $50 of his wad still apocket while still acquiring enough to keep him busy the rest of the weekend -- sorting, cleaning, planning, gloating.
A dandy pair of almost unused ancient Dreml tools -- one of the early rotaries and a 1/3 sheet sander, a tank weighing about three times as much as a modern counterpart.
A nice junk box holding bits, wrenches, and even a brass and rosewood try square.
draw tow bar to be converted into a combination dethatcher and driveway gravel stirrer-upper.
A hefty scissors jack, unneeded except in the sense that no man can ever have too many jacks.
And, Ta-Da, a mint -- never-sharpened -- CaseXX four-inch hunter from about the '70s or 80s. Did I mention that no man can ever own too many knives?