I think it was '76 when I bought a lever-action 30-30 for around $100. I THINK it was A Marlin. I had worked and saved my grass cutting and yard raking money as well as picked up soda bottles to get the money for it. I cut grass/Raked leaves for $5 a yard. My friend had the good paying ones, He made $10 for a couple of yards. But those were measured in acres too.... like 2 acres or so:xeye:
Prices at other stores for these same items back in 1978-79 probably were a tad lower. Ace Hardware has always been higher compared to other stores. I remember back in the mid-80s when you could get a pump Winchester Ranger 12 ga shotgun for $149 at K-Mart. I got one Christmas of 1985.