What gear would you never buy again?

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After getting soaked while wearing a Woolrich hunting coat I bought a Cabelas wool coat with a goretex lining. That damn thing was so hot I would sweat in it even at 0 degrees. Bought a pair of rocky boots and within a month the sole split clear across under the ball of the foot. Rocky replaced them for me with their new cornstalker model which lasted 6 weeks before splitting in the same spot. Now to be fair I had a habit while bow hunting of squatting on my right foot whenever I paused my stalking. Still never had any other boot do that. Never bought another rocky boot or combined goretex with wool.
 

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Wow, that was a lot to read. Now what was the original question/post? :):):)

After working to make my own money since a youth (remember that paper route?)I have always shopped very carefully when buying important items such as guns, optics, cars, women, ammo, reloading equipment, and real estate.
This has lead to maximum satisfaction and minimal turnover of the more important things in life. Most of the bad purchase decisions were trivial and not even remembered.
 

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Cheap knives and/or cheap sharpeners. I can’t count how many of these I’ve received as gifts…of course that’s after I finally learned that lesson in my younger years.
@Randy F
Mate here is a great knife 26 bucks made in France, keeps a bloody good edge and the carbon steel blade is easy to sharpen
Opinel make a bloody good knife.
Bob

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@Randy F
Mate here is a great knife 26 bucks made in France, keeps a bloody good edge and the carbon steel blade is easy to sharpen
Opinel make a bloody good knife.
Bob

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The Opinel must be the one exception. My buddy and I have just bought in a pair of No7's and are having top quality buffalo leather belt pouches made for them - they deserve it.
 

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Knifes are different, worst pice of s##t knife I have is the most expensive one. The one I use everyday is a 12dollar chinese folding knife. Does everything from opening mail to shawing of some wood for tinder.
Pretty sure we pay $$ for the fancy brand name.

For hunting I use Pendelton lite Hunter, exellent knifes that do not cost much.
 

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When I was young and gullible I saw an advertisement in a bowhunting magazine for a reflective bow blind that was supposed to work miracles. It was a flexible sheet of some kind of material with a mirror finish on one side, that was around 48"x36" approx. Each corner fit onto a tent pole like rod that formed a "X" . You could then hide behind this contraption and all the deer would see is the reflection of the ground. Well it's windy here in Saskatchewan. It didn't work very well at all. I guess it would have made a great kite though!
 

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Butler creek made in AsiaView attachment 424536
By a strange coincidence, when I read this, I was holding a couple of caps in my hand, although they were old, I bought them about 20 years ago. How do they differ from Asian ones?
 

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Spending $5k for optics isn't in everybody's range of options.
I have a tasco target varmint model that I used on everything from 375 down to 22 RF and even past 1000 yards. After years It finally came apart inside so shipped it back to the Bushnell repair facility in Kansas, along with three other scopes. One was a Millett that said was rated for 50 BMG. I killed 3 of them with a 18 lb 300 WM and a 4th with a mosin. The forth was replaced with a Bushnell Elite (by them. No jewel).
As mentioned @Johnny reb , my buddy says Buy once Cry once. He can afford to bolt NF optics on everything.
For me the $1000 Vortex PST that replaced the Millett has done very well by me.
After a Yugo a Chevrolet Vega is a Lamborghini. :)
Over the years I've learned the ads on TV only work in TV so am skeptical of all product claims.
Now, as mentioned above, Some items were different and really worked before they were bought out by another company and some very high-end optics actually have Chinese involvement.
Let the buyer beware means good stuff yesterday has to be verified tomorrow,
 

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I've seen Red Head in several responses. Is this the Brand ? What is the product?

Redhead matches are the brand and product that I know on Australia , every house has them. Not sure where we would be without them.
 

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There is a large outdoor company named Bass Pro, their clothing brand is Red Head.

The sad thing here in the US is that they bought out their rivals Cabela's and Sportsman's Warehouse and replaced the quality merchandise with junk Red Head products.
 

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I have an agenda against Savage rifles. I bought a cheap Savage .25-06 for deer hunting and found myself carrying my Tikka .338 last year when the Savage wouldn't zero for anything. I wound up buying another Tikka this year for deer, which is what I should have done in the first place.
 

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I have an agenda against Savage rifles. I bought a cheap Savage .25-06 for deer hunting and found myself carrying my Tikka .338 last year when the Savage wouldn't zero for anything. I wound up buying another Tikka this year for deer, which is what I should have done in the first place.


Never owned a Savage but I have a few Tikkas.
Like Howa Tikka are great in their price point.
Tikka don't seem so popular or common yet for the American market from what I can gather.
I don't know if Tikka reps are tutoring sales staff but in a few shops I've looked at Tikka the sales staff tend to quote something like " They just work"
Can't complain, they are modular all carved from one action body length but you can swap Most parts or reconfigure easily.
 

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