The March issue of Field & Stream Magazine had a section where it published polls taken from readers regarding favorite rifle, hunting caliber, shotgun preference, shooting habits, and so on. One of the questions was in regards to spending $3000 for a rifle or shotgun if it didn't cause a financial hardship.
Just curious to know if anyone here would spend even $1000 or more on a hunting rifle or shotgun?
I can tell you all honestly that I have spent a bit over $1000 on a Beretta 686 O/U shotgun in the past. Have since sold that gun. Was it worth it? I don't think so. Will I ever spend that much again? Probably not. While it was a very well made shotgun, barrel/reciever fit and finish were impeccable, and had nice wood, it didn't offer anything special over any other shotgun. I own a Franchi Alcione O/U shotgun that fits me better and I shoot very well with. It cost me.....well...less than $1000 and it's a great gun.
I've had the experience of shooting many over priced rifles and many reasonably priced rifles. Can't see where the over priced ones shot any better groups than the more reasonably priced rifles did. In fact in a few cases the exact opposite was true, the lesser priced guns shot better.
Just curious to hear what you all have experienced in this arena.