3 or 4 K for a slug gun seems a bit high.............but if chasing monster bucks out of state that might be absorbed rather quickly in a couple of years (when figuring in all the other costs).
Reminds me of my bud, who went to Cabelas gun library yrs ago and dropped 2800 for a used side by side SKB. Now he's got some $, but is rather thrifty, so dropping almost 3K to pop grouse was a pretty decent outlay.
And with being responsible and all, he considered such an expense a measure of having "arrived".
In walks a geek with his son, the kid with an earing and a "Pheasants Forever" hat. Kid a teen, dorky and somewhat effeminate.
Daddy buys jr his first gun, a shotgun.............a Parker for 28 grand.
My buddy said that put him right in his place!