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Old 03-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #41
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It is not very good right now. Right now the dollar buys .74 euros. So, 26 percent more in dollars. I get paid in dollars. I have some hunting friends with wealth or heirlooms. You ought to see German Drillings. They are beyond beautiful. You can find them on the site with a little exploration. I have fired some very expensive guns, but my lower cost high quality rifle is´still does the job. Plus, I would be too damn scared to take an expensive gun into the woods. Germany is very moist and the environment can be punishing to the firearms. I can still admire the beauty of the guns. My friend went to an Austrian gunsmith school. To graduate, they give you quality materials, and you have to build a rifle from scratch. Can't do that on a web based gunsmithing class.
Greuse Got Mein Freund(SP?) Gods greeting my friend), forgive my spelling, its been a while. Im with you, we all want nice but good is often fine for those of us without a huge budget to play with. The Drillings are beautiful, the craftsmanship in them is beyond reproach; they cost an arm, a leg and then some and If I owned one, I probably would never fire it. A friend of mine in Nuremberg was a Pipe organ Master, the perfection was crazy but the products were beautiful and functional.

I always wanted a Mercedes but never could afford one till last year when I bought an 1988 300TE with 160,000 miles on it for $2500! I didnt drive junk until that day, its all good when it runs but it wasnt a Mercedes. This one isnt the one the original owner paid for 36 years later either but it is a sweet ride!

No doubt the craftsmanship of a $10 K gun is a wonder to behold but I can either own 12 descent guns or one gun I would be afraid to take through the mud and brambles. On top of that, some expensive guns are no better than their less expensive counterparts. A fully auto M16 isnt a better piece than an AR 15 but you better get your wallet and retirement account out for that M16!
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I do not own any "Rolls Royce" guns for one simple reason... I don't have the money.

Would I own them if I did? You better believe it. I'd have a whole room full of them if I could. My wife likes to collect paintings and her tastes in them are getting more expensive. High end guns are very much the same. They are functional works of art.

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I do not own any "Rolls Royce" guns for one simple reason... I don't have the money.

Would I own them if I did? You better believe it. I'd have a whole room full of them if I could. My wife likes to collect paintings and her tastes in them are getting more expensive. High end guns are very much the same. They are functional works of art.
there are those who can afford the Rolls Royces of firearms and i don't feel animosity towards them for their tastes in firearms. if i could afford that level of a firearm, i would as well. when your level of disposable income is much, much higher, then your tastes usually run higher as well. the quality of materials on a custom handmade shotgun is usually much higher as well, plus all the manhours doing by hand what most manufactorers do on a machine is much higher. this all equates into a much higher level of quality and thus a much higher price tag.
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My minimum in both quality and price is a Browning. Next to that is a Valmet.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:54 PM   #45
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My minimum in both quality and price is a Browning. Next to that is a Valmet.
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Browning and Valmet are both very high quality firearms. i have seen and held a couple of Valmet shotguns and they are very impressive. i have owned a couple of Browning Citori O/U's in years past and they are at the top of my high end scale of shotguns!

good choices in shotguns Cottontop!
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:18 PM   #46
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For the most part it's fit and finish. The difference in a hand built shotgun over one mass produced there is going to be as big difference in the fit. People paying top dollar for one will also demand a 1st class finish. I've no tshot one of those hi-dollar models so I can't speak of it's pattern but there is no denying the great wood they use, as well as engraving or other adornments involved. many are functional art.

If I had the money I can't say I would not buy one. But since I don't I can say no way! They just are not worth it!!
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Is the Mekel a pre 93 or H&K?

I might like the H&H if I hit the lottery.

Both are very nice guns.

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Along with guns, I also collect watches. For what it's worth, I have a very expensive Rolex in my collection and I do wear it occasionally. But, I also find myself wearing a $20 Casio or Timex at times. They are all accurate and one will keep time as well as the other, but they all have their place depending on the situation. When going to the range, I always wear one of my less expensive quartz watches. I play an expensive Taylor guitar. I also have a cheaper Alvarez I use as a beater and the difference in tone and playability between the Taylor and the Alvarez is enormous. There is just no comparison.
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To me the decoration isn't worth it but buying a high quality non-decorated gun is worth the cost if you shoot enough. Now if I had enough money I would buy a lightly engraved gun as not to overdo it but I'm broke.

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I saw one that cost $240,000. I didn't buy it.

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