OK we are seeing a lot of My gun and scope is better than your gun and scope there for your opinion is invalid. I see it as a balancing act between Shooter ability. I believe it is 70% shooter ability vs 20% equipment vs 10% just luck. We all know that even if I set a kid down behind a $3k bench gun with a $2500 scope on top. More than likely he is going to turn in an outstanding group because the rifle can. But, from a practical stand point. If you don't have a firm grasp on the basics of Rifle Marksmanship your not going to shoot as good as someone else. I also believe fittness as some influance on how you shoot as well. I know I shot better when I didn't have a Texas sized muffin top hanging off my waist. Will a piss poor shoot shot better with a high dollar rig? Maybe from the bench because you are taking quite a bit of shooter out of the equation. Take that same piss poor shooter and hand him a regular rifle make him shoot from standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone and see how he does vs someone who is a good all around shooter. I am sure you will see night and day difference in shooting ability vs equipment cost.