Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Brisbane Queensland Australia
I've only ever bought firearms that I can use on the range on in the field. Most of them cost me somewhere between $400 to &1,500. The most expensive rifle I have is a Merkel double rifle (500NE) that cost $9k AUD several years ago. It was a painful decision to buy it (forking out that much money on a rifle) but the sole intent was to use it, so I never had any reservations about doing so. Having said that, it received some minor scratching on the outside of one of the barrels as a result of being taken down and in a case with the fore-end piece being too close to it - the bumps from driving around with it in the back of the car allowed the fore-end metalwork to rub on the barrel. Still, could be touched up so it's not noticeable.