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Old October 1st, 2018, 08:49 PM #1
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If Money is No Object, How Much to Spend on an O/U?

I was curious what was available for those with the means to get the very best new manufacture O/U shotgun money can buy. How much can you spend? $100,000? $250,00? Certainly $500,000 could get you the best O/U shotgun money can buy, right?

How about $705,000? That's what a Peter Hofer O/U can go for, depending on what you get!

Makes an $11,000 Caesar Guerini look like something from a WalMart bargain bin.

For me, I'd be happy with a $2,200 Beretta.

ref: https://successstory.com/spendit/mos...nsive-shotguns
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I'm not a hunter so any over/under would be purely just to have and maybe shoot every once in a while. If money wasn't an issue I would probably go with one of the Beretta's in the $9,000 to $20,000 range.
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Man I hate even the idea of an over under so even if I hit the mega millions I wouldn’t get one

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I'm not a hunter so any over/under would be purely just to have and maybe shoot every once in a while. If money wasn't an issue I would probably go with one of the Beretta's in the $9,000 to $20,000 range.
I'm with you. Even if I had a spare hundred million dollars, I would not waste $100,000 let alone $700,000 for ANY shot gun; well, perhaps if it was owned by Teddy Roosevelt. O/W that's just crazy! I was really surprised when I read that.
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Id get a side by side. Holland and Holland.
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Frankly, many of the very expensive guns have large premiums based on how rare they are, how extensive the engraving is, and what kind of rare quality wood they have. It would often not be difficult to get an equivalent quality firearm for a lot less money. Use the Guerini's for example. All are excellent quality guns and much of what you pay extra for on the higher end models is the 'gingerbread'. Even extra high grade wood is merely eye candy when compare to less highly figured but still very nice grade wood and doesn't necessarily make the firearm 'better' except in the eyes of the beholder.

All that said, some very nice firearms are scarce simply because there is a ton of hand work done on them which restricts the number available for sale.
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Me personally I wouldn't spend over 1000 on a shotgun. If you can't hit the broad side of a barn it don't matter how much it cost.
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Never thought I'd own an O/U, but it eventually happened. Wanted a 20ga for gunning at upland bird dog hunt tests, and while perusing endless side by side guns, a Browning Citori White Lightning in 20 jumped off the rack almost by accident (a sales person, actually doing their job!). Sold as used, but I suspect it had never been fired outside the factory. I'd cut my teeth shooting autoloaders, but needed a breeching gun for hunt tests, and an O/U required zero brain adjustment for me. Just worked. That Browning has been used over hundreds of dogs, and I can't imagine another style gun for that task. Now... if money was literally no object, would I get a prettier one? Sure, maybe a bit. But field guns are meant to be beat up, and I hate abusing art. Endless money might put a couple of beauties in a showcase gun vault room, but the whole "endless money" part seems unlikely (this week, anyway).
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People spend $40,000+ on cars, motorcycles, boats, motor homes, vacation homes. No one bats an eye. These guns are extremely reliable and durable. My friends that own these can afford them. Some have many of them. All of them are competitive shooters that travel around the state and country competing. At a certain point it does become more about the engraving and nice wood than the mechanical aspects of the gun. But then the gun should be compared to art and not a standard gun. The art of hand engraving is ridiculously time consuming. Also, the skill takes years to master. So my answer is yes I could easily spend $30,000+ on a shotgun if money wasnt an issue.
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I guess if I found myself in a Brewser's Millions type situation, I'd indulge in a real nice one as a collector/art piece. If I can bust clays just as well with a pawn shop pump action then I'll just go with that. Shooting trap and skeet is just an occasional past time for me and I am not very good at it. I consider the rest just a form of peacocking in front of other peacocks. The people that matter in my life don't care what shotgun I use.
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