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Old October 2nd, 2018, 12:42 PM #11
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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.
From my observation, it appears that the "break point" between adding to the functional aspects of the shotgun, and where the engraving/ornamentation/wood quality takes over is between $5,000 and $10,000. Above that amount, it's purely for the additional aesthetics and rarity.

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I like nice things.
I still have and have had some very expensive rifles.
I could see myself spending a lot of money on some Beretta EELL's if I got into that hobby.

I have intentionally ignored and avoided 1911's as I know what happens when I look at those rabbit holes...

As said above, to those with the means, these are generally tools to be used and appreciated much more than trophy room relics to stare at and wipe the dust off of occasionally. They are a status symbol, intentional or not.
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You should ask Joe "shotgun " Biden. He's the expert.
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To think, this is expendable income...
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From my observation, it appears that the "break point" between adding to the functional aspects of the shotgun, and where the engraving/ornamentation/wood quality takes over is between $5,000 and $10,000. Above that amount, it's purely for the additional aesthetics and rarity.



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The top 4 manufacturers for competition guns: Beretta, Krieghoff, Kolar and Perazzi run 10,000-15,000 for the base guns. Berettas cheaper lines include the 680 and 690 series of guns run $2000-$5000. There’s other smaller manufacturers between the two price points. These include Caesar Guerini, Zoli, Blaser. Below is a link to Krieghoff‘s price list showing the price of the base guns and the upgrades. You can buy the guns a little cheaper than the listed prices.

https://www.krieghoff.com/wp-content...-Book-2018.pdf
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I’d get a side by side. Holland and Holland.
Yes, this, absolutely. Or maybe Purdey.
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The top 4 manufacturers for competition guns: Beretta, Krieghoff, Kolar and Perazzi run 10,000-15,000 for the base guns. Berettas cheaper lines include the 680 and 690 series of guns run $2000-$5000. There’s other smaller manufacturers between the two price points. These include Caesar Guerini, Zoli, Blaser. Below is a link to Krieghoff‘s price list showing the price of the base guns and the upgrades. You can buy the guns a little cheaper than the listed prices.

https://www.krieghoff.com/wp-content...-Book-2018.pdf
Actually, before I typed my initial posting, I was thinking of a gun like the Beretta DT-11 as the highest end of the "functional" line. Above that it's much more about the ornamentation (engraving, checkering and precious metal inlays). At that point, there's really nowhere to go to improve on the basic mechanics of the gun, just making it more "artistic" and with a limited production.

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I will go with JoeR on this one. I think you can get something extremely functional for between $5,000 and $10,000 when it comes to an o/u. Now, the Beretta 686 at $2,000 will last a while, the Beretta 692 at $4,000 is even nicer and longer lasting with shoulders that can be replaced. However, if you want the tank of all Beretta o/u shotguns, it runs about $10,000 for a DT-11, which is the next one I want.

Now, that does not mean I don't want a more expensive o/u. There are some really nice looking o/u shotguns out there that you are not buying for functionality, but for art. Kind of like buying the Mona Lisa or some other really expensive piece of art. Heck, a lot of us have a kitchen and bathroom that cost more for it to look pretty.

I have always dreamed of a Beretta SO6 that looks something like this, and cost around $25,000 when I was looking at it:
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A Turnbull Restorations A-1 Parker in 16 gauge would be nice or maybe a high end Merkel side-by-side in the same gauge.
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50 grand would be my max
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