Originally Posted by bigsk
No billionaire here, working stiff like most folks. Have you looked at the price of comparable custom or semi-custom bolt lately? 3000 - 5000
It's like anything else, you buy quality, you buy it once. It's all about what you like. This goes with everything, guns, cars, whatever. I save until I have the $ to get what I want. Some things just take longer than others. Several years between my JP's.. I've been shooting for 40+ years, pretty much any type action out there, and they all have good points and some not so good.
If you have time to check it out, you might be suprised at the performance of the better built semi-autos vs the bolt guns. See if you can go to a high power match and witness what a semi-auto can do. Every time I go to the range and wait for the Jr. Highpower team to finish practice, I am truely amazed at what their semi-autos with good young eyes over open sights can do.
I know what you mean, quality costs. my Leupold's cost more than my $70 Simmons scope, but work much better more clear etc.
I'm more a hunter than a target shooter, so 1/2 inch groups to 3/4 inch groups can be had with $1500 guns, those $4000 guns that shoot 1/4 inch groups are fine, but worthless for hunting for the money, unless you are strong enough to carry a 400 lb benchrest around with you, it is not going to make any differance from a 1 inch moa gun to a 1/8 inch moa gun in the field hunting, unless your out west and can shoot prone, most of us have to use shooting stix,or tripods while out hunting from a sitting position.
When we set up and shoot crows from the shooting range, it seems easy, but from a heavy sturdy bench rest, it is. Out in the field, steady aim at 100-200 yards is a challenge on a crow sized target, and that $4000 1/8 moa gun is no better than the $1700 3/4 moa gun,.
I'm not putting down those guns, just that if I'm going to put money into a gun for long range, and 1/4 moa might as well be a bolt.
That being said, I'm looking into having a 260 rem AR built.