Love your "...9, 5 and 4...: tale. Thanks, for sharing. You are proud of what you have done with little. Probably have your own form of fetish which you squander upon which others would question. It's just not pricey builds. Some enjoy their 300m impacts with .22LR. Others at 2K with .416 Barrett. You get the pleasure of another man's pricey builds in the form of not being pricey. Admire you there!!!! Brings back pleasant memories of my Dad. He could do anything with nothing. You probably subscribe to the philosophy drilled into me by my Depression Era Dad......"How much income one pulls in is certainly an important part of the Life Comfort Equation. But, how much one keeps is the Bottom Line." To spend a $1000, one has to make at least $1500-$2000. Saving a $1000 is like making $1500-$2000.....and one gets the pleasure of shortchanging the Government. While traveling home to Denmark with a friend, learned their national pasttime is "beating the tax man." Rapidly, challenging baseball in America as ours.....especially with the Socialists commanding The Hill. But, for those that really, really figured out the Life Comfort Equation, spending whatever amount on whatever brings them pleasure is the reward they have earned. Their 9K is your 9C, just from different perspectives. Not everyone figures out the Life Comfort Equation to the same degree. Some are smarter, some work longer, some work harder...or more likely smarter.....some are luckier. Old adage.......I'd rather be lucky than good. But, I found the harder/smarter/longer I worked, the luckier I became. Taking delivery on that new build/toy is the AAAWWWWW that I earned and have chosen to enjoy........no trailers behind a hearse. My son and DIL are are semi-retired at 44, only working to keep his Doctor Certs and her Law License in place and fund his fetishes without touching their Life Comfort nest egg......really nice nest egg in place growing untouched. Personal choices. Money buys thingys, but not necessarily happiness. But, it certainly can stave off starvation......and boredom......and deliver one's preferred AAAAWWWWWWWWs. YMMVNot knocking down the custom builds, can afford any rifle I desire but the practical side of me keeps me grounded. I've hunted 40 years with a savage 110 and a 3X9 Bushnell scope in 30-06 and than had to finally retire the savage because of the stock and difficult to find a stock for that particular left hand rifle. Bought a Tikka T3 in 30-06 with a Sightron scope for hunting.
Ten years ago I was checking the zero at 200 yards for my new Tikka getting it ready for deer season, when this young man sets up next to me, taking out this beautiful rifle with a carbon barrel and it was not the manufacturer most people might think it is and a rifle scope more expensive than my spotting scope, a Nikon Fieldscope 25-75X82 with ED glass.
I shot than he did and compared group size. My group measured about .820 @ 200 and his measured about .628 at 200. When I asked how much his set up was he proudly stated $9000 "6 for the rifle and 3 for the scope". I proudly state $900, 5 for the rifle and 4 for the scope and rings.
For me one day I may consider a custom but for now the temperature in hell has not dipped below freezing. My days are numbered and after putting deer and elk on the table over a 55 year span of hunting I wonder how much more accuracy I could get out of a $6000 rifle