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Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

gelandangan, I imagine that you are witnessing supply and demand at work. Does Australia have a domestic sporting arms industry?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

FALPhil wrote:
Does Australia have a domestic sporting arms industry?

Shocked Australia have industry?? you mean besides wot we found below ground or grown on farms?
nah mate we don't .. Sad

Now that Labor wins the elections, I think whatever small industries left will also gone too.. coz them unions will try to close everyone down. Sad I am not against the union, but their ways are sometimes unreasonable..

One good note tho, our new prime minister (Kevin Rudd) is/was a shooter, at least thats what the campaigners said... that may help the sport a bit... Finger crossed.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

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Bleh, you guys b!tching bout having to pay $400 for a rifle???

Here in Australia, we have to pay at least double or more for the same gun Sad

My last purchase, a H&R Buffalo Classic cost me over $850 AUD including delivery (in today's exchange rate, thats about $760 USD) where in the US, the same gun is only about $350.

So, yeah, Vince is right, the importers got all the profits. Mad

Yer totally right Gelan. My Weatherby Vanguard in .243 that I bought new 5 years ago fitted with a Nikko Stirling Platinum 3.5-10 x 40 scope set me back over AUD$1100. Gun prices in Australia...heck, any prices...are expensive. They are any number of reasons for this, which we don't have the time or space to go into here, but one of the highest up the list is plain simple greed.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

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Are you good folks taken aback when a gunwriter praises a $3,000.00 rifle or $4,000.00 shotgun as being "reasonably priced" or within the budget of most hunters and shooters? I certainly could not and would not pay that amount for any rifle or shotgun.
To be honest I have never seen an article saying a “$3,000.00 rifle or $4,000.00” was “within the budget of most hunters and shooters”.

That said, “reasonably priced” is relative. $3,000 or $4,000 would be a bargain for many firearms. Would I ever buy a firearm costing that much? No. But I know folks who wouldn’t bat an eye at dollar amount. The question of “reasonably priced” involves more than just the price, it also involves the specific firearm in question.

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I have reduced the number of gun magazines I buy for the same reason. When a publication names a "Gun of The Year" that costs as much as my used SUV, we part company. Once in a blue moon, a gun magazine may run a half-baked article on buying used guns. They focus on new guns.

It shouldn’t be surprising that gun rags focus on new firearms – with few exceptions that’s what their sponsors are selling. That’s OK to me as I’m more interested in the new stuff even though most of my firearms were acquired used. Articles on older guns are rather frequent – I even read a few - so not all articles are about new firearms. Articles on buying used guns are rather infrequent but that’s not surprising – unless a specific type of firearm is being discussed the subject would get rather old rather quickly.


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I shop the used gun racks on a regular basis. When I find domething I like, I haggle with the gun shop. Usually, it is possible to get discounts if you are a frequent customer. Just the idle thoughts of an idle fellow. Take care...
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I, too, search the used gun racks and gun shows. Over the years I’ve picked up a number of excellent firearms at prices well under the cost of the same firearm new. On the other hand, I see a lot of junk and overpriced used stuff as well. On several occasions I’ve been able to buy a new firearm for less than the prices being asked for otherwise identical used firearms. Should the magazines write articles on how to be a smart shopper, too?

Shopping for used firearms is no different that reading gun rags – the reader/buyer has to filter out the garbage to get to the good stuff. And there is no shortage of good stuff in either case.

In my opinion…

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:48 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Vince wrote:
gelandangan wrote:
Bleh, you guys b!tching bout having to pay $400 for a rifle???

Here in Australia, we have to pay at least double or more for the same gun Sad

My last purchase, a H&R Buffalo Classic cost me over $850 AUD including delivery (in today's exchange rate, thats about $760 USD) where in the US, the same gun is only about $350.

So, yeah, Vince is right, the importers got all the profits. Mad

Yer totally right Gelan. My Weatherby Vanguard in .243 that I bought new 5 years ago fitted with a Nikko Stirling Platinum 3.5-10 x 40 scope set me back over AUD$1100. Gun prices in Australia...heck, any prices...are expensive. They are any number of reasons for this, which we don't have the time or space to go into here, but one of the highest up the list is plain simple greed.

Economy of scale mate:

Big market in the US means plenty of competition & therefore a lower mark up all through the supply chain, leading to fair prices.
Over here a $540 Savage costs £670 ($1350) because they're unlikely to sell many in a year. 17.5% VAT(purchase tax) doesn't help either. Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Is a gun worth $1,000 $2,000 or even $5,000?????????????
It all depends on who you ask, and what the gun in question is.

To most hunters, paying over $1,000 for a gun, scope and box of ammo is just too much. Most hunters in the woods today only spend a couple of days afeild. Why should I spend that kind of money for something that gets used so little. This is why we have $200 shotguns, $500 packaged deer rifles and scopes for under $50. In most cases they work just as good.


Now put the serious varmit hunter in mind. The guy that goes out evry chance he gets. Sits at the reloading bench for hours, and spends as much time at the shooting bench. Just to shave another 1/8" off of group size. This guy is more than likely willing to spend a little more and in some cases alot more. To him a $1500 Cooper or $2500 H-S Pression built varmit rifle makes sense.


Enter into the competitive world of shooting and watch how fast the expense grows. In some cases you need to spend alot of money just to have a gun that is capable of giving you a win.


Over the years I have been around some rather expensive firearms and have had the honor of shooting them. I can honestly say "you get what you pay for". Is it worth what it cost? Most times, "No".
But I will say this. Their is something to be said about the fit and feel of theese guns. The smoothness and ease of operation in the actions on them.Even the way a high dollar shotgun swings on your target.


When ever you want to question the cost of a firearm, remember this.Some guys drive a stripped down Chevy truck and others drive a Cadillac Escalade.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:39 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

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When ever you want to question the cost of a firearm, remember this. Some guys drive a stripped down Chevy truck and others drive a Cadillac Escalade.

Yep. And the corollary is that the Chevy gets you there just as fast as the Cadillac.

In my book, it doesn't make sense to spend $3K on a hunting rifle. But if that is how someone wants to spend his money, that is his business, not mine. I have about $1K total in my best shooting rifle, built on a Savage action, including glass, and it is an honest cloverleaf-grouping rifle. I did most of the work myself. I would call it a 'Chevy'. I have a buddy who has over $3K in his 'varmint' AR-15. It doesn't shoot any better than my Savage, but it looks like a space gun and he is darned proud of it. He would call his rifle a ' Cadillac'.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Chambered221 Ya forgot whether you can afford it or not. In my case...NO...The most expensive firearm I paid for was the Browning A-bolt and it was a shelf deminstration gun and had a few scratches on the stock. The clerk appologized for them and I told him that it would have a few more before the season was over. Total cost ...$577. Rifle and scope. I couldn't afford that rifle today. At least not cash and carry.

Oh. and I drive a 1998 Chevy Silverado...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:27 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Yea!!! But, You be Stylin in the Caddy.


Seriously though, I don't own a Caddy or a $3000 Rifle.

Just trying to point out there's a market for the high dollar stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

If ya want to know the truth, I am "stylin" in the Silverado. Extended cab, 4X4, 6 way power split bench seat with lumbar, cruise control, power windows and locks, A/C, PS, PB (ABS), AM/FM CD & Cassett player, Auto rear view mirror (has a compass and auto dim), power outside mirrors, 350 Vortec engine/sequential fuel injection with 4 speed OD auto trans. All I do is steer and push buttons...For me, comin' from a 1972 GMC, that's "STYLIN'"... Very Happy



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Yes Bushy I can afford a high dollar gun.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:42 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

I do like the way you think Bushy. Your a man thats happy with what he's got.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Pretty much. I'm naturally a happy person. But guarded...

Hummmm. Wonder where that farier is. He's due to shoe two of my horses...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Well its not only a matter of what you can AFFORD but what you are willing to save money on even if you have more "important" things to get.

I mean the M1A I'm buying JUST the rifle is alittle under 2,750$ once you factor in taxes. Can I really afford it at the amount of money I make at work ?? Not really. Laughing

Do I want it bad enough I've saved up all the money I can to buy the rifle ?? Yup and its on order now with the case and cleaning kit from Springfield Armory as well. Cool

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Hummmm. Wonder where that farier is. He's due to shoe two of my horses...

I wouldn't want to be the farrier thats coming over. Shocked

By the way your sure that truck is 9 years old looks newer then that. Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Gunwriters and gun magazines and their drivel Reply with quote

Dimitri, what kind of work do you do?

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