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January 31, 2007
Safari Club International Convention Photos
By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
Shotguns for $160,000. Jewelry carved from mammoth tusk. $12,000 plain-stocked rifles. You can't afford this stuff, but you can look at the pictures. See them here.
Can anyone give me an estimate on the value of a Manton double rifle in .470 caliber?Sharon
What is beatiful about a rifle or pistol or even a revolver, is not the cost or what it looks like. It is how it shots and the op-ptunity to shot, plus I guess the cost for you have to be able to purchase it. That means a 160,000 for a gun, is so far out of reach for the average person it sounds stupid for antone buying such a thing. Why not invest with a re-sponsible trader that can actually get a good return on your money, and that would get a faster return. Unless you are the type who likes to rub in the faces of others, and that will not work here for I would rather shot a ragged gun that really shoots than one I can just look at.
Despite the high cost, which is probably a write-off anyway, think of what the money is used for................
The Shot show and SCI Conventions unite and bring the whole Shooting sport/ outdoor fraternity together, and we need that.As to the value, I agree land is a better value, but let the "Market" determnine the demand.If no one one purchased the items, they would soon disappear."Let the Market Prosper."Alex SokolikLifetime SCILifetime RMEFwww.realty1031sales.com
To PbHead: Wayne did propose just such a project last fall, for a great deal of money. I told him no thanks. Probably the most offensive thing at the Show was the paintings of rich guys leering happily over the bodies of animals they had killed, and which would have killed them had it not been for the PH and the trackers.to James Florence: I know the rifle of which you speak. It was at the convention last year, too. No one wants to buy the thing. A quarter mil for the gun and a quarter mil for the orthopedic surgeon after you shoot it.
$160,000 is a steal relative to the $269,000 asking price for a double rifle in 470NE that I saw. This unquestionably beautiful gun was sitting next to a double 700NE for a paltry $105,000. Perhaps the prospect of shooting a double .70 caliber rifle knocked a bit off the price.
Thanks for the look at the finer things in life. I suggest that you contract with Wayne McLaughlin of Blue Loon Fine Arts to paint a portrait of you and your trophy Nauga when you return from Africa.
Dave,For the same money I could buy 80 acres in Indiana to hunt on. It too would appreciate 30 to 50 percent over 10 years and I could truly enjoy the property over that time. If you shoot the fancy gun the value goes down. My property value (even if left unimproved) will only go up.I guess we just look @ things from a different standpoint.Jim
To js street: If you bought that Fabbri today at $160,000 and took care of it, the gun's value would increase by 30 and 50 percent in the next 10 years. That's a pretty good reason.
Yes, jstreet, I agree, but like being a pro-ball player it's not about practical needs, it's about status. We complain,but if I had just signed by contract making 2 million a year, for 5 years; I would have my photo taken with DP holding that 160k shotgun.Smile and say Cheeeese*
Maybe it's just jealousy, but I can't understand why anyone in their right mind would spend $12,000.00 on a rifle, much less $160,000.00 on a shotgun.Does the phrase "more money than sense" come to anyone else's mind.Jim
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