Â¿Â¿Â¿ Fine shotguns, unlike some other expensive items, hold their value well. If you buy a $6,000 gun today, use it, and sell it in a few years, you can recoup as much as $4,000. If you hold onto it long enough, you can get back everything you paid and then some. A painful personal example: In 1970, I bought a Rizzini 20-gauge side-by-side and paid $750 for it. I traded it for another gun, which is also long gone. Today, that Rizzini is worth over $3,000.