NOBODY REALLY NEEDS a $10,000 shotgun. But they're out there, and plenty of target shooters buy them every year. Why? A $10,000 target gun won't break four times as many birds as the garden-variety $2,500 Citori or Beretta 687. Serious shooters gladly spend the extra money anyway, hoping it may buy them one or two targets on the margins: the difference between making the shoot-off and going home. Kolar, Krieghoff, and Perazzi dealer John Herkowitz of Pacific Sporting Arms (pacificsportingarms.com) explains the distinction between the 687 or Citori and a pricier gun: "It's like a Corvette and a Ferrari: One is made to be a good car at a certain price; the other is made without cutting corners to be the best there is." Herkowitz points out that a new gun won't automatically turn someone into a champ. "A good driver in a Corvette beats a bad driver in a Ferrari," he says. "But take two drivers of equal ability and the Ferrari wins."