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Sheepdog1968
November 23, 2012, 07:11 PM
Ive sold my dear old 1990 v8 mustang for $3000. I want to take that cash and convert it to a single firearm. I have all my bases covered and don't need anything. If you were going to splurge on something, what would it be? I'm looking for ideas. Thanks.

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Certaindeaf
November 23, 2012, 07:12 PM
A spiffy AR-10 style rifle.

Impureclient
November 23, 2012, 07:14 PM
2500 cheeseburgers to feed the homeless, a CZ452 and a box of .22 ammo.

Dryft
November 23, 2012, 07:18 PM
I, personally, would get a Wilson Combat Professional Lightweight 1911.

Whatever you choose, have fun shopping!

Steve H
November 23, 2012, 07:21 PM
Do you want a wall hanger or a shooter?

primalmu
November 23, 2012, 07:26 PM
http://www.cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-750-sniper/

That rifle and a $1000 scope.

flatlander937
November 23, 2012, 07:28 PM
No idea what you're normally into, but the stuff that would be crossing my mind personally with $3k laying around(assuming it's to be spent on a single gun... I'd honestly buy one for around $2k at most and buy a bunch of ammo and/or other stuff too)

-An original 1911

-Save another $700-1000 and buy a full auto lower priced SMG like a Mac10/11

-FN SCAR 17S

-Build a very nice AR with really nice optics and many extra magazines/ammo

lhead71
November 23, 2012, 07:28 PM
If you want something that will keep its value, either a Sako TRG-22 or a GAP built rifle.

huntsman
November 23, 2012, 07:32 PM
If it were me I'd spend $2400. on American Silver Eagles and the rest on a G30 and dinner

Impureclient
November 23, 2012, 07:37 PM
Cancel the cheeseburger order and get that CZ 750 Sniper!

primalmu
November 23, 2012, 07:39 PM
Cancel the cheeseburger order and get that CZ 750 Sniper!


Sexy isn't it? ;)

Sheepdog1968
November 23, 2012, 07:41 PM
Do you want a wall hanger or a shooter?
Something to shoot. Doesn't need to be a daily shooter. Thanks to all the other replies in 10 minutes. The reason I say one firearm is that if I break the money up in smaller ammo units I can easily come up things. I'd rather use the money on one thing and it probably wouldn't be a semi auto. A side by side shotgun or nice single shot rifle comes to mind but just trying to kick around ideas.

Sheepdog1968
November 23, 2012, 07:42 PM
Lol. I found the cheeseburger comments funny.

firesky101
November 23, 2012, 07:43 PM
http://serbu.com/top/bfg50.php

And a little left over for ammo, you are gonna need it.

DammitBoy
November 23, 2012, 07:44 PM
An LMT LWSE 16" .308 CQB rifle - spend the change on a red dot.

JTJones
November 23, 2012, 07:45 PM
If it were me I would look at a cooper rifle. I think that a rifle like that could be passed down generation to generation and be appreciated.

oneounceload
November 23, 2012, 07:55 PM
That 3000 would make a decent downpayment on a new target shotgun

browningguy
November 23, 2012, 07:59 PM
A nice factory engraved pistol always holds its value well, http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_765415_-1_757957_757780_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y .

Or one of the Beretta O/U's, maybe a 687 Silver Pigeon II (or a III for $500 more), or the 687 Ultralight Deluxe.

Or if you don't mind a semi auto shotgun the Benelli Montefeltro Silver is a superb gun, light, nicely engraved, very decent wood, and you could just about get a pair in 20 and 12 ga.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/BenelliMontefeltroSilver.jpg

Robert
November 23, 2012, 08:49 PM
LaRue OBR

Agsalaska
November 23, 2012, 08:53 PM
If it were me I would probably spend it on a Winchester.
Actually, I know I would spend it on a Winchester. No question about it.

MachIVshooter
November 23, 2012, 08:55 PM
Ammo.

USAF_Vet
November 23, 2012, 08:58 PM
If it were me, I'd get a tricked out M1A and some ammo
or
A tricked out Smith & Wesson 686 from the custom shop and a lot of ammo
or
A nice Colt Python and a lot of ammo
or
A decent .22 and a metric ton of ammo.

B1gGr33n
November 23, 2012, 09:07 PM
I'll name 2: A "daily driver" and a "Sunday cruiser"

Daily Driver
Savage 10BA 308Win with a Leupold Mark AR scope

Sunday Cruiser
50BMG like a Bohica or Serbu, maybe a Barrett 99

SharpsDressedMan
November 23, 2012, 09:23 PM
I bought the premier semi auto handgun for myself on my 60th birthday: a Sig P210 9mm, regarded to be the best production semi-auto ever made. Mine is a 1952, made the same year I was born, and in mint condition. About $3000. Let me tell you, it is finely crafted, and as accurate as anything I already own. A nice piece of machinery. You could do worse than to buy one. Or, a custom Shiloh Sharps, like the Quigley gun, but that might take 4-5 years to get. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/pix137843913.jpg http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05517.jpg

nwilliams
November 23, 2012, 11:18 PM
I have all my bases covered and don't need anything.

In that case why waste your money, invest it in silver or gold. You'll thank yourself later.

Swing
November 23, 2012, 11:21 PM
Three Gs? Why not get a transferable FA Mac-10. :D

gp911
November 23, 2012, 11:24 PM
Freedom Arms revolver with lotsa options in .500 Wyoming Express.

Coltdriver
November 23, 2012, 11:34 PM
Go to this link:

http://www.willoughbymccabe.com/index.php

Find a Pre 64 Winchester or a Steyr.

Simply one of the finest outfits you will ever deal with.

ColtPythonElite
November 23, 2012, 11:38 PM
Bright polished Python in your favorite barrel length.

musicman10_1
November 23, 2012, 11:45 PM
If I had $3000 to spend on one firearm I would be looking for the best o/u shotgun that I could get for that amount.

OR

custom 1911

9mmepiphany
November 24, 2012, 01:16 AM
A nice SIG 210 would be on my mind

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/Orans%20Pistols/LewsPistols049.jpg

...with Nills grips and beavertail

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/Orans%20Pistols/LewsPistols018.jpg

CountGlockulla
November 24, 2012, 01:23 AM
A cooper rifle and a nice scope.

Sheepdog1968
November 24, 2012, 02:24 AM
Go to this link:

http://www.willoughbymccabe.com/index.php

Find a Pre 64 Winchester or a Steyr.

Simply one of the finest outfits you will ever deal with.
Wow. Thanks for pointing this out. I was planning to go to Texas next year. Will have to,allow time to stop here.

longshot7.62x51
November 24, 2012, 03:10 AM
Custom shilo sharps

bannockburn
November 24, 2012, 05:57 AM
For $3000 a Beretta Model 687 Silver Pigeon II comes to mind.

Pete D.
November 24, 2012, 06:49 AM
One of three: a quality 12 ga. O/U, a SIG P210, or a used double rifle chambered for a cartridge that I would use, like .30-06.

Jaxondog
November 24, 2012, 07:43 AM
Very nice Quigley. Did you have it made? That was a good movie.

Boxhead
November 24, 2012, 07:44 AM
One of these.

http://www.turnbullmfg.com/store.asp?pid=34270

AFDavis11
November 24, 2012, 07:52 AM
I'd get a good reloader and jump into IPSC full tilt. You're 3k will vanish in no time.

76shuvlinoff
November 24, 2012, 08:45 AM
With a mucked up motorcycle shoulder high recoil just isn't any fun any more. I would be looking at an quality semi auto shotgun.

....or a smaller caliber long range plinker

....or a custom 1911

sorry


.

Quoheleth
November 24, 2012, 08:51 AM
Custom Colt-engraved Colt SAA and some very nice leather to carry/show it off at the BBQ.

Q

Dryft
November 24, 2012, 09:25 AM
I'd like to change my vote and agree with JT - you could absolutely look at Cooper rifles! It'd be pretty tough to go wrong with a Montana-made brilliant piece of work like theirs.

SaxonPig
November 24, 2012, 09:41 AM
There are some nice double rifles that can be had in that range. Not something that every Tom, Dick and Harry has at the range and great fun to shoot.

A decent S&W Registered Magnum. Rare, beautiful and a lot of drool factor.

A First generation Colt SAA. See above.

Take a mundane gun and make it yours. Ivory stocks and engraving. Fire up the BBQ!

Sheepdog1968
November 24, 2012, 10:56 AM
Thanks folks. I really appreciate all the good ideas.

BSA1
November 24, 2012, 11:09 AM
I'd rather buy a less expensive gun and spend the rest on enough ammo to learn to shoot it really well. But then you can tell I am not into expensive safe queens.

On the other hand a Custom Colt-engraved Colt SAA and some very nice leather to carry/show it off at the BBQ would be very, very nce. (drool, drool)

oneounceload
November 24, 2012, 11:34 AM
But then you can tell I am not into expensive safe queens.

Why would use assume that a $3000 gun is A: expensive or B: a safe queen?

Hapworth
November 24, 2012, 11:51 AM
What fun -- you're going to get as many possibilities as replies.

For handgun bliss: Wilson Combat CQB.

Interested in clay games? Best Beretta I could get for the money.

Chevelle SS
November 24, 2012, 11:56 AM
Hk91

CajunBass
November 24, 2012, 11:59 AM
Parker Shotgun...probably a 20 ga. Wouldn't get top grade of course, but that would buy a decent one.

SharpsDressedMan
November 24, 2012, 11:59 AM
Jaxondog. RE: Shiloh-Sharps. I ordered a custom rifle right after "Quigley Down Under" came out, and it took 34 months to get it. I think the wait is now 48-60 months, and the price has gone up a bit.

EvilGenius
November 24, 2012, 01:18 PM
Bushmaster ACR

IWI Tavor

or

A pair of matching Cimarron Schofields with a couple of fancy leather holsters and cartridge belt.


The rest on reloading equipment and ammo.

CZguy
November 24, 2012, 01:31 PM
Why would use assume that a $3000 gun is A: expensive or B: a safe queen?

A: Because to many of us, that is expensive.

B: See A. (In fact I would have it in the front of the safe, with it's own spotlight.)

oneounceload
November 24, 2012, 02:31 PM
Then you need to raise your sights (pun intended) a little higher... ;). I am not wealthy, but I shoot competitive shotgun - sporting clays. A base level target grade Browning, Beretta or similar O/U START at $3,000 and go up. Kreighoffs, Perazzis, Kolars and such start about 12,000 today and go up from there. Beretta SO series and similar start about $23,000 and go up from there - all of them were meant to be used and used a lot - no safe queens, just extremely well-built competitive level guns. Whether you shoot competitive clays or pistols or rifles, the ammo, targets, fees, etc. to compete will far outweigh the cost of the gun by many times, so you might as well buy a quality gun that will last forever instead of going cheap and replacing it or repairing it all the time
You won't see a Mossberg or Remington at the Olympics

SharpsDressedMan
November 24, 2012, 03:11 PM
I think the point he was trying to make was that most of us are not "well-to-do" enough to regularly AFFORD such a gun, and this is a special purchase. If you can afford weekly clay busting, membership to the private club, and a $3k-$23k shotgun, you are capable of devoting more free money to your hobby than most of us. Same with the fella that has $100K worth of custom 1911's. Unlike him, I'll probably wear out my few high dollar guns. I have a few expensive guns, and I expect to put enough wear on them that the collectors hate me. I gave up a number of other guns just to have a few REALLY nice ones. I sand hardwood floors for a living now, and work pretty hard for my money. Shooting is the only drain on my disposable income, so I play hard, too. The INTENT of a gun, be it plain or fancy, modest or intricate, common or rare, was to be SHOT. I am glad there are others out there that shoot their high quality, engraved, rare, or otherwise expensive guns. That is what they are FOR.

NRA_Dave
November 24, 2012, 03:38 PM
Freedom Arms Model 97 in .357 w the 7-1/2" barrel and the special titanium see through rings scope mount. Then put a Bushnell 3200 pistol scope on it. That is one fine tree stand or wood deer gun w Buffalo Bore ammo.

CZguy
November 24, 2012, 04:31 PM
Then you need to raise your sights (pun intended) a little higher... . I am not wealthy, but I shoot competitive shotgun - sporting clays. A base level target grade Browning, Beretta or similar O/U START at $3,000 and go up. Kreighoffs, Perazzis, Kolars and such start about 12,000 today and go up from there. Beretta SO series and similar start about $23,000 and go up from there - all of them were meant to be used and used a lot - no safe queens, just extremely well-built competitive level guns. Whether you shoot competitive clays or pistols or rifles, the ammo, targets, fees, etc. to compete will far outweigh the cost of the gun by many times, so you might as well buy a quality gun that will last forever instead of going cheap and replacing it or repairing it all the time
You won't see a Mossberg or Remington at the Olympics

It's likely that you won't see my old car winning any races either. I'm all for getting the best equipment that you can, but financial restraints, are one of the considerations for some of us.

As to safe queens, I don't own any. I'm lucky enough to own several vintage firearms and shoot them regularly. I bought them to enjoy, and I can only do that by shooting them.

But to get back on track. I would buy the oldest and coolest gun that $3000.00 would buy. I would avoid anything new and highly modified.

Certaindeaf
November 24, 2012, 04:34 PM
Freedom Arms Model 97 in .357 w the 7-1/2" barrel and the special titanium see through rings scope mount. Then put a Bushnell 3200 pistol scope on it. That is one fine tree stand or wood deer gun w Buffalo Bore ammo.Man, you sure are miserly with your posts! lolz

oneounceload
November 24, 2012, 04:44 PM
That's why I rat hole a 20 here and a 20 there- it took me two years of that to buy a discontinued S&W SxS for bird hunting that was on closeout for $1200. My Browning is 18 years old, and when I bought it back then for $1,000, it was a LOT as I had young kids and a wife - why I said, buy it once, cry once and never have to worry about it - the Browning is now north of 225,000 rounds with one trip to the smith for some minor maintenance - cost me $150 at 90,000 rounds.

My membership costs me $65/year and that gets me discounts on targets - no snooty club.

Too many here think like minimum wage workers and think everyone is only making that and if you spend a nickel more, you are some sort of gun snob - nothing could be further from the truth

Read, understand and appreciate my sig line - when it comes to costs, buying the best up front pays for itself on the back end - whether you are trading up or getting out, you'll recoup your initial investment and in the meantime will have had the joy of shooting something better than a cheap POS

225,000 targets - at an average cost of $.25/each for ammo and target is $56,250 over 18 years - the gun was $1,000

I think I got my money's worth as it is still going strong

308win
November 24, 2012, 04:50 PM
I would get the nicest orginal Garand and M1 Carbine that $3K would get me.

mljdeckard
November 24, 2012, 04:52 PM
The AR-10 I am eternally building, including optics.

When my father in law died I sold his '90 5.0 convertible, I think I got $3200 for it.

CharlieDeltaJuliet
November 24, 2012, 05:10 PM
I would have to agree with Robert, the LaRue OBR. I love long range rifles though, so I would get a Savage or Remington .338LM as a second choice. An Armalite AR-50 would be another good choice. I own a Bushmaster BA50 and love it, an AR-50 would be my next choice for afordable 50bmg.

1 old 0311-1
November 24, 2012, 05:14 PM
ASP or Deval

USMC8541
November 24, 2012, 05:17 PM
I spent 3k on a Belguim FN FAL Match

bergmen
November 24, 2012, 05:18 PM
Freedom Arms revolver with lotsa options in .500 Wyoming Express.

This is my choice as well (and what I did when I had 3 large burning a hole in my pocket) although in .454 Casull with a .45 Colt extra cylinder:

http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u580/Bergmen/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/FreedomArmsModel83CatalogPhoto_zps049f74a9.jpg

http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u580/Bergmen/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/FreedomArmsModel83with45ColtCylinder-01_zps7c0bfb37.jpg

Dan

tarosean
November 24, 2012, 05:25 PM
Something to shoot. Doesn't need to be a daily shooter.


Mac-10, +200 for NFA and 6m wait...

Agsalaska
November 24, 2012, 05:28 PM
It would not be one that I would ever shoot. That is for certain.

dprice3844444
November 24, 2012, 05:29 PM
colt le901

NELSONs02
November 24, 2012, 05:42 PM
http://www.gaprecision.net/

You'll have to save up a little more....

Southside830
November 24, 2012, 05:43 PM
Scar and Aimpoint Pro

Jim Watson
November 24, 2012, 05:47 PM
Lessee, now...
I don't hunt so I don't need a Bambi Slayer, Bear Bumper, or Pachyderm Exterminator.
I am no longer active in trap or cowboy, so I don't need anything better than my old gear for the chance I might resume.

I might get back into F class, in which case $3000 would be a good start on a new rig.

I shoot BPCR and I could easily spend that or more on a Wyoming Armory Highwall, if I wanted something nicer than my Browning.

I shoot a good deal of IDPA. I have a new ESP speced out that would be $3003 from Wilson, but their long delivery times are more of a hindrance than the price. I could get it from a local shop but there are some unanswered questions.

taliv
November 24, 2012, 05:58 PM
i don't know what kind of shooting you do, but i'd recommend getting set up to do a lot of reloading. when you buy components in BULK you can get much better deals on them. $3000 would let you buy a respectable amount of powder and primers and projos.

you might also consider something like night vision, steel targets, a good scope like a USO 1-8x or S&B short dot, some classes, etc.

oneounceload
November 24, 2012, 07:00 PM
It would not be one that I would ever shoot. That is for certain.

Why is that?

58limited
November 24, 2012, 08:19 PM
I too highly recommend a Shiloh Sharps. Fun at the range and, depending on the caliber, it can bring down just about any game animal on the planet. Current wait time is 14-16 months but Shiloh often has a few on the rack ready to go - these are usually orders in which customers didn't keep their contact info up to date or they changed their mind. There is a $250 deposit when an order is placed. You pay the balance when they begin to make it or you can pay up front but sometimes the price goes up by the time it is actually made.

I bought a 45-70 off the rack and have been shooting factory Remington smokeless ammo, but I just bought a bunch of reloading and casting stuff so I can load my own black powder cartridges with my own cast bullets. Many Shiloh owners think the accuracy potential in these rifles can only be achieved in this manner. The 45-70 is a great beginner caliber for those unfamiliar with a black powder cartridge rifle (BPCR). It will also take down any North American game animal and is a great caliber to use at silhouette matches. There is an active discussion forum on Shiloh's website where you can learn more.

If you want a tang sight plan on an extra $350-500, globe front sights run about $150.

http://www.shilohrifle.com/

Mine is a Sporter #1

http://www.1958buickforum.net/webpage/sporter3.jpg

http://www.1958buickforum.net/webpage/sporter4.jpg

http://www.1958buickforum.net/webpage/hoke2.JPG

9mmepiphany
November 24, 2012, 08:33 PM
ASP or Deval
I don't think $3k will get you there...at least it wouldn't a few years ago

Ironman
November 24, 2012, 08:44 PM
A black Dan Wesson valor and a ton of 45 ammo.


Or

Gen 3 NVG

valnar
November 24, 2012, 08:45 PM
High end 1911 or a Sako rifle were my two favorite suggestions so far.

KC&97TA
November 24, 2012, 08:50 PM
If it's going to be a collector / safe queen / investment - Winchester pre-64, pre WW-II area in NIB condition or a mint S&W Mod 29 44 mag.

If it's going to be a shooter and you really want to spend the money - Production Custom 1911 or stretch out to a long range .338 rig with some glass, the DPMS SASS is an affordable & fun semi auto... but I also have a soft spot for a Sig 556 or RRA Piston/side folder stock.

Honestly... $2k in Silver or Gold investments and a nice used Remmy 700 or FN Winchester M70 and some decent glass, would be my "real" advice. It's not as cool to talk about saving money for the future as it is to play with a new expensive gun though.

The black guns over time see less and less range time and the expensive pistols don't seem to get carried knowing that if something happens they're sitting in the LE lock up till the investigation is concluded.

Pacsd
November 24, 2012, 09:00 PM
JT took the words right off my keyboard. Several times I stood in front of the Cooper rifle display. I told this one salesman I know rather well, "one of these days, one of these days". I'm still gonna do but, I need a kick in the pants to plunk the bucks down. That's what I would do. A Cooper. Some spendy scope, dies, etc. would burn 3k pretty quick.

crazy-mp
November 24, 2012, 09:09 PM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/292382_482848411728376_1929195018_n.jpg

I would get one of these, rare, hard to find and no longer made, this one is a SBR. Made by a company called Zimmerman arms, they closed their doors earlier this year, one sweet little gun, uses same internals as a 10/22.

Sheepdog1968
November 24, 2012, 09:21 PM
Three Gs? Why not get a transferable FA Mac-10. :D
Can't as I live in CA. Also limits semiauto ownership.

crazy-mp
November 24, 2012, 09:24 PM
Can't as I live in CA.

So... Can you own any guns? :cuss:

4v50 Gary
November 24, 2012, 09:28 PM
Never mind guns. Gold & especially silver if you want something for your family (after food, water, fuel, boolits and guns).

Sheepdog1968
November 24, 2012, 09:29 PM
That's why I rat hole a 20 here and a 20 there- it took me two years of that to buy a discontinued S&W SxS for bird hunting that was on closeout for $1200. My Browning is 18 years old, and when I bought it back then for $1,000, it was a LOT as I had young kids and a wife - why I said, buy it once, cry once and never have to worry about it - the Browning is now north of 225,000 rounds with one trip to the smith for some minor maintenance - cost me $150 at 90,000 rounds.

My membership costs me $65/year and that gets me discounts on targets - no snooty club.

Too many here think like minimum wage workers and think everyone is only making that and if you spend a nickel more, you are some sort of gun snob - nothing could be further from the truth

Read, understand and appreciate my sig line - when it comes to costs, buying the best up front pays for itself on the back end - whether you are trading up or getting out, you'll recoup your initial investment and in the meantime will have had the joy of shooting something better than a cheap POS

225,000 targets - at an average cost of $.25/each for ammo and target is $56,250 over 18 years - the gun was $1,000

I think I got my money's worth as it is still going strong
A favorite of mine I saw on a old poster for an accordion maker was "quality is remembered long after price is forgotten."

Mick_W
November 24, 2012, 09:29 PM
Crusader Broadsword and a nice optic.

Sobel
November 24, 2012, 09:39 PM
I found a RPK at our lgs for like 2100 I'd get that and maybe 5 mags and ammo. For when 50 burglars come to your house.

DavidMS
November 24, 2012, 09:40 PM
A c96 and Luger, both shooter grade in 9mm. Put the rest into ammo and put aside $500 or so in the bank or brokerage account for a rainy day. That's what I would do with 3K of fun money. If I had to just put it into one gun, I would get a nicer but still shooter grade Luger, possibly an artillery model with the butt stock and NFA stamp.

Sheepdog1968
November 24, 2012, 09:46 PM
I too highly recommend a Shiloh Sharps. Fun at the range and, depending on the caliber, it can bring down just about any game animal on the planet. Current wait time is 14-16 months but Shiloh often has a few on the rack ready to go - these are usually orders in which customers didn't keep their contact info up to date or they changed their mind. There is a $250 deposit when an order is placed. You pay the balance when they begin to make it or you can pay up front but sometimes the price goes up by the time it is actually made.

I bought a 45-70 off the rack and have been shooting factory Remington smokeless ammo, but I just bought a bunch of reloading and casting stuff so I can load my own black powder cartridges with my own cast bullets. Many Shiloh owners think the accuracy potential in these rifles can only be achieved in this manner. The 45-70 is a great beginner caliber for those unfamiliar with a black powder cartridge rifle (BPCR). It will also take down any North American game animal and is a great caliber to use at silhouette matches. There is an active discussion forum on Shiloh's website where you can learn more.

If you want a tang sight plan on an extra $350-500, globe front sights run about $150.

http://www.shilohrifle.com/

Mine is a Sporter #1

http://www.1958buickforum.net/webpage/sporter3.jpg

http://www.1958buickforum.net/webpage/sporter4.jpg

http://www.1958buickforum.net/webpage/hoke2.JPG
Wow. This rifle is beautiful. Thanks so much for all the suggestions. I am most likely going to go with a double barreled shotgun as I like to go do sporting clays and i am about to move to a home that is literally 10 min away from the clay range so that would be something that would get used. Now the big task is to figure out which double. This sharps is a close second. A good friend of mine has one and I do really enjoy shooting it.

lefteyedom
November 24, 2012, 09:49 PM
Weatherby Mark V in 300 Weatherby with a good scope

Sheepdog1968
November 24, 2012, 09:54 PM
So... Can you own any guns? :cuss:
It can be frustrating but it's manageable for the most part.

Aaron1100us
November 24, 2012, 10:00 PM
Get a Dragunov. Fun to shoot and not many around.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/11/25/by5eja3y.jpg

Sent from my PB99400 using Tapatalk 2

Chuck Dye
November 24, 2012, 10:23 PM
Visit the Cabela's Gun Library. (http://www.cabelas.com/gun-library.shtml)

BudW
November 24, 2012, 10:47 PM
.338 Savage

Fishslayer
November 25, 2012, 01:00 AM
M1A National Match.

LHRGunslinger
November 25, 2012, 01:39 AM
SOCOM 16 in a JAE stock, OR Buy a Remington 700 & build it up into something epic.

thump_rrr
November 25, 2012, 08:18 AM
A collectors grade M1 Garand or as someone already mentioned a Colt Python in Royal Blue.
Both of these will appreciate over time.

shane.rawlings
November 25, 2012, 08:39 PM
If not a high end long range rifle I would get a nice hicap 40s&w 1911 for limited comp... sti, svi, fusion, caspian... total custom...

I hope to one day have enough money to where I can justify having one $3k gun...

Deaf Smith
November 25, 2012, 10:47 PM
2500 cheeseburgers to feed the homeless, a CZ452 and a box of .22 ammo.
Sounds good to me, but I'd rather spend the excess on TEACHING the homeless how to GET A JOB. Even if only flipping burgers.

It's the old 'give them a fish and they have a meal, teach them to fish and they are fed for ever' thing.

We give people way to much and not teach them how to stand on their own two feet.


Deaf

Dryft
November 26, 2012, 02:15 AM
See, now you've got me thinking - what about a Cylinder & Slide 1911? Hard to go wrong with a built by hand custom pistol.

A nice over-under would be an excellent addition though.

rozziboy18
November 26, 2012, 03:38 AM
i just went through this.

kimber 8400 tactical 308
leupold 6.5-20x50 scope
burris extreme rings

Sheepdog1968
November 26, 2012, 11:21 AM
Rozziboy, it's a nice problem to have.

CraigC
November 26, 2012, 12:14 PM
The possibilities are endless. I know how I'd spend it but it ain't my money. I'd no sooner tell you how to spend yours than I'd want anyone telling me how to spend mine. If you don't have a clue how to spend $3000 on a single firearm, you probably shouldn't.

Just for the sake of a suggestion, my next $3000 gun will a custom Ruger. Either an Old Model Blackhawk .357 converted to a 7" .38-40. It'll have a premium barrel, custom sights, Power Custom Colt SAA style grip frame, one-piece ivories, flat-top conversion, hand polishing, tuning, custom basepin, possibly an auxiliary cylinder in .401Powermag, 75% engraving and either a full carbona blue finish or blue with a case hardened frame, gate, hammer and trigger. But that probably wouldn't appeal to a lot of people.


I find that 90% of the questions asked here have been answered 20 or more years ago by Jeff Cooper in his Gargantuan Gunsite Gossip books.
Ain't that the truth! Seems to me that a lot of folks can't be bothered with reading books. There's only so much you can learn online asking one question at a time. The internet is loaded with people who think they know something because they heard it from some anonymous bozo on the internet.

Grassman
November 26, 2012, 12:22 PM
You could have about 25 Hi Point pistols....:neener:

HoosierQ
November 27, 2012, 01:07 PM
I'd go some sort of top of the line AR-10 in 7.62/.308 and some sort of top of the line Trijicon optic.

WALKERs210
November 27, 2012, 01:21 PM
Currently I own one rifle that has a value around $2500.00. It is put away and waiting for a young man to reach the age of 21 then it's his. However the $3000.00 could be used for a down payment on having a custom made Holland & Holland shotgun built for you. Overall cost most likely would be in the $10,000.00 range but it is built to fit you and only have to wait about two years or so before you actually receive it.

oneounceload
November 27, 2012, 01:52 PM
custom made Holland & Holland shotgun built for you. Overall cost most likely would be in the $10,000.00 range

Sorry, you are off by a zero - a nice bespoke H&H with decent engraving is closer to $100,000 with a minimum of half down. Now there is a nice hand Fabbri being sold with a price of $225,000.00 and a year or so wait

huntsman
November 27, 2012, 02:43 PM
^^ +1 maybe a bespoke Stoger or Baikal for 3k LOL

oneounceload
November 27, 2012, 03:01 PM
Here's a matched pair in 20 bore:
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Holland-Holland-Pair-of-New-Royal-Sidelock-Shotguns-pair-.cfm?gun_id=100219348
ONLY $216,000
and a single 28 bore:
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Holland-Holland-Royal-Deluxe-28-Bore-New-Condition-2011-Delivered.cfm?gun_id=100295708
ONLY $110,000

Now to be fair there are some deals on H&H out there, but these would be used:
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Holland-Holland-Royal-16-bore.cfm?gun_id=100298576
That's a 16 gauge from the 30's, only $42,000
For a better deal, here is one from 1910:
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Holland-Holland-Royal-12-gauge.cfm?gun_id=100267447 at only $22,500

As you can see, there ARE some deals on H&H, but the $3,000 amount doesn't quite cut it...... :D


Here's one where the CASE for the guns MIGHT be close to $3,000:
http://www.gunsinternational.com/HOLLAND-HOLLAND-20-PAIR-ROYAL-DELUXE-DELUXE-COOGAN-ENGRAVED-TEXAS-TRIO-of-QUAIL-SUPERB-1987.cfm?gun_id=100234881 ;)

Going Italian? How about a nice USED Fabbri for a mere $265,000 - and the damn thing doesn't even come with a case!
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Fabbri-Best-Over-Under-20-ga.cfm?gun_id=100253163
Sorry, Griffin and Howe - I would add a Negrini case to make that gun move

The point is this - when it comes to high end guns, nothing beats the bespoke shotguns and rifles from England, Italy and Austria - they truly are works of art whose wood stock cost more than 3K, whose engraving is more like 30K (and up) but whose impeccable workmanship can be appreciated by those of us, even if we could only dream about them - much like a Ferrari or Bentley

BADSBSNF81
November 27, 2012, 06:45 PM
Factory engraved Colt SAA.

hq
November 27, 2012, 07:04 PM
Do you hunt? This is a perfect time to have a custom rifle made for you. $3k doesn't go far as far as highest grades of woods for the stock are concerned (you may just get a good plank for one), but it definitely does build you a hunting rifle for a lifetime.

If you don't, I'd try to find something nice and rare. I'm not sure what Colt Boas go for nowadays, but that, along with the long barreled, scoped factory Python are near the top of my list. So is HK PSG-1, but prices have skyrocketed and I keep kicking myself for not getting one years ago when a local gun shop had them at MSRP.

paradox998
November 27, 2012, 07:52 PM
Investment quality WWI Luger?

Ranger618
November 27, 2012, 09:01 PM
I would get one of these.
It may cost more than 3K.
Dakota model 10.
http://hendershots.net/uploads/images/SS1045.1.JPG

Warp
November 27, 2012, 10:56 PM
Ive sold my dear old 1990 v8 mustang for $3000. I want to take that cash and convert it to a single firearm. I have all my bases covered and don't need anything. If you were going to splurge on something, what would it be? I'm looking for ideas. Thanks.

My AR cost that much.

Cost of Colt
Colt LE6920: ~$1,180
Trijicon Accupoint TR24G: $760
LaRue SPR-E LT-139: $230
Troy Rear Folding Battlesite: $90
Geissle SSA trigger: $200
Magpul MOE+ grip and trigger guard: $30
Magpul MOE handguard w/QD attachment: $55
IWC SMC light mount: $50
Surefire/VTAC L4 weaponlight: $160
Vickers Combat Application Sling (VCAS): $75
Daniel Defense QD endplate: $50
BCM/Vltor gunfighter CH Mod 4: $35
Total: Approximately $2,915

Agsalaska
November 29, 2012, 12:45 AM
Why is that?
Sorry it took 4 days to respond.

Because I would, and do, treat those kinds of purchases as investments. I posted this just a minute ago on another thread, but I can accomplish anything I need to accomplish with a gun for far less. Good ccw gun-$600. Good shotgun-$300-600. Good rifle 500-1000. Good pistol $800. Good 22 $300. In fact I can probably satisfy every shooting need I would ever have for $3000 total. A glock, AK, ruger77, mossberg, and a 10/22. Done. When I buy guns for that kind of money I just view them different. The most expensive gun I actually shoot is my deer rifle, which I bough used but in new condition for about $1200.

Probably because I am also not a big shooter. Love guns but don't shoot much.

I would spend it on an old Winchester, a presentation type m1, etc.



Edit- answer as to a question about my comment that I would not by a $3000 gun that I would shoot.

Jaxondog
November 29, 2012, 12:22 PM
"SharpsDressedMan"
that is a beautiful weapon

ScrapMetalSlug
November 29, 2012, 05:51 PM
Get two Mosin-Nagants and 70,000 rounds of ammo

Larry Ashcraft
November 29, 2012, 07:38 PM
I bought my Citori new for about $800 in 1983, probably about equivalent to $3000 now. I bought it because I wanted an over and under, and I expected it to be my using shotgun for years and years (it still is). I understood when I bought it that I would use it hard and it would get some blemishes.

Now, it's a bit scratched up and the bluing is worn off from carrying it. It even has some pitting in the chambers from my neglect. Still shoots fine though.

Point is, buy that double barrel you want and and enjoy it. Let your kids and grandkids learn on it. Pass it on when the time comes. It'll be worth every penny and then some.

As for buying a $3000 gun and not shooting it, would you buy a $30,000 car and not drive it?

Agsalaska
November 29, 2012, 08:20 PM
I bought my Citori new for about $800 in 1983, probably about equivalent to $3000 now. I bought it because I wanted an over and under, and I expected it to be my using shotgun for years and years (it still is). I understood when I bought it that I would use it hard and it would get some blemishes.

Now, it's a bit scratched up and the bluing is worn off from carrying it. It even has some pitting in the chambers from my neglect. Still shoots fine though.

Point is, buy that double barrel you want and and enjoy it. Let your kids and grandkids learn on it. Pass it on when the time comes. It'll be worth every penny and then some.

As for buying a $3000 gun and not shooting it, would you buy a $30,000 car and not drive it?
I absolutely would by a car for 30,000 dollars and not drive it. If I was buying it as an investment. But a better analogy would be - would I purchase a gold coin and not spend it or a stamp and not mail something with it. I see a purchase of a gun at that price the same. But the guns I own and/or would buy for that price would not be for shooting anyway. Think old winchesters, presentation grade Garands, even mid century smiths in 99% condition. Or a pre 64 Winchester in 257 Roberts unfired and in the box. That's the kind of gun I am referring too. You would be crazy to shoot those. If I need something to kill a deer with, il go spend a lot less.

Jus me though. And like I said, I am not a huge shooter anyway. Love guns. Just don't make it to the range with them too often.

Cosmoline
November 29, 2012, 08:31 PM
custom Shiloh Sharps

Really that's the best choice for your price range.

Crash_Test_Dhimmi
November 29, 2012, 08:45 PM
This was right around 3K$. And about 8 months of time. Totally worth it though.
5.56 Micro Galil SBR

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/6935_150717576363_2440672_n.jpg

oneounceload
November 29, 2012, 09:12 PM
I bought my Citori new for about $800 in 1983, probably about equivalent to $3000 now. I bought it because I wanted an over and under, and I expected it to be my using shotgun for years and years (it still is)

Exactly, and if you shoot it enough, the cost of targets and ammo will FAR exceed the cost of the gun. My Gti cost me $1,000 new back in 1994 as it was being discontinued for the then new Browning 325. I am right at 250,000 targets through that gun in 18 years. Between reloads, factory ammo, registered targets and club targets, I figure an average cost of $.30/target over all that time - that's about $80,000 - the cost of the gun becomes a non-starter

jmorris
November 29, 2012, 09:27 PM
If you have everything covered, you can get into full auto for that.

Pete D.
November 30, 2012, 06:55 AM
If you have everything covered, you can get into full auto for that.
The trouble with FA firearms is that, while they are tremendous fun to shoot, you really can't use them for anything other than shooting lots of ammo at the range.
Pete.

brnmw
November 30, 2012, 09:31 AM
KAC SR-25 or LaRue Tactical OBR 7.62 Rifles! (Don't chinch on the scope either.) ;)

wlewisiii
November 30, 2012, 09:28 PM
Hmm. $3000?

Winchester 1885 High Wall in .38-55 would be tempting:
http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/img/images-by-title-name/Model-1885-Traditional-Sporter-%E2%80%94-Case-Hardened-MID-534183-m.jpg

But I'd probably either find the nicest used SxS 16 gauge I could find or else get a custom mauser in 9.3x62 for that mythical safari that I'll never actually go on... ;)

Hotshot10
November 30, 2012, 10:10 PM
Thanks so much for all the suggestions. I am most likely going to go with a double barreled shotgun as I like to go do sporting clays and i am about to move to a home that is literally 10 min away from the clay range so that would be something that would get used.

For a $3000 shotgun, I'd be looking at a Browning or Beretta O/U. Either will serve you well for years on end.

I envy your proximity to those clays.

DumasRon
February 2, 2013, 11:29 PM
Get a Shiloh made to order.

sean326
February 2, 2013, 11:43 PM
Ive sold my dear old 1990 v8 mustang for $3000. I want to take that cash and convert it to a single firearm. I have all my bases covered and don't need anything. If you were going to splurge on something, what would it be? I'm looking for ideas. Thanks.
I'd use it to move out of CA so you can really buy some guns

Queen_of_Thunder
February 2, 2013, 11:45 PM
A Sig X6 comes to mind as does an early Sig P210. A S&W model 16-4 also comes to mind along with a nighthawk.

LS240
February 2, 2013, 11:47 PM
I think I'd go with a Steyr Scout, a Leupold scout scope, and some 308 to put through it.

Strange Bob
February 3, 2013, 12:01 AM
LaRue OBR
Absolutely but the 7.62x51 is now $3300+. This would be my choice. I think The Predator model is $500 less and almost 2 pounds lighter but still with that LaRue excellence.

rgwalt
February 3, 2013, 12:27 AM
For a $3000 shotgun, I'd be looking at a Browning or Beretta O/U. Either will serve you well for years on end.

I envy your proximity to those clays.
$3K will get you a nice mid-range Beretta or Browning O/U. They make much more expensive guns, though I'm not entirely sure what that extra expense really gets you.

Swing
February 3, 2013, 12:35 AM
Transferable Mac-10. :D

Rezin
February 3, 2013, 10:44 AM
Luger...

gym
February 3, 2013, 11:00 AM
A cobra Carry. A few hundred left for a holster and ammo

meanmrmustard
February 3, 2013, 11:07 AM
I, personally, would get a Wilson Combat Professional Lightweight 1911.

Whatever you choose, have fun shopping!
This would be one on my list.

John3921
February 3, 2013, 11:23 AM
For 3k you should be able to find a Beretta 682 Gold E sporting, or a 682 Gold Sporting. The Gold is an older model but I prefer it to the Gold E. The Gold E's are over $4k now new in the box. I believe Beretta is ending the 682 line and coming out with the 692 series. I'm not sure what all has been changed.

Berettas fit me much better than the Brownings - try both. Look at Pacific Sporting Arms website for ideas. The 682s are mechanically the same as the 686's and 687's but are a bit heavier which is what you want in a competition gun. I've seen use 682 golds with subgauge tubes in the 3k range so they are available.

blarby
February 3, 2013, 11:30 AM
Transferable Mac-10.

Not very likely........

berettaprofessor
February 3, 2013, 12:12 PM
Uh...guys...DumasRon dug this thread up from a deep November 30th grave if you hadn't noticed.. If the OP hasn't spent that $3000 by now, it is only worth about half in guns what it was several months ago....now it may just buy a Stag AR-15.

Sheepdog1968
February 5, 2013, 02:21 AM
Uh...guys...DumasRon dug this thread up from a deep November 30th grave if you hadn't noticed.. If the OP hasn't spent that $3000 by now, it is only worth about half in guns what it was several months ago....now it may just buy a Stag AR-15.
Nephew spent money on other things so still waiting for him to save it up again for the car. I was 99 percent certain was sold. I do see the humor in the ar jokes re prices. My preferences are for blued firearms and walnut stocks. Still heavily leaning towards a sxs or ou shotgun for shooting clays. Doubt I will do better at it than I do with my Mossberg 500.

thorazine
February 5, 2013, 04:59 AM
If you were going to splurge on something, what would it be? I'm looking for ideas. Thanks.

Just for the lol'z I still want to suppress a shotgun -- even if it's eight feet long. :D

Next splurge will however be a suppressed three hundred blackout setup either on an existing rifle or a new rifle (if prices ever come back down).

Sheepdog1968
February 6, 2013, 10:38 PM
I think I'd go with a Steyr Scout, a Leupold scout scope, and some 308 to put through it.
That was the plan several years ago. However, I ended up putting a scout scope on a 30-30 lever action with a 16.75" barrel. I fell in love with this setup to the point that the Styer scout is no longer necessary. I can't argue that a 308 is balistically better but if my 30-30 isnt enough In those cases I have a 30-06 or a 45-70.

J-Bar
February 6, 2013, 11:03 PM
A Colt revolver or an English double shotgun will hold their value and be a source of joy forever.

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