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If you spent that kind of money on a new custom rifle you durn better shoot it. :)
 

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Kilimanjaro specializes in truly high grade wood.

We talk about pretty walnut and fancy grade and deluxe and so forth but it is all really child's play in the world of exceptional gun wood. there are literally people hopping on private jets and bouncing around the world on whispers and rumors of high grade gun wood. It is a cut throat business that brings huge money. Wealthy people will often put $20k or more down just for wood and then wait five or six years to be called by a broker who found something for them. And that is just the chunk of wood, it still has to be crafted into a stock.

I think a lot of folks would be surprised by what goes on in those circles and how much money changes hands. It is a whole other league from anything we dabble in. :)
 

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Everybody has their flavor of lever action but at the end of the day it don't shoot any
better than a $250 pawn shop special with character. My opinion is based on shooting,
owning, and handling some of the finest levers out there.
 

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I could never justify a 10,000 dollar rifle. I find it hard to look at the $1500 range but I know that there are alot of people with money to burn. I like the usefulness over beauty any day.
 

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D White said:
The removable lever pin sounds like a good idea. I wonder if anyone makes those.
This is as close as I have found to what they mention. Works pretty well.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=27019/Product/MARLIN_LEVER_ACTION_QUICK_TAKEDOWN_SCREW

Or for less money get a couple of these and a small screw driver to carry around. Doesn't matter of you bung it up and it saves your original screw.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=8582/Product/FINGER_LEVER_SCREW

Wonder if they have seen a difference in the quality of actions since Rem?
 

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Eli Chaps said:
Kilimanjaro specializes in truly high grade wood.

We talk about pretty walnut and fancy grade and deluxe and so forth but it is all really child's play in the world of exceptional gun wood. there are literally people hopping on private jets and bouncing around the world on whispers and rumors of high grade gun wood. It is a cut throat business that brings huge money. Wealthy people will often put $20k or more down just for wood and then wait five or six years to be called by a broker who found something for them. And that is just the chunk of wood, it still has to be crafted into a stock.

I think a lot of folks would be surprised by what goes on in those circles and how much money changes hands. It is a whole other league from anything we dabble in. :)
I'm remembering an old quote about more money than brains.. ;D
 

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Yeah, everybody knows all the stupid guys are just stupid rich.

The smart guys, now they're just flat broke! ;D
 

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Eli Chaps said:
When you have that kind of money you can afford to be stupid. :D




Yesterday I worked in A $20,000,000 house. The guy buying it is planning to live there 3 or 4 weeks A year.
Yes the ritch are different than us.
If you see me with A $10,000 gun, it's not mine. ;D
 

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I remember the first time I ever paid $500 for a gun; I felt extremely guilty and thought I must be some kind of idiot. But eventually those pangs of guilt and "sticker shock" faded, and I found myself coughing up $1000 for my next gun; telling myself that I would never again be so foolish. But those feelings of idiocy passed too; and before I knew it, I was coughing up $3000 for a single gun! And I told myself, OK Tom this has got to stop; this idiocy is getting out of hand. Then, while visiting a gun shop in NC, I saw a high-grade LC Smith shotgun I just had to have and knew it was under-priced at only $5K; so I spent my first $5 thousand on a single gun. Not long after that, I had an opportunity at a rare Optimus Grade Lefever; grossly under-priced at only $10K, and it also found a new home. I stopped my gun buying at that point, and not because I felt I was being stupid and irresponsible; because my business is commercial real estate and our recession had killed the industry to the point that I felt compelled to sell my collection to support my business and family. But those guns were literally money in the bank, I made sizable profits on every one of those high-dollar guns; and in some cases serious money. The thing folks must realize when it comes to gun buying is that, it's not how much you pay for the gun; but knowing the real value of the gun before you open your wallet, and that knowledge only comes from doing one's homework (or research).
When considering the price of the custom gun here; most likely that is not an investment quality gun in that it would have the potential to appreciate in the same fashion as a vintage gun; but everything is relative. Ten years from now the $10K you paid for this gun will retain far more value than the same $10K invested in a new truck or auto; and the same $10K gun would be far more valuable than a boat selling for the same $10K.
And another thing to consider is that those of us who own multiple guns seldom stop to think about the total dollar investment we have in our accumulations. I have 10 Marlin levers, all have high-dollar Leupold scopes, and all have a full compliment of accessories and ammo stashes; and guess what, I can only shoot one of those guns at a time, and all but one of those guns do nothing but take up space in my vault. So, with nearly $1K in each one of those Marlins, what do I have here? Obviously, several thousand dollars just sitting there while I am preoccupied with my 338MX. So, if I've got close to $10K already tied up in an accumulation that I'm not using anyway, then having only one custom/dream Marlin rifle I really enjoy might be something worth serious consideration. Some of the younger guys here will obviously think I'm suffering from Old-timers disease; but the hard truth is that I enjoy my guns, I don't have many more years remaining to enjoy my passion, and I won't take anything from this world into the next. And although the featured gun here is not the Marlin I personally want, life is just too short; and I will have my "ultimate" Marlin rifle before I check out.
 

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In addition to the positive points above, it is flattering indeed to see a custom shop reach for the Marlin to craft such a fine arm. And we know that the mechanicals and accuracy will fully justify the large custom investment.

I see it, then, as a tremendous vote of confidence, not a negative at all, that someone would wish to craft, and to purchase, such a memorable rifle.

Regards,

Dyson
 

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I just found out my insurance company will only insure my guns up to $1500. Not $1500 each, $1500 for all. I don't have a $1500 gun, but I have more than 5 $300 guns. Good excuse to not have a $20,000 gun.
 
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