Are these worth all the money?
I said for $900 you could build a hell of a 10-22, a Marlin model 60 will generally outshoot one from the factory.I wasn't aware that weapons that are made today are ever so much more accurate then those made 50 years or so ago. I guess I was deluding myself when I thought that my M1903-A3 was more accurate then my Remington 700...... I have never considered my Ruger 10-22 a particularly accurate .22 but then it is over 25 years old so maybe that was before they used modern techniques to make it super accurate. I have a Winchester 52 inherited from my Grandfather and IT is what I consider an accurate .22 rifle, but then although I can see the advantage of being able to throw allot of rounds down range, I am also the kind of guy who puts a great deal of importance on being able to hit what you are shooting at with 1 round.
Although I am not a rich guy, when it comes to firearms I have a tendency to buy what I want if I can come up with the money without mortgaging the house or going into debt. When I retired the 2nd time, my wife told me that she would buy me any firearm that I wanted. I bought a Pedersoli "Old West" 1874 Sharps in 45-70 caliber. For what I paid for it I could have come close to buying 3 AR-15's, but it's WHAT I WANTED. It may not be practical, but it is something that I wanted to buy, and frankly I could care less what someone else thinks about it.
GunsAmerica has one from the limited production run made from 1993 to 2002 "at thousands of dollars less than an original pre-1964 52B". Their price? $975.
Most sniper divisions of law enforcement are using the Remington 700 for their sniper rifles. I happen to own both a 700 and a 03A3 and shoot slightly smaller groups from the Remington than from the 03A3 using the same sights. Both shoot sub-MOA groups.Rifles made today are inherently less accurate, which is why the sniper divisions of most law enforcement departments are still using M1903 Springfields.
This argument could easily be won or lost by either side, dependent on who's doing the debating. I'm not actually on the side of modern weapons, nor am I on the side of classics, I'm just saying it's a never ending circular debate. Just like DI vs GP, or .338 vs .300, or butter vs margarine.
That being said, I have no experience with the rifle in question. $900 seems extremely steep to me for something in .22lr, but maybe it's got some serious heritage and that I could understand.