Historically speaking - people how are collectors are the people who are willing to pay a higher price for firearms. Sportsmen or sport shooters are second and dealers pay the least.
Dealers can't afford to pay market prices! They have to consider re-sale first and for most. They have to pay the over head for their store location - employees - and make a profit as well. Remember - their in business.
Collectors pay more for pieces they have specific interest in. They usually collect by brand, gauge, year, Country of origin and such. Lets say you have a Damascus Steel Double barrel shotgun. First off if its truly Damascus steel - its not a solid barrel(BEWARE) - the process includes taking bands of steel and wrapping them around a specially sized jig. The barrel when finished, shows a beautiful spiral type design. They can be truly art like and totally dangerous if modern ammo is fired through them. Thats another story for another day.
Sportsmen/Shooters/Collectors pay usually better than Dealers and most often more or the same as a collector would. Sportsmen look for older guns primarily because they are built better than new guns - then theres price!
Why spend $500-700.00 for a good new rifle or shotgun - if you can find one 20 years old for half that? The older guns were more often made from machined steel - the receivers were made better and craftsmanship meant more than production speed.
Winchester are generally always a good gun to buy - Winchester USA is no longer producing Fire Arms. The older guns are creeping upward in value. Most "Brand Name Manufactures" are holding good long term value as well.
The rule of thumb is, "Decide what you want/need - research - spend as much as you can afford" - if you start out cheap - you might actually get stuck with inferior accuracy and less than desirable hunting results.
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