Originally Posted by Andrew H
Whats wrong with wanting to spend a little bit more than I had planned on a nice rifle.
Granted, I have never been rifle hunting before but what isn't there to like about it. Being outdoors, camping, hiking. It may seem ludicrous to some which is understandable. I think it seems pretty crazy for someone to spend $30k on a new truck then just spend more money on it to lift it and put bigger tires and nicer wheels on it. But to each their own right?
Absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself. My point is just, be sure you like it before you drop the cash. If you're dead set on that rifle, see if you can find it for cheaper than new. Gunbroker.com
is a good sight to piddle around on. Go visit your local ranges and see who has it, see if they'll let you try a few rounds (better yet, bring your own ammo). Make sure you like how it fits you before you buy it.
As for camping/hiking, hell I hear you. But most hunting isn't a multi-day affair. Depending where you hunt, of course. In Montana or "out west" it certainly could be a decent adventure. In the midwest, I've seen folks park their pickup on the road by their corn fields and pluck off deer at dusk. Not really the same type of hunting. Some folks have "deer camp" that's really a drunken male-bonding event (again, nothing wrong with that!).
I don't think anyone is telling you what NOT to do, just options on what you could do, based on anecdotal experience. It's your money. Blow it how you like. Lord knows I've got enough crap floating in my house that makes my fiance cross-eyed when she thinks of how much I've spent (don't try pointing out how much her shoes are costing, you'll lose that argument).