Many of our threads touch on this question...either directly or indirectly.
Personally, I look for both form and function.Whether its a rifle, shotgun, handgun or optics, I purchase those models that ,in my opinion, will not only address the immediate need/desire but will also have long term benefits.I like guns that look good...work right...and are a pleasure to handle and shoot or hunt with.Guns that require little to zero modification.Guess I'm not into fixer uppers.
Actually, I have a "fixer upper" right now...and it has so far been a pain.Let me be honest...a pain that will be as sweet as it gets once "fixed".
The shotgun I'm describing is a 34" single barrel trap gun stocked by Jack Dockweiler.It was left to me by a late friend who knew I was the only person who would love and cherish this gun.If you know anything about
"Doc", you know he made some of the most beautiful shotgun stocks ever made.Works of art...like Michaelangelo.
Problem is, I shoot this restocked Baker 32" high.In order to center punch clay birds, I need to see almost 3 feet of daylight under the bird.
So I need to find a top quality stockmaker on the East Coast who can work on a Dockweiler stock...lower the Monte Carlo a bunch...and then refinish the stock perfectly.
In truth, a nice high class headache...for what will be for me the ultimate trap gun.Shooting the Baker is as good as it gets for singles trap.