When I was 12 I got my first rifle (other than air rifles....I wore out a whole pile of them). It was a 514 Remington 22. By the time I was 25 I was married had 3 kids and 25 guns. Many of these guns were less than quality stuff. None the less they were guns that were being bought with money that was not "my" money but "our" money and it was an issue. So the compromise was that I agreed to by one gun/year while the kids were home. Momma would have been far ahead to have set a dollar limit rather than a 1 gun limit. For the next 14 years I bought only one gun/year but they were good ones. I got rid of some of the junk stuff as well. I was now 39 years old had 30 guns of either high quality or that had sentimental value ( a few junkers still in the back of the closet that don't count). I now had 4 kids and the oldest was heading off to college. The 1 gun/year deal was put on hold. However every year and usually several times a year I reminded momma how far she was behind on the 1 gun/year deal. Momma didn't know it but I was sandbagging a little money away all of the time. For 10 years I put 50 dollars a paycheck ( every 2 weeks) into a gun fund. Well last year child number 4 left the nest headed off to college with a very nice scholarship that took the heat off me. So I informed momma that the 1 gun/year deal was back on and that she had some catching up to do. My little gun fund had over $14,000 in it. I have enough shotguns and am not much into buying them anymore. I also have enough small bore (223-30 cal) quality stuff to last a lifetime. So now I have $14,000 to spend on big bores to become keepers. So far I have purchased a Ruger 77 All Weather in 350 mag. A Ruger 77 All Weather in 300 winny ( momma don't know it but I got this one when I wasn't buying guns) that is to become a 458 shortly, I picked up an all weather 270 that I was originally going to turn into a 338-06. However I took the 270 to the range and it shot sub MOA with factory fodder. You just can't throw a barrel like that away. I bought a Kimber in a 325 WSM that didn't live up to my hopes. The gun met every expectation but the cartridge didn't. I got my money back out of it and then some. I bought a Lott and the jury is still out on it. Now this recent flurry of gun activity has raised a question or two in my household. My darling little wife whom I love to death looked me right in the eye and asked "How many guns is to many and at what point will you become content with the guns you have?" I just stood there with a blank look on my face! What the heck kind of question is that. I simply didn't have an answer to it. So my reply was...I don't know how many is to many. I was able to answer the second part of her question about being content with the guns that I have. My answer was that I am content with all of the guns that I have its the ones that I don't have that I ain't content with and as soon as I get them then I'll be content with them as well or ifen I ain't then I'll get rid of em and get some other ones that I am content with! Now she's the one with the blank look on her face. As for the how many is to many...well I told her I would ask around and find out. So guys HOW MANY GUNS IS TO MANY? I can hardly wait to let her read your replies!