While the style is not my cup of tea, I appreciate the workmanship that went into that rifle, and the price is reasonable for what it is. I have been fortunate to be friends with several high end custom gun makers for modern guns and muzzleloaders. There is an inordinate amount of skill, labor, and innate talent that goes into a truly well done custom gun, and even at $10,000 or more per gun, I have yet to meet a gun maker who got wealthy making guns and only a couple who would be considered comfortable. Most could not afford to buy their own work. My point is that the price of best quality work reflects the effort it takes to do it and the scarcity of available talent. I have had the good fortune to shoot quite a few best quality guns, and to own a couple, one modern and one a flintlock. All I can say is don't knock it until you try it, and once you do, you may be putting every spare penny into the cookie jar until you can afford one. Mine are my regular hunting guns and I have used them in all kinds of weather and for a lot of rugged back country hunts. Would a CVA or Savage do the same thing; Maybe. I have no doubts about mine, they are a pleasure to carry, shoot lights out, are absolutely reliable, and even when I am not hunting or shooting, give me real pleasure because they are beautiful to look at and hold. My motto is I want to hunt with and shoot the nicest gun I can reasonably afford, life is too short to hunt with am ugly gun.