It's a common question, and I suspect most of us feel aggrieved at how manufacturers/distributors seem to take advantage of us here, seemingly more than they do in other countries ?
Well, I've just been given a variation to add some more rifles to my growing collection, and after seeing the results a friend was getting from his Savage 22-250, and seeing the US pricing, decided the 12 LRPV Left Port, was a good option, and a little different to the norm.
Until I started looking into the UK pricing, and was truly shocked !
The rifle has a US retail of $1315.00 (circa £850.00) and based on experience expected to see a UK retail of somewhere near £1500.00. However, Edgar Brothers, the new UK distributor, have just set the UK retail at £2197.00, some 2 1/2 times that of the US ! and I have discovered that even the UK "trade" price, is massively over the equivalent US retail.
I do understand about the cost of shipping, duty, vat, proofing, etc', but this is just plain greed.
On top of that, they're quoting 3 months for delivery !
So, I'm now looking for an alternative, or for a good used rifle, but I certainly won't be contributing my hard earned to another company who think we'll just pay up, regardless !
Or, am I missing something ???