So I am thinking of getting another barrel for my M03, only to be told that there has been another recent price rise and the manufacturer's RRP is now £ 997 !!!
A thousand pounds for a standard barrel ? Seriously ? The retailer did offer me a discount as a repeat customer but that is still incredible.
By way of contrast, I found this ST review from 2007: http://www.shootingtimes.co.uk/guns/...ing_rifle.html
Note the prices; spare barrel is £376. That is a 265% increase over 5 years, or over 50% a year. Not even Rolex watches (about 15-20% a year for the sports models) or school fees can match that (11% average, if you're interested) for price inflation.
Interestingly, it is the barrels in particular that have shot up; a magazine has gone from £89 to £125. A big increase, sure, but almost acceptable.
Pricing at this level to my mind rather defeats the object of the switch-barrel system.