Going back a few years, to when I used to shoot rifles, I had several Model 70 course guns. They looked as if they had been "run hard, and put away wet". Sweat stains on the stocks, brass ding marks on the receiver, blue was pretty much worn off on one, the others having been rebarreled a number of times, were never blued, and the exterior of barrels showed slight rust marks here and there.
Shooting my own handloads, and Redfield "iron" sights, I could hold 10 ring elevation at 600 yards, when I did my part. Don't remember having paid more than $200 for any of the Winchesters either. Someone still has to hold and shoot the thing, be it a pistol, shotgun or rifle. The human element is always ythere.