I f it was a nice quality gun I would not have any issue laying down more than $1000.00 That said I would not lay down that money for a "cool gun" that does not work.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 23 of my guns are 45/70 govt 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple