Why SOO expensive?
I add up the cost of the parts and it doesn't equal the 4K price tags. Is their labor really that expensive?
Because they shoot SOO well!
GAP Hospitaller in .243 Winchester, with the typical Surgeon 591 action and McMillan A5 stock. This one has a Schneider barrel; the current issue I think comes with a Bartlein. Nightforce 5.5-22x50 NXS with NP-R1 reticle, in Badger rings. Shooting boron nitride coated 115 grain DTAC (an amazing projectile!) over 47.2 grains of RL-25 out of Lapua brass. This rifle was sold to me with only 500 rounds though it, at a very fair price, by a very good friend who instructs at a well-known precision shooting school. Fortunately for me, he had decided to switch to all Accuracy International stocks for his working guns. But all still GAP-built.
Lucky me! Great price, no wait, and exactly what I needed. My patient friend even taught me the rudiments of the arcane art of precision handloading. This ranks as the #1 most successful firearms transaction I've enjoyed.
I've owned "finicky" rifles before. This rifle is the opposite of that. Let's call it "friendly". It doesn't have a different "cold bore" zero than its regular zero. It doesn't shoot differently after the barrel is hot. It doesn't shoot differently after 100 rounds since cleaning through it than it does after 5 rounds since cleaning.
Plus, this rifle in this caliber is very forgiving of shooter's mistakes. And I make my share. If I were to tell you about some groups it has shot, with me at the wheel. you would not believe it. It's the closest thing to a laser I've ever owned.
The barrel is threaded for a suppressor, too. That's the next project.