Re: PA Long Rifle
A long rifle is one thing. Patchbox, in-lays, etc all cost lots of man hours to inlet and finish.
Check with Tip Curtis in tennessee, no web site, for an "in the white" kit. Basically assembled into a working firearm but left for you to finish. A very few others provide kits "in the white" Premium parts alone will run close to a thousand dollars, with out fancy in-lays etc.
There are some guns for 1,000 to 1400 dollar range, and sometimes Dixon's has some on consignment. But usually not so fancy. I had a very well built poor boy. Super premium lock, set triggers and barrel in a plain walnut stock with bare minimum furniture. Very light weight and accurate. Put together right, but no butt plate, plain iron trigger guard and thimbles. An exceptionally balanced plain hunting gun, just not a fancy inlaid show piece.
An unfortunate accident separated me from that gun. I figure to get another like it. Something perfect for hunting, but not so fancy that I would be afraid to have it out on a damp morning.