RE: the precision game, that is an absolute rabbit hole, lined with hundred dollar bills. It’s something that I nonetheless wish to pursue. Fortunately one of my cop buddies was an international youth competitor, and then a Marine Corps sniper before he became a LEO. I’ve already learned a ton from that guy. I’ll need to catch up on some other things first, though; the glass alone will kill the average wallet.
That said, clever shopping for, say, a Tikka, and a discontinued Nikon can get one going for about 3 grand. My guy’s scope is worth 4 Grover Clevelands, before putting a rifle underneath though.