I just paid 3k for a 4" SS no box. If you want one, that's what its going to take. I was in your shoes last month. 3k is what its gonna take for a SS python. More if you want 100% NIB. Some people would say wait but wait for what? For them to go up even more? Good luck.
Let us know what you do.
Word og advise. If food and shelter and family is under control and you want this gun....But it. Look for the best deal YOU can find and buy that beauty. Doesn't matter if someone else speaks of a 2,000 dollar SS python, its about the best deal YOU can find. Like I said, 3k for a excellent Condition SS was the best price I could find.
Villin, I'll definitely post here when I get one. The hunt goes on!