Wow, I don’t know if I can even put into words how I truly feel about that question and the desires and perspective of the modern generation with respect to old weapons.
I am just shy of 55, and I certainly view the world different than most from my generation so I’m a bit unique I suppose, but a good deal of my being seems to be from even earlier times.
Even though it is seen as the case by the young generation.
I refuse to accept the idea that these old guns are “obsolete” (with rare exceptions maybe) other than if you try to place them beside a modern weapon, in a modern day set of circumstances and requirements they were never designed or intended for, with the expectation of them to match that level.
And for them to be a burden on a young person, or any person, is a failure on the part of those persons for not not seeing or understanding what place they have and represent. IMHO
That being said, I can understand keep only what you use as Kona said, because that has logic and practicality.
Or if the goal is to sell while there is still as much monetary value to gain as possible.
If I had the resources or some pie in the sky circumstance that could allow me to, I would buy the collections such as many here not only for my personal enjoyment, but to record and keep their specific histories in tact for the future when the current views change.
So much is not only the gun itself, but the oral and family history, that can be lost forever with a single generation.
But that’s just me maybe.
And I agree with Goblin. They all should be taken out and used on occasion at least. That is why I took my 1894 32 win spl out a while back. Even though it is a 110+ yr old gun it should still get the honor of being what it is.