I had a similar experience as a kid. One of the kids asked our tennis coach what kind of racket was the best. She said you already have a good racket. Wear it out practicing and ask me again.This! Years ago I was shooting High Power in Phx, AZ and a new 'just out of the box' shooter game up to the gunsmith that was there* and asked what he should spend money on to make it a better shooter. The smith didn't even look at the rifle, just told the guy "Buy a bunch of ammo and when you can out shoot the rifle come back and tell me what to do to make it better"
*Whish I could remember his name, kind of well known, worked on Garand's and with Robar on their rifles
I've also seen folks with 10 year old golf clubs beat the pants off of guys with $400 drivers, golf bags with no stains on them and $200 shirts.