interesting... what about is the range of a used 1dmk4, I'm thinking it's out of my budget
Is it not worth upgrading to a 7dII or possibly the 5dIII?
You can get a used 1D Mark IV from B&H for $1,899.95. (Condition 9/10 = "Shows signs of use, but very clean"). You would be able to find one privately for a better price, but as any private purchase, double and triple check the background of the seller, camera, etc. Privately, see if the buyer will provide a verified "actuations" (shutter count) for the camera.
I live in a city of 70,000 people. The newspaper here utilizes three excellent photogs. They use the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and like it. I see B&H has a decent deal going right now for $1,499.00. Here is an image taken w/my used 1D Mark IV and I've included a screenshot of the metadata. Hope this helps.