Originally Posted by losthelegend
I currently have a Rem 700 CDL in a 7mm and I am looking at doing a build in the same caliber. I am wanting to do the build in steps. I would like to have the action trued and blueprinted and recoil lug and barrel installed first. Then when funds become available have it cerakoted, purchase an after market trigger and lastly purchase a synthetic stock. I do not want to shoot the rifle until the build is totally complete. This project is just a side project that I really dont want to dump the total amount for right away.
My question is do you think that this process is feasable or a total waste of time for myself and the gunsmith? Where would your first step be, second and third etc.? What twist for the 7mm? Barrel Length?
My goal is to eventually have a lightweight gun to pack in for elk and mule deer. I would like the barrel to have flutes and a sporter type barrel and am leaning towards a B&C medalist stock with a timney trigger.
Any constructive advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for all of your suggestions!
1:9 will be adequate for any of the 7mm's I know of but 1:8.5 would give you some additional spin for bullets that may come out in the future.
A light varmint contour that finishes at around .725 at 26" and is fluted would give you good performance and meet your weight goals.
I'd step up to the 7mm STW while you are doing it for the added punch particularly with the 160-heavier class bullets for LR shooting.
You can shave a good bit more weight by saving a few extra bucks and going to one of the McMillian mountain rifle type hunting stocks or the new stocks from Precision Stock Works in New Braunfels Texas (their design made by McMillian for them.
Keeping weight to a minimum and performance to a maximum is tough.
You can get the action trued and the barrel installed for 800-1000.00 if you just send it to Brux, Krieger, or any of several other premium barrel makers and use the savings to go up in quality and down in weight in the stock.