Originally Posted by BountyHunter
Stop now before you make a very expensive mistake.
Guys just talked about opening up the bolt face, sako extractor etc and that is before even truing. Bottom line that is $400-500 worth of work on an action that will be worth $400 when done. Buy a custom for less money and have a better action.
Sell the action now ($300-350), go to the group buy below on buying a ready to go stiller predator action for $600
You will never regret it and no extra smithing work.
I don't deny that I've had some lessons in false economy. Just seems to me that the 700 action can be made a reliable, accurate platform for less than the cost of the Stiller, having looked at some smith's prices.
Then there's the self dilusional aspect, it's easier to write several small checks than one big one. We'll see.
If the truth were told, I'd be money ahead buying a complete rifle that someone else built, but what's the fun in that.
Let's face it, if we were all completely practical, there wouldn't be many long range hunters, much less this fine forum.
Deciding that I want a long range rifle is probably THE big expensive mistake.
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