I do agree with Mark's point...It really is kind of pointless to buy a $1,500 rifle then rip it apart and true it all up and stick it back together, UNLESS you get a smokin deal on the rilfe. Then it's totally worth it.
I do the budget build thing. I find a good new or used action for a couple hundred bucks, then slowly buy up my parts and then once I have my parts, take it all to the smith and have him put his voodoo on it. If I don't go crazy on the options, I wind-up spending about what you do on a good factory rifle, not including the optics. And I KNOW that i's not a hit-or-miss factory rifle. Except with mine, the only time it misses is when I fudge the shot.
The reason I mentioned the Sendero SFII or 5R MilSpec is because both of those will shoot sub-MOA if you do your part behind the boom switch, and you will not need to visit a gunsmith. They both have high-quality stainless steel barrels, the actions are first-quality picks, and the rifles are hand-fitted to tighter tolerances than less expensive model rifles. And they both come with HS Precision aluminum bed blocked stocks. All you need is a good scope, rings, and base and possibly to bed the recoil lug or action, float the barrel, and you're ready to start practice. No wait times from the gunsmith, or time gathering parts...
"I'm just a peckerwood who lives in the hills with too many guns..." - Bob Lee Swagger
"Give me a minute...I'm good. Give me an hour...I'm great. Give me 6 months...And I'm unbeatable." - Col. Hannibal Smith
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Originally Posted by WildRose
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