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Unread 10-28-2005, 05:12 PM
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Re: building a new rifle but need some input

Watch the Buy/Sell/Trade section of this forum. Last June I picked up a custom 300WM that shot so well I can't believe the guy sold it. I saved enough money on the sale that I shipped the rifle to McMillan for a Lazeroni stock and bed job.
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Unread 10-28-2005, 10:34 PM
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Re: building a new rifle but need some input

Thaks for all the replies
Its been a great help in deciding on what i actually have to do to get what im wanting. Steve thanks Clay was a great person to get ahold of.Talked to him for almost an hour.He`s a hell of a nice guy and has answeres for every question, we both got confused jumping between target rifles and hunting rifles but think we got it narrowed down.
After talking to him and discussing muzzle breaks.It`s starting to look more like a compatition rifle than a hunting rifle.But i can build a shooting table on my front deck and hunt most of the farm.bee awhile im still 500 yarded, 1200 yards is still out of my abilities at this time.But i have never had a rifle like what im wanting to build.May be able to add a few hunderd yards to that with a top of the line rifle. Its amazing the more i find out the higher the caliber keeps its pushing into the 300 mag.I have come to the realization that that its not really possible to have best of both worlds hunting and long range target shooting do to weight of the rifles.
So let me see if i got this right {take a 300 mag}- Hunting- good one, deadly out to 600 yards
+ a few but gets iffy after that but you dont need a dolly to packit with ya- Target 300mag- 1000 yards + but actual weight is getting into the 14+ pounds not real handy for taking to the woods and shooting deer/coyotes/etc etc...
Hunting rifle- approx 3k
Target rifle-- approx 5k
Going to talk to a couple more builders as soon as i can track some down. I figure Clay knows what hes talking about but just want other opinions before i commit to that kind of cash. He told me i was welcome to come to his shop and shoot one almost identical to what he thinks im looking for.He was pretty sure we could figure it out and still keep it under 5k.
He told me that the optics would be fine untill i put the muzzle break on a 300 mag. He didnt feel that it would hold up very long. Dont know if ill ever bee good enough to compete in long range shooting and be competative but would really like to give it a try and see if i can. Was really suprised that i went from a 308 to a7mm mag to concidering a 300 mag. Not like me to be up in the air about what i want.
Guess ill keep checking the info {only want to do this once} would really like to get it rightthe first time around.TY all again for the great responces to my question
it may not mean much to you all but im very impressed with the help you all have gave me in my little indever
It`s looking like a target rifle that i will be using for huning some of the time. guess you all already knew how this was going to turn out lol.
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Unread 10-28-2005, 11:02 PM
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Re: building a new rifle but need some input

Chat with Kirby Allen at APS. Go over some options and see what he can do for you. May be just the ticket!

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Unread 10-28-2005, 11:24 PM
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Re: building a new rifle but need some input

I build part time give me a call if you want
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Unread 10-29-2005, 07:29 AM
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Re: building a new rifle but need some input

Pete, tried to e-mail your site today on both addresses. Got two failiures any alternative?
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Unread 10-29-2005, 07:52 AM
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Re: building a new rifle but need some input

my buddy just bought a remington 300win mag police (factory heavy barrel).. i have had 300win mags for several years . i have also shot my 308 factory heavy remington.. in my opinion the 308 isnt that much less comfortable to shoot than the 300 police.. the factory 308 with optics weighs right at or under 10lbs. the police winmag weighs about 11 + a few ounces... i would second clay spencer to be one of the best but there are several here that have great credintials...i have never had any of them work on any for me but there are lots of them here... i have a 300win mag 17lbs target rifle (with break) that is very comfortable to shoot.. and a 14lbs 7wsm with a break that is very comfortable to shoot... if you build either at 12lbs plus i dont believe the recoil will be very substantial with or without a brake.
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Unread 10-29-2005, 07:08 PM
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Re: building a new rifle but need some input

All the good advice has helped alot
Guess what im going to do is rebuild my old 308 over time 1 piece at a time try to get it back to a 600 yard rifle.
Wich it never was thats why im a 500 yarder to begin with.
So at this point i am looking for a remington long action and need to decide on if im going with a 7 mag or 300 mag. Dont think i could ever give up that 308 no matter how much i bad mouth it its killed more animals in 1 shot than i can count.
It seems to me that some of you all have built more custome rifles than i own that are off the shelf, so any advice in what works and what doesnt through your trail and error would be greatful.
Nate when i start rebuilding my old 308 ill prob need some advice u seem to be very adept with that cal. in a custom but would really like to keep it a hunting rifle just get more yardage out of it.going to use it this year for deer season so wont be doing anything till prob next year with it.
Whoever i am going to go ahead and start working toward a target rifle.Think ill prob spend the rest of the night trying to find out some info on what it will take to build a rifle that will be competative. Guess ill grab the 22-250 and start working on my shooting alittle more inthusiasticly.
Any info in getting into this would be great any tips or ideas that i have missed on this site for me to read would be great.And maybe in a couple years i might actually get wear i can compete and be competative.
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