I have recently been racking up a list of items that I would like to put into a custom rifle
. I went to a gun show today and found a nice gently used Savage 112 BVSS in one of the calibers that I was looking for and now I can't decide which direction would be better to go in. Part of it is monetary concerns the other is shoot now versus shoot later. I'm a college student looking for something to use varmint poppin and deer hunting and possibly doing some low-key competition shooting as a hobby. Any suggestions on course of action would be great.
1. Custom build using
Savage short varmint action $415
Pac-Nor barrel in .260 $425
Stocky Stock from current sale $200ish
Undecided $300 scope
Total $1400 plus dies and expensive brass
2. Buy 112BVSS in 25-06 and upgrade after the barrel is shot through
No immediately visible action wear
Minor surface imperfections in laminate stock
Some bolt scuffing
Told the barrel should be in pretty good shape and I have an opportunity to shoot it Thursday.
Buy a better $400 scope and rings on it
Asking price is $620 plus tax with a relic Tasco scope but I think I should be able to get it down to $550 before tax without the scope. MSRP is $980 new for a 12BVSS from savage.
Total: $1000 plus dies and cheaper brass
The other concern is upgrade path for short versus long action. Not really concerned about going to 200gr+ high BC bullets in some super mag cannon but I may go to a 6.5-06, 6.5-284 or similar versus only .260 or 6mmBR in a short action.
I originally liked the 25-06 but moved to .260 to get a 6.5mm bullet (as suggested) in a short action since they don't sell long varmint actions anymore. Then I began to like the .260 but barrel life seems about the same between it and the .25-06 so now I'm torn in between the two.
Thanks for the input,