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Unread 05-12-2009, 04:04 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle advice

I wouldnt overlook GA precision either. They offer an upgrade from the 700 action to their custom Templar action by Phoenix machine. As long as you keep the "options" to a minimum, you can get a complete rifle for 3K even with their custom action.

I am not trying to take anything away from the smiths who hang around here. There are some really good ones. For the money, shootability and a decent custom action, I just wouldnt over look GA.

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Also another good smith I know and trust is George Leichty in Utah. He does good work and knows the ins and outs of how to make a rifle function at its peak. He is also a smith that contributes to this site.

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Unread 05-12-2009, 04:47 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle advice

I would get your cash in hand and keep a sharp eye on the for sale forums on different web sites like here and snipers hide because you can get some great deals right now because people are out of work and need money. I bought a brand new 338 norma mag in a phoenix action and mccree stock plus lots of other options for 2600 shipped because the person that ordered it backed out of the sale. Plus you do not have to wait the 6 or so months to have one built.
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Unread 05-12-2009, 05:17 PM
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If you would like a very good factory competition action for under $1000, I would suggest a Savage Comp. action. It has a trigger adjustment of 6oz. to 1 1/2lbs. You can buy the ejection port to eject either side as well as bolt placement. The hole is long enough that you can eject an empty 338 Lapua casing even though it is a short action. If it is a loaded round you will have to pull the bolt.

It is topped with a 32" Douglas barrel, EGW base, Burris XTR rings, Bushnell Elite 4200 and from what I have shot and witnessed on a Ultimate sniper stock, its gonna be a shooter. It is heavy enough that a muzzle brake isn't necessary, but if you plan of benching it for a couple of hours in one day, you might want one. Now the stock required extra smithing due to the third action screw, but I know you could build a rig like this for under $3000.

The barrel isn't broke in yet and already cutting one whole in the first 5 shots. Just thought I would through in my cents. If you go with a WSM, this would be my first choice. I know you wouldn't have any problems with larger Magnums or long action cases either.

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Unread 05-12-2009, 09:06 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle advice

Wow, I want to thank everyone for your feed back and I really appreciate all the info.
I have to digest all this information and see the direction I need to go. I'm already pointed to the people on this forum to build something just think about who and when. Who would you pick, no hurt feelings please ?
Thank you very much for your help and anything else you add will be a bonus
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Unread 05-13-2009, 11:11 AM
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Kirby's price is right with the components he mentioned but, his price was just under your $3000 budget and never mentioned anything about scope bases, rings and a scope which can easily tack on another $1000 plus. I've figured out some prices keeping your $3000 budget in mind. I have several long range specific rifles and all of them are single shots. There really is no need for a magazine when doing this type of shooting as each shot is meticuously calculated and preppared for. It's simple to just reach into the ammo box and grab one shell, close the bolt and your ready to go. We hit everything on the first shot anyway right? Here is my prices for a complete custom long range rifle including optics.

Stiller Predator Action = $825
Barrel from any top name company = $325
Chamber of your choice = $185
Vais Muzzle brake installed = $150
McMillan stock = $500
Pillar Bedded = $150
Rifle Basix Trigger = $125
Leupold Bases = $25
Burris Signature Rings = $50
Sightron SII 6.5-20 x 50 = $600
Triger Guard = $40

Total for everything $2975

Now you can save money by opting out of some things and upgrading others.
If you already own a Remington 700 action have it single point blueprinted for $150 and use the action. You can still have a Sightron 6.5-20 X but with a 42mm objective and a A/O for $375. This cuts down the cost considerably. Now you can have a complete rifle with optics for around $2100. Now you can upgrade to a Jewel trigger and/or upgrade your optics. That's the nice thing about a custom rifle build. You can pick and choose your rifle options to fit your budget and still have exactly what you want when it's finished. When you have taken in all the information everyone has given you, e-mail or call me at Montour County Rifles (www.mcrifles.com) and I'll work up some prices on exactly what you want.

As for cartridge, I'm assuming you'll be hand loading so, as long as you limit your shots to 1000 yards and under the 7mm STW will work just fine along with several other 7mm Magnum cartridges. The little bit bigger .30 cal Magnums will hit with a little more authority though and some can be stretched a tiny bit further, but limit your distance to what you feel comfortable shooting with your experience. Again this is something you can discuss with the smith, as there are alot of good choices.

Good luck with your project.

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Unread 05-13-2009, 03:36 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle advice

After having a few customs built, I'll offer a little bit of advise. Call and speak with at least three different smiths you may like to have build your dream rifle. Discuss your requirements, what it'll be used for, different options like stock, action, barrel, trigger etc. and get a quote from each of them. Then do some research and find if you can buy the components yourself for cheaper than you get them from the smith. An example would be Brux barrels, which are currently cheaper in price than some others, but still very high quality. I'd recommend ordering all the parts your self that'll go into the build, and then YOU are the one waiting on them to arrive and you do not bother the smith every couple months calling and asking for a status report. Get the components in hand, for cheaper most likely, then send them all in to the smith of your choice and most likely have a shorter wait.

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Unread 05-13-2009, 05:53 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle advice

Talking to several gunsmiths would be advisable. Other considerations: Some stocks aren't reasonably compatiable with some receivers & it will likely take some time to get all of the componets. Receivers were ordered in early July of 2007 for rifles for me and my son. They came in around mid March of this year. Everyone says a custom rifle is worth the wait, even if the wait is loooooooong. If we get good quality materials, good quality workmanshiip and tight groups we will be happy even though it has been a loooooooong wait. The range shooting will tell the tale. Best wishes with your decision.

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