I can not argue with any ones opinion so far on the type of rifle a person needs (Factory or custom)
I have owned 3 factory rifles in the last 40 years that shot 1/10 of an inch groups @ 100 yards, so there
are factory rifles that can shoot good but they are hard to find with that level of accuracy.
A factory rifle that will shoot 1 to 1 1/2 MOA are more common and as someone said if you don't
have a problem with that level of accuracy and don't reload, a factory rifle is OK with limited distance
The advantage of 1/2 moa or better at the shorter distances it the ability to place the shot exactly
where you want it. If you want to take a turkey a 200+yards and don't want to blow him up
you take a head shot. (This should not be attempted with a 1MOA+ rifle). sometimes you need to
take a shot that will drop the game where he stands so it is recoverable at long distance. A 1 to 1 1/2
MOA rifle will not do and the shot should not be attempted.
So if a person buys a factory rifle he needs to know its limitations.
As far as the custom rifle
; I expect better than 1/2 MOA from any custom and with good reloads,
this is not impossible to get. I am OK with 3/10th MOA groups but not satisfied and keep looking
for a better load. I may never find the "magic" load but I don't give up, I just don't try as hard
at some point.
One cannot compare a Factory rifle to a custom because they are as different as apples and oranges
Factory rifles are mass produced and most if all have some issues with quality control. If they only
have one or two problems they may shoot well. If they have many problems they will not shoot worth
a $#!t . I have never disassembled a factory rifle that did not have issues of some kind.
are/should be built one at a time and the chance of a quality issue are small to none
so you do get what you pay for. with all the right parts and good Smithing most of the time they
will amaze you and normally out shoot the shooter if he will admit it.
I do believe that one can buy a $2,000.00 custom that will shoot with the $8,000.00 rifles. After all,
If you buy the best barrel, trigger, a trued/blueprinted or custom action, a good stock with pillars
and bedding along with good smithing what else can be done to drive the price up to $8 to $10,000.00
So buy what you want and be happy with it no matter what it cost.
Just my opinion
J E CUSTOM