Re: First rifle build
Well, you can spend big money on a custom action, but I like Savage actions, from a good ol Model 12 for SS with a magazine and accutrigger in a short action, to a Target Action for large shank barrels. Or even 112 for long actions.
And lots of aftermarket parts, from good barrels from McGowan and Shilen or even Brux, to machined recoil lugs, and triggers from SSS.
And lots of stocks.
So, for the price of an action alone you can get it all.
Just an idea.