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I am looking to purchase a long range hunting rifle. I have just about decided to get a 300 win mag. The problem I am having is that I want to get a custom made rifle that is very accurate but when you look at some of the custom shops you will need to spend around 3500.00. This seems very expensive for a purchase of something that you have not seen till you get it, nor have fired to see if it is worth the cost. Any one have any suggestions. I was going to get a Montana barelled action and put it together myself till I read on this site that that was probably not a good idea. What about a McWhorter. I don't think our local gun smith would do a very good job. He uses the Montana action. Any help is appreciated.
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Your are correct. Keep in mind a custom rifle
is nothing more than an action, a good barrel and chamber job and a properly fitted stock. Scopes, rings and bases are your preference and are not part of the custom rifle
as these are over the counter items..If you start with a custom action, then you have a solid platform for whatever you desire. For example:
Custom Hall Express-- $1100
Match Grade Barrel-- $300
Chamber and crown of barrel-- $175
Fit Stock-- $250
Rings and Bases-- $200
Total-----> $2700 roughly
And, this is with a custom action and not a machined Remington. If you are not in this ballpark, I would start asking questions.
Figure three hours to chamber, thread and crown the barrel. Figure three hours to do the stock work. Note, the stock work will have to cure for several days, but total work (labor) would be in the neighborhood of 6-8 hours working slow.