Originally Posted by jericho
At what point does it go from pure functionality to just bragging rights? If you have lets say a Savage 10FCP in H&S stock,send it off to get accurised and cost of total rifle(buying plus work) comes to say $1500(if that). Now it consistently shoots .6 or.7. How do you justify the price of some customs out there that perform the same? Is it a longevity thing? Should the issue be are you using it for hunting or benchrest comps(where the tiniest variable in accuracy means a loss or victory?
I ask this question,"cause as someone saving to get my first rifle one day,it gets intimidating,almost like something is wrong with a $1000 or less rifle.I know its not true,but where does the justification of the huge price difference come into play? Lets assume we are comparing two 308's.
There is a fine line between a full blown custom and a customized factory rifle as far as accuracy
goes. The Money however is a different story.
A "good" smith can take most factory actions and make them shoot as well as the custom action
but the end cost can be almost as much depending on the custom action purchased.
So if you take the Savage or any other factory rifle and replace the barrel with a top quality
barrel and do all of the truing to the action that normally does not have to be done to the
custom action and do a proper chambering job and place it in a good stock if the factory
stock is not very good they should shoot equally well.
The main advantage of using a factory rifle as a donor is that if you have a rifle that will not
shoot or has a shot out barrel with a little work and a good barrel you can turn a safe queen
into your favorite hunting rifle.
The reason a lot of people opt for the full blown custom is accuracy and some bragging rights.
because you can have one of a kind and most custom actions are a thing of beauty.
I would think that most of the smiths on this site could take a factory action and make it shoot
sub 1/2 MOA groups all day long if given the right parts .
Once you replace the barrel or even the stock on a factory rifle it could be called a custom
because you changed it to suit your needs or to improve it's accuracy. But a custom rifle normally infers that all nessary steps have been taken to assure accuracy to the point the
So if your looking for a rifle that will shoot .6 to .7 groups you don't need to spend the money
on a full blown custom. But if it's 1/4 MOA groups then a total rebuild of a factory rifle or a total
custom rifle is in order.
A few factory rifles guarantee an accuracy max but they are on the high end of cost. Most smiths
will guarantee 1/2 MOA or less at about the same cost unless it is based on a custom action.
So I guess my answer would be = When the owner reaches the point that he is satisfied with
the total performance of the rifle for the money spent there is no need to go any further.
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