what are you trying to do with it? LR carrygun or combo LR hunting/1K BR gun?
You can buy a really good used 1k BR or LR hunting gun for $1000-1200 at most matches or on the net. For example I know two top of the line 1k guns in a 300 win mag with steel sleeve, muzzle brake and a 300 hart w/muzzle brake/with custom dies for sale now and most expensive is only $1250.
If you want to build up a carry gun, a good 30-34" match barrel is going to run $350-380, chamber $125-140, truing $50, trigger work/replacement $40-150, large recoil lug $40, dies $150-300, Bruce Baer laminated stock (any config you want0 $225-250, pillar bedded $125-140. muzzle brake $150-200.
Bottom line is you would really be better off buying a good used gun and learning and then rebarrel later. Saves about $1000 plus right off the top, unless you can do all your own work. Most guys will give you the loads for that gun and sometimes event the custom dies.
As for scopes, yes the LR Leupolds and NFs are tops and most expensive, but the Bausch and Lomb 4200 and 3200, Nikon tacticals, Burris scopes with tapered bases can work very well until you really start crossing that 1500 yard mark. You can even add extra dots or lines to your crosshairs to extend the range. This will work for starting out.
You can save some $ and watch for good deals, I bought my last NF for $650 from a guy that needed money. I picked up a 338 Lapua Ack Imp on Rampro action, barrel bedding block, 34" Lilja barrel (80 rds fired and yes it borescopes as such), $300 neil jones dies, brass and bullets with custom alum carry case for under $1200, same thing guy needed $. It would have cost over $3000 to put the same gun together from scratch. I am putting a Unertl BV-20 on it that I bought for $340 and spent $80 having Unertl go through it. As for clarity, nothing beats a Unertl, not waterproof though. Just need a little care.
Most guys starting off would be better served money wise and experience buying a used gun, that is something that they can learn with before they go spending the big $ to build up the top of the line LR rig before they know what they really want and need.
Smoak, Just remember, If you get a 30-378, the barrel life is about 400rds, If it were me I would get something thats easier on a barrel, but you never mentioned what kind of shooting your going to be doing, dinosaurs it would seem. If you don't want to spend over 2k, HS Precision could make a nice 300WSM for ya, last time I talked to them, they just made that same rifle for a guy that shot one hole, that route would be a good way to go, unless you like pissin' around having one built from scratch. Just thinkin' out loud, [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Jay
Few gunsmiths will recommend opening up the 700 bolt face to fit a 378Wby case. Too little metal left.
If you are going with a long barrel anyways, consider the RUM and Tomahawk. With a long barrel and 240gr Mk, performance will be close to the 30-378 at a much lower cost/headache factor.
If your goal is to build up a gun from scratch. STart with a gunshow special. Either rem 700 or Savage 110. Why pay for parts that are going in the dumpster anyways?
I like the idea of buying a proven BR rifle. I have purchased a couple that have shot unbelieveably well for a fraction of the cost of new. Not BR level but certainly one "big" hole.
Used match barrels are also a great alternative. For around $50 to 100 bucks, you can get a premium barrel that has a burnt out throat. The rest of the barrel is still basically new. Just rechamber and rethroat and voila match accuracy again.
Look for barrels in 308 Win as you will not loose any barrel length. The rechambering to the longer magnums will clean up any throat erosion. Almost all BR gunsmiths will have these kicking around from shooters putting on fresh barrels.
I did that for my 30Gibbs project and the end result was a sub 1/3MOA rifle for $200 Cdn. - barrel and install.
The cost of a good recoil lug, opening the boltface and installing Sako extractor, barrel, chambering, trueing, single shot follower and dies. Stock, bases, rings, scope and muzzle brake may be had later depending on what you have already. My wifes 30/338 Lapua Imp is being built on a $400 Wally World special too.
Pacnor has good match barrels, find a "good" smith that will open the bolt and fit the extractor (correctly) and get a quote for it all. Good luck. I have a ton of 30/378 reloading data if you need it too. You might consider the 338/378 instead, barrel life will be better and the 300gr SMK is awesome in this round too! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
I have model 700 LSS in 300RUM, I was interested in a .338 maybe. See, I dont have anything in this 300, except a trigger job and a muzzle break. I dont know if I should get a new .338 laupa or weatherby, or if maybe I should put more money into the 300RUM. Im do reload, I dont shoot match or anything, I do hunt long range (for me 350-700 yards). So I dont know, what are your opinons and thoughts?