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Unread 11-08-2004, 08:41 PM
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Re: who\'s the best custom rifle builder

thanks for the help but can you guys/gals give me any pics of some of Matt work he tried emailing me some but it didnt work. Does anybody have any other suggestions I still havent decided what caliber i want. And could you give me a list of stuff needed for reloading i want to start but dont know what i need or really anything about it. Would any body give me a rough estimate of what the rifle will cost and the reloading will cost
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Unread 11-08-2004, 09:21 PM
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Re: who\'s the best custom rifle builder

I know you dont want to hear it but I'll say it anyway, if you are 14 years old DONT make a custom gun!!!!!! my very first custom gun was just exactly what I wanted when I ordered it and now I shoot it less than any gun that I have,buy a factory rifle and shoot a couple more years until you figure out exactly what your wants and needs are. Most likely what you think is the ultimate gun now wont be in a few years,then with the extra couple grand you'll save now you can really get what you want later.
Have Fun B
p.s. I'm a blue hair 46 year old and had my first custom gun built at 30.

[ 11-08-2004: Message edited by: brian b ]
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Unread 11-08-2004, 11:34 PM
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Re: who\'s the best custom rifle builder

Glad you said it Brian,
Looking back on it, I don't think I was too young when I bought my custom gun (17, actually didn't get to shoot it until I was 18), I was comfortable in my decision, and still don't regret it. But this was a calculated decision. I had alot of experience and knew what to look for with that gun. There is nothing wrong with asking for opinions, lord knows I do it alot on this board, but a word of advice, take a few steps before you try to sprint in regards to the shooting sport. You are 14, you may want to take some time before buying a custom rifle. My first rifle, and the one I still use for hunting, is a far cry from custom. But it was through using it, learning it and of course shooting it, that I found what I like(hell I still like that rifle). Best of luck, and although it might not seem like it, you've got a world of time.

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Unread 11-08-2004, 11:44 PM
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Re: who\'s the best custom rifle builder

truthfully I dont have that much time for i Have been vigoursly training for the marines. I will be in and till i die, honarable ejected or incable of performing my duties. So my choice is do it now or never do so i say do it now i like to plan ahead, ordering for this rifle would not occur until same time next year or mid summer so i have time to contimplate it still but i thank you for your suggestions
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Unread 11-12-2004, 07:13 AM
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Wow, at 14 I had no idea what I wanted to do.... I would seriously wait to by /order a custom gun, your life will make a gazillion changes in the next 2 years alone not to mention in the next decade. I bet by the time you are 18 you will have reconsidered going into the military a few times.. especially after you have a girlfriend or 2...
At 14 I never had enough money to build a custom rifle ... not even sure my father would have let me have one anyway....

slow down man you have a long time ahead of you... not to mention changes... has your voice changed yet? Go buy a PSS or somthing and play sniper for a while and see if it is what you really want....

besides.. quit being so serious and enjoy life for a bit... you'll have plenty of time to act like and adult and deal with lifes stress' go be a kid....
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Unread 11-12-2004, 01:38 PM
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Re: who\'s the best custom rifle builder

HI kaliesman,
I think shooting and reloading would be a great thing for you to spend your time on. considering what most 14 year olds are spending their time on nowdays.......

assuming that your parents are behind you on this....
this is what I would suggest for starting out.
a savage tactical or varmint rifle depending on your preference,toppped with a good scope
do NOT chintz on the scope! my recommendation would be Sightron S2, Nikon Monarch,or Leuopld vx3.
You could have the rifle with the scope for around 800-1000 depending....

also .308 would be a great caliber to start with.
As far as reloading this is what I would suggest.
The Lee classic cast press ($59.99) this press is an excellent press for the money! it is equivelant to or better then the RCBS rock chucker (which is $107.00)
then you will need a scale.
I would reccommend an RCBS 502 scale($57.39)
then you will need some reloading dies.
I would reccommend Lee delux rifle 3-die set ($25.99) this is available in .308
Then you will need a good reloading manual.My personal favorite is Nosler ($20.00)
also a powder dispenser would speed things up.I have used RCBSs for years and couldn't be happier ($65.00) but you could get by with a funnel and a trickler (for about $15-$20.00)
Then after a few reloads you will need a case trimmer as they grow in length and for this I would reccommend Lees case trimming system for it is simple and straight forward.

For full length sizing you will need to lub your cases. these are just some of the basics for starting and there are kits you can buy that would include most of the above.But I guess this is what I would reccommend. also get a good "how to reload book" and research,research.
also if you know someone who reloads ask him if you can come over and get some pointers and visual how to's.
you can go to www.midwayusa.com for all of your reloading equipment.
I hope this is helpful and don't be discouraged because of your age you gotta start sometime.

reasearch and knowledge are powerful things.

As far as a custom gun I would not reccommend it for starting out but if it is something you want to pursue the Savage action is a great action to build off of ...in my opinion.
I started relaoding when I was 16 and I am still learning things today so don't try to learn it all over night.
good luck on your adventure and if you have any more questions feel free to e-mail.
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