ok guys, say you were building a rifle off of a long action savage with a magnum bolt face with the intention of shooting steel to 1500+yards and big game hunting out to 800-1000yards. Given a $1500 budget including optics, what would you build(already have the donor so its the full 1500 into parts/optics) what would you build
-prefit barrel: brand, length, contour, caliber
Well, I was going to suggest a McGowen prefit in 338 Lapua, but don't see one listed at NSS. He does list a Shilin prefit in 300 WM, I just don't think it has enough HP to reach 1500 consistently. But thats what I would start with.
Stocks are really a personally choice, you can certainly get a great one from several sources.
Optics. Right now Nightforce is popular, but that overbudget. Maybe a Burris, with Burris sig rings and bases.
Wow for the range you want to shoot with the accuracy you will need I'd say the budget needs improvement first . Optics = get the best you can afford ,
Savage .338 Lapua 110 H-S Precision or the BA $1100-$1900
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I've built a 338 RUM very close to what you want and it went over your budget and I didn't take any labor into the total. You might come dang close with a McGowen prefit and the laminate stock, what will get you is the brake with install. Make sure you get a quality recoil lug also.
Brux fluted barrel, Muscle brake, Stockade P-dog stock and recoil lug, EGW 20 MOA HD rail, Burris rings with Sightron SIII 6-24x50. All on a Savage 110 action we had and I finished the stock and did all the machine work on the metal for a total at just over $1800. By the time it was all finished I think we hit 2 grand but what my buddies wife doesn't know won't hurt his gunsmith
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@Geargrinder, part of the reason i'm lookin at the boyd's is i have one on my .308 and i really like how it feels and by using the same stock there's little to no difference in comfortable shooting position between the 2 rifles