First of all, hi my name is Tom and I'm from Europe. I've already had some e-mail exchange with Shawn, but was holding back with all the questions because I didn't want to bother him with them.
I'm going to start hunting and do some long range target shooting. I haven't even started on my license and haven't got much knowledge about firearms.
I've done quite a bit research about what I want from a rifle, and what I want the most is accuracy at long range and quality. I want it to last, and so I won't feel like I want to upgrade to something "better" after time. Just after a few searches on Google I kept seeing .338 Edge popup (besides .338 Lapua) I thought there must be something about it that makes it so popular. The reviews about the cartridge and rifles just made me keep searching for it on Youtube and anywhere I could see some action.
So what do you guys think? Is it the right choice?
If yes, what would you suggest for the parts?
What are the actual parts you have to look for when building a custom rifle?
I have no idea what an action is or if its made out of any other components. I can't really translate it to my language since any translator would do a direct translation and I know it's not right.
The stock, I guess, would fit any combination, or not? I'll probably go with a stock with a cheek piece and that isn't too heavy.
And the barrel. Does it need to be specifically made for the .338 Edge or does it just have to be the right size for a .338 bullet? I'm thinking about a 30" barrel with a 10" twist and getting it fluted to save on weight and it looks amazing from what I've seen.
Is there a way that the muzzle breaker is already attached to the rifle as a part of it or do I have to order it separately. If so what kind?
Here my knowledge stops, I don't even know if there's anything else (besides scopes, and accessories) that one would need to build a working rifle, so I can't ask the question.
And what do I do after I get the list of things I need? Do I just take the list to a gunsmith and he orders the parts? Or can I order the parts from the US and bring them to him.
Do I need to be careful about anything, parts etc.
I know I'm making it look like rocket science, I'm sorry about that
That's about it, for that part.
If anyone feels like it, he can also write down an awesome list of components one would use for a rifle. Not single shot please
And the dies for the .338 edge, I guess they fit any reloading machine right? Also have to get a reloading license here so I guess I'll learn more about that there
Thanks for your time. I hope you could answer some of the questions and you won't mind if I will have any more.