So, AP218, are you sure you made the best decision?
There comes a time when, after looking at what's available on the open market in production rifles, a certain level of frustration sets in. One has the action you want but the stock isn't quite what you'd like or you can't find the barrel/action marriage you've been dreaming of. Prior to my own wait of nearly a year before I could put a round down range, I spent about six months making my final decision on the final design. It evolved like this:
Caliber .284 Winchester
Chamber Reamer: Built to custom personal specs.
Barrel: Krieger 5-R
Action: Remington 700 LA
Stock: McMillan A5 with selectively positioned sling swivel points
Bottom Metal: Remington 700 LA with enclosed magazine and floor plate
Trigger: Remington X-Mark Pro (I know, it's heresy. But you'd be surprised how well it shoots with a properly trained trigger finger
Sights: Zeiss Conquest 6.5 - 20 x 50
Mount and Rings Burris Signature Zee Rings on 20 MOA Picatinny Rail Mount
Action and rail mount bedded
Gunsmith: Highly respected local artist with many years of rifle building experience.
Point here is that it takes time to make your decisions for building your own "custom" rifle.
Having an engineer in the family to work out the reamer details helps too, of course.
At the range this morning this rifle produced a -.5 MOA group showing three holes for five shots fired at 100 yards.
I suspect it cost a bit more than something similar I might have purchased off the shelf, but it's sure worth it.
I have a great woman, fantastic kids, a warm place to sleep and an accurate rifle. Life is good ..............
Hunter Safety Instructor - Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship Instructor
American riflemans triad - God, guts and guns. It built America and it'll preserve America. Abandon one and you lose them all.