I just heard back from my mate thats the gunsmith I'll use if I decide down the custom path and he recommends a 338 Norma Mag. what are peoples thoughts on this? He's a good mate and I know he'd only look out for me I just know nothing about em.
Also here is his break down of costs for a custom build, does it seem reasonable? To me it looks fine.
Remington 700 action $1050..............true it up $220..........sako extractor if you went norma mag (bigger then standard magnum bolt face an the edge is a standard magnum face) $120 for the sako extractor
barrel chambered an fitted $800
flute barrel $280
flute bolt $100
stock $750 (carbon fibre one)
Bedding action into stock $250
$3870 for the lot even with a big scope would be around the 4-4.3kg mark.