Originally Posted by Broz
[snip] I think it is safe to say that it is very unfortunate you did not deal with Defensive Edge first. [snip]
I made every effort to be clear, that my experience in no way had anything to do with Defensive Edge.
My point was a self built rifle can be done that is heirloom quality, that one can take pride in having spec'd it out to exactly as desired and doing the final assembly with one's own hands.
Only the OP can decide which route is best for him.
We all make our choices and pay our money.
Having had a crap'tastic experience in the past makes me biased
to doing my own custom builds and subbing out the barrel chambering only. If my first experience been as positive as yours I might never have known just how good a rifle I can put together.
Although it is admittedly less expensive to manage the build one's self; when it comes to building precision rifles it is not always about cost, but more about the final product, accurate results. I can say that without reservation I am 100% satisfied with my efforts.