I am in the planning stages of building a .338 1000m + rifle. I have hit a barrier with my .270 Win Mag and have decided to get a custom rifle built.
I watched a video from AGI (a while back) where a custom rifle was built from start to finish using a 700 action and a Pac-Nor barrel.
I have heard only great things about Pac-Nor and saw on their site a barrel is around $300. I also saw that the action can be trued and lapped for about $300 more. I contacted Pac-Nor and they told me that a 700 Long Action wont fit a .338 LM (I may go with edge not sure yet but thats down the road).
I really love the 700 feel and action and want to have it but not sure how to do it other than buying a 700 in .338 LM for 1600 (or so).
What i need to work out still is:
Can a 700 action be modified to fit a .338?
Is a Pac-Nor barrel what i want?
Does Pac-Nor do good Lapping and Trueing?
What is a good stock? There are so many reviews that all say the same thing. Id like a Pistol Grip or thumbhole.
Now on to bedding.
In the video the smith did a "V Block Beddng" Where he moved the Recoil Lug 4" on the barrel and made a free floating action and barrel. I have yet to find a smith who can bed in this manner, So when/if i do it will be much more expensive. Is it worth the extra money? Who might be able to do this?
My goal would be to
Visit my local Pawn Shop and buy a '06 that is beat up for $100 (Ive seen them). Take off the barrel and trigger and send the action to a company. Have the company return the Action and barrel, then send to a gunsmith to have bedded.
So far unless there are some expenses im not thinking about it can boil down to a pretty cheap rifle.
$100 - Action
$300 - Barrel
$300 - Trueing and Lapping
$200 - Stock
$ ?? - Bedding
So for around $1000 or so a nice custom rifle.
As for the trigger im pretty good about adjusting them, as i dissasemble and polish them. Ive done a few and each one comes out feeling Perfect
Also I was wondering about the .338-408. It looks really nice. 300gn VLD at 3500 FPS (if i remember reading it right).