I understand the total cost of the barrel, what im a little concerned about right now is the action. I need to talk to a smith and see how rough of an action he can transform into a darn good action. From my understanding of the Trueing and lapping process it makes even a horrible abused bolt into a pristine perfectly fitting bolt.
Maybe ill just forget about the .338 and move to another caliber? Is the 950 JDJ a practicle round. Its a wildcat (i think and is on wikipedia)
If any Gunsmith or someone who is really up on this is willing to give me a call i would love to spend some time talking with you.
Im not trying to get away with only blowing $1000, but i want an affordable mans rifle and would really like it on a 700 action. I am trying to get away with doing this as cheap as possible with still retaining quality. I never got the idea of going out and blowing $5000 for a bare rifle If i can get one to shoot much better for cheaper. Im of the oppinion (now im an uneducated (in custom weapons) so if im wrong i am here to learn as id rather learn and be educated than talk up a big line that is not supported.) that someone can come away with a VERY nice weapon that will shoot as good as the best shooter can shoot it for much cheaper than $5000.
I recently saw a TRG-42 and it had a pricetag of $3700. I have heard that the Rem 700P will shoot just as good as it. I have also talked with a gentleman at a gun store "Specialty Sports in Colorado Springs" who tells me that the Savage 110BA shoots better than the TRG-42 and has a price tag of only $2000.
Ohh and one more question. Will a RCBS rockchucker from the 1800's (its really old but not that old) load a .338 EDGE? My .270 i have to put the bullet up in the die before i place the brass in the shell holder.
Im sorry all if i am being a pain, i really want to learn and would love to have a good rifle that is economical on a 700 action. It does not have to be TOP of the line but it has to be worth the investment for LRH.