Originally Posted by kc0pph
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.
Wrong!!! Only replacing the bolt will do that close but still not all way. Cost $200 Dave Kiff PTG bolt fitted. You will find you will spend way more money "trying' to make 700 as smooth as a custom and never achieve it. Plus you have to change to a sako/M16 extractor (another $150). bottom line is you will never have a "darn good action" for all the money. It will be OK at best.
Go to Dave Tooley at firstname.lastname@example.org
(704) 864-7525 and look at his 700 clone Orion action for $900 with recoil lug. Comes with fitted bolt, fluted, sako or m16 extractor, melonite coated, exended bolt handle threaded with replacable knob. You can search here for several of builds on his action. You will be money ahead versus tweaking a 700 and have 3x the gun when done. Same with stiller predator, pierce and several other 700 clone actions at are very good, but do not equal the Orion for the money.
As for caliber choice, you will be much better served with the 338 Edge or the 338 Norma. I would go with the Edge, it will give you standard Lapua ballistics basically and off the shelf dies, good loads already out there. Same with the 338 Norma.
Tooley action $900 or similar custom such as Predator
Chambering will cost ~$200
Stock $200-800 My bet for the money is the Stockeys LR Bobby Hart model at $297.50 and it has the V block so you can eliminated the bedding costs. Plus it comes with recoil pad and sling swivels ready to go. Got one and love it. For the money cannot be beat.
Trigger (used 700 is $60 and another $75 for tweaking, Rifle Basix is $125, Jewell is $240)
Bottom metal is (used $50 with another $25 for extended Wyatts mag box)
Barrel from any good mftr is ~$350
Muzzle brake is another ~$150-250 installed depending. I like the Holland Radial
That puts you at $1825 for custom action, stockys stock in edge or 338 Norma.
Cheap 700 used will cost ~$300-400
Anything selling cheap will need rebluing or coating another $75-200 depending on what.
truing rcvr, bolt, lugs is $150-400 depending on who and what is done
changing extractor is $200
so you are into a used 700 for around $600-900 anyway and have way less action!!