Please reply with only a specific name and price range. I do not want to build my own. I am looking for a good priced custom built rifle that is a definite 1/2 gun. I don't need it to be the best of the best to win competitions. I just must have 5 shot 100 yard 1/2" or better groups.
Caliber: 7mm-08 shooting 150 grain+ bullets
I recently got a Tikka in this caliber and got it tricked out a bit but it does not shoot good enough after multiple ladder tests. It can put five within an inch but doesn't approach the 1/2" I can consistently get with my Savage Model 10 in .243 Win with 70 grain Sierra Match Kings. Also, I got the T3 Lite and it is just a bit too light for this caliber. So, here is what I am thinking:
Very good 1 lb trigger.
Middle sized barrel....not pencil thin that overheats after three shots like the Tikka, nor a bull barrell that is to heavy for hunting.
Have a Nightforce NXS w/ MOAR on order although it is way above my income level. ;-) Just had to do it...
Would like to be able to shoot 1,000 yards someday when I get good enough which hopefully will happen.
The wait does not matter to me...I can wait if need be. Will sell my new Tikka with the new 30mm Burris C4 when the gun arrives to help pay the bills and probably sell my Savage Model 111 30.06 w/ Burris Elite 4200 scope.
Thanks in advance for those of you who can provide me with detailed suggestions.
Hill Country Custom will accurize (SP) a rifle for you for about 700, or will do a complete custom rifle (with a donor rifle) for 1900. They will also build you a complete custom, from the ground up, with price dependent on your needs. I think they deal solely with bolt actions and really prefer working with Rem 700s.