Re: want to buy an 338 lapua
Sometimes somebody is selling an action, or I have seen used rem 700s at gun shops or gun shows with beat up wood stocks and worn blued barrels in 7mm mag for 375.00. Just have to keep your eyes open.
For barrels I have a Broughton on my 338 Ultra mag, I have a Hart on a 7mm-300WBY. I have a McGowen on a 25-06 and I just bought a Krieger for a 6.5-270WSM build. For that Sportsmans warehouse was selling Rem 700's in 7mm-08 for 319 bucks and I bought one and sold the barrel for 50 bucks and the stock for 40. That is the action I am going to use.
If you want a barrel right now Brunos always has Krieger barrels in stock, that is where I got mine.
I have 3 Bobby Hart LRT stocks that I got from stockys stocks and I really like them. One of those is going on my 6.5 short mag build.
I would check sround where you live to maybe find a local gunsmith with a good reputation that can chamber and thread your barrel without waiting month's.