Originally Posted by BountyHunter
Sounds like a "fuster cluck" experience speaking there.
IMO buy a good custom action all tweaked out i the box and forget messing with a 700.
This will be my first custom rifle
and I'm getting more nervous about the level of difficulty pulling this off. Let me run by you guys what I'm thinking and tell me if I'll end up with a headache or a solid build. I plan on sending my action to Krieger and have them true the action and install one of their barrels. When they send back the action and barrel I plan on slapping it in a stock I buy and go from there. It should be as simple as that, right?
My grocery list:
Buy a Remington 700 SPS Stainless 300 WSM Rifle
and use that action for my build. sample here: Remington 700 SPS SS 300 WSM
Kreiger 5R 1:11.25 twist Stainless Barrel with a Varmint #7 contour. I'm trying to keep it somewhat light as I have to cover a lot of ground to get to certain spots on my hunts. (This is a long range hunting rifle running 180gr Sierra Gamekings. I will have Krieger true my action and attach their barrel to the action. Details: Their barrel list Their action service overview
Buy a HS Precision Stock off of a friend sample here: H-S Precision Pro-Series Rifle Stock Remington 700 BDL Short Action Police Sniper Varmint Barrel
I'm undecided but I'm ok with the x-mark trigger that comes on the parts rifle i'm buying. I have one on my .308 and have no issues with the pull or feel.
Rings & Base:
I'll roll with a Leupold set of rings and a Leupold one-piece picatanny base. I'm second guessing this as my selected optic may limit me on elevation so I may go with a Badger 30 MOA base. Thoughts?
As stated earlier, this is a hunting rifle. I have a Leupold MK4 ER/T on my bench rifle but dont really want to start there with this rifle. I'm thinking this optic: Bushnell Elite 4200 Series 6-24 x 50mm Tactical Rifle Scope 426245T
So. What should I look out for? Is this build solid? Your feedback is greatly appreciated!