I am currently trying to decide what components to purchase to build my first custom rifle. I would like opinions from those who do this often and know quite a bit about it.
I am wanting to build a 338 Lapua. I am ready to spend some money on it too. I was thinking of starting with a Surgeon 1581 XL action, a Krieger barrel 26", and a Mcmillan A5 stock. Will that stock fit that action? The Surgeon add says that action requires a 1.350" contoured barrel. Is that the minimum contour, or the only option?
I would like some opinions on these components, and alternative components that might work better. Also, any good recommendations on trusted gunsmiths that would put this all together when I receive it all.
How long does it usally take for a smith to build a rifle like this, if he has all of the components?
I have never done this before, and know very very little about it, so any information is highly appreciated.