Originally Posted by JPhelps
Hi everybody I have been living on the fringe for quite some while and am excited to build my first long range gun.
My wife is getting me a 700 action for christmas. Actually she bought me a .300 ultra mag with the intention of me turning it into a .338 edge. I have talked with Kirby a little and have alot more questions.
After all the reading here I think I want to go with either Kirby or Shawn to do my build. I hunt both the high country of the Cascades and also walk in hunting. I am wanting to build a rifle I can pack all day.
What are all the components and services that are a neccesity in building a 1/2 moa gun? Here is what I have gathered:
~ Start with a 700 action.
~ Fully accurize the action (am not sure what all is involved).
~ Lilja or Hart barrel w/defensive edge brake.
~ McMillan or HS precision stock (suggestions), bed to the contour.
~ Stock trigger modified to 2 lbs.
~ Have both the barrel and bolt fluted for weight.
~ Scope? Open for suggestions. (Leupold, IOR, Nightforce) what will stand up to the muzzle brake. Dont like the Nightforce pricetag.
What should I let my local smith do and what should I leave for Kirby/Shawn?
All help will be appreciated.
Looks like you have everything you need listed. As far as what I would let Kirby or Shawn do? ALL OF IT!
The pricetag is the only thing you won't like about a Nightforce.
One thing that is discussed here a lot, is whether to start with a Remington 700 action and have it trued, or get a custom that doesn't need the work. I think that most on here would say its better spent money to buy the custom and save the gunsmithing $'s, as you'll have better resale on the custom if you ever decide to sell it. (the $'s are almost equal, and in some cases favor the custom action).
Good luck and keep us informed.