Originally Posted by COBrad
As has been mentioned, the 700 is the standard, but after buying a donor rifle and having the action trued, you will be at, or very near, the cost of a custom. I've had rifles built on the 700, one on an old Jap Arisaka, a Ruger, a model 70, and an aluminum sleeved AMT single shot. Some shot well, one of the Rem 700 and the model 70 did not. Action? Barrel? Operator error? (naw, couldn't be). My latest is being built with a BAT HR. It is a serious LR rifle, so seems fitting to have the best... for only another $400.
This is not to sturr up trouble but just to clear this up about the factory action cost compared
to the custom action.
I looked at as many custom actions as I could find for a compairson and hear is what I found.
The bottom price I found for a custom action was $925.00 the top price was $1770 for a basic
So if you buy the cheapest custom action=$925.00 and buy an after market trigger $100.00
to $240.00(Jewell) and add the bottom metal $140.00 you have invested $1165.00 at this point.
If you buy a donor like the Rem 700 SPS just for the action you will spend $370+ tax for an ADL
and $430.00 for a BDL (Add $80.00 dollars for a stainless one and you have the trigger and
bottom metal for A stainless action (Same as most custom actions).
Now add the blue printing and most smiths will do this for $100.oo to $150.oo dollars.
Now take the stock and sell it for $25.00 and the barrel for $50.00 dollars(New Stainless take off).
And you can take that off of the purchase price or the blue printing bringing the price down to
$585.00 total dollars for the Donor.
The remington now has a good trigger(Not a great one but adjustable)The X mark Pro. so unless
you want a Jewell it will do a good job especally for no more money.
Barrels and stocks add up to the same unless you have to have a special inletting done for the
To sum up = Custom action $1165 + a possible Blue printing anyway (They are not all perfict)
or a Donor= Remington Action=$585.00 Blue Printed with everything but the barrel and stock.
For a difference of $580.00 dollars.(Almost Half price).
So if you can afford or want a custom action by all means use one to build on.
If you can't afford a custom one then have a factory used as a donor. IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A
CUSTOM RIFLE THAT SHOOTS THAN HAVE A FACTORY THAT DOESENT.
Potentially there is no difference in the accuracy potential of ether if properly Smithed. the chamber,
barrel quality and the crown are the difference.
There are certain braging rites and prestige that come with a Custom actioned rifle, but accuracy
has it's own requirements and the type of action has little or nothing to do with it. So dont let the
difference in price keep you from building an accurate rifle (That's the smiths job).
The numbers are not skewed in favor of eather custom or factory Action and were priced just
Actually the best action to use is one that you have already paid for that wont shoot and is not
getting any use. A blueprinting and custom barrel install will be less than any other build.
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