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Old 11-06-2011, 12:06 AM
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Building a Custom Rifle

I am in the process of getting started on building a custom long range rifle. I can't decide on a caliber it is either 300 RUM, 300 win mag, 300 Weatherby mag, 300 wsm, 300 RSAUM.

I want the rifle to be able to effectively kill an elk out to 800 Yards (Probally will never try it though). I will be hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, and etc. I have a 300 RSAUM in model 7 that the recoil was brutal until i put a break on it. (Gun is light). I am leaning towards the 300 RUM.

Remington or Savage Action
not sure on the barrel ( Sendero Contour)
Muzzle Break
McMillian A3 Stock
Jewel Trigger
bipod
not sure on the scope yet
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:07 AM
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Re: Building a Custom Rifle

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I am in the process of getting started on building a custom long range rifle. I can't decide on a caliber it is either 300 RUM, 300 win mag, 300 Weatherby mag, 300 wsm, 300 RSAUM.

I want the rifle to be able to effectively kill an elk out to 800 Yards (Probally will never try it though). I will be hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, and etc. I have a 300 RSAUM in model 7 that the recoil was brutal until i put a break on it. (Gun is light). I am leaning towards the 300 RUM.

Remington or Savage Action
not sure on the barrel ( Sendero Contour)
Muzzle Break
McMillian A3 Stock
Jewel Trigger
bipod
not sure on the scope yet
I would steer you into a big 7mm a 7mmWSM built on a long action to get the 180's and 200's out the tube.

Jon
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:00 AM
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Re: Building a Custom Rifle

If you are stuck on a Jewel trigger you will have to use a Remington action as they (Jewel) don't make a Savage trigger. If you decide on a Savage action you could use a Rifle Basix SAV-2 or a SSS trigger and have a very nice unit.

From your caliber choices I would probably pick the .300 Ultra, take the 800 yard elk off the plate and I would look very hard at the .300 Winchester.

Not that any of them won't work on elk but given the cost of nonresident elk tags and limited time to hunt I would want to stack the odds in my favor. If you live in an elk state and have plenty of time to hunt then your choice might differ.

Just my $.02

Bob
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:02 AM
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My first question would be why? I have built 5 or 6 custom rifles and don't think I'd ever do it again. The first couple I built were back in the 60's and the only reason I built them then was becaise of a particular wildcat cartridge I wanted. I built a 22-250 & 25-06 before anyone offered them as factory calibers. I built several others that really didn't pan out. I still own a .220 Ackley Swift and a .300 WBY that are total customs. At the time I built these rifles, most factory rifles left a lot to be desired as far as accuracy.

The reason I don't think I would do it today is that there are dozens of "factory" rifles out there that will shoot as good or better than most customs and for a lot less money too. My .220 Ackley cost me over $1500 for the barreled action (I already had the stock). Unless you have a lot of extra cash laying around, there are lots of really great off the shelf rifles out there. Start with Savage...from what I've read and heard, hard to beat for the $$$.

I started tinkering with "custom" stuff when I was a teenager in the 50's. I shot (and still do) left handed. there wasn't any left handed rifles available (at least ones that I could afford), so I started my making a stock with a left handed cheekpiece for my customized 03 Springfield. A friend saw mine and I made him one too. 20 years later (after several hundred stocks) I quit stockwork as I just didn't have the time.

I also hand loaded all my ammunition and could do a lot better than facory stuff as far as accuracry. I still hand load everything I shoot except rimfire and steel shotgun ammo. Most of the factory rifles left a lot on the table as far as accuracy. Barrels, stock bedding and triggers were adequate at best. Todays stuff is a magnitudes better. Even if you are wanting a non factory caliber, rechambering to another caliber is far cheaper than starting from scratch...and the results will probably be just as good!

As far as the .300 RUM goes, my son has one that shoots just fine. But my .300 WBY will shoot just as good (and fast ballistically) as his, on 10 grains less powder. We both reload and chrono our loads and do a lot of shooting out to 700-800 yards together.

Just the opinion of an old fart who has "been there, done that"1
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:28 PM
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Re: Building a Custom Rifle

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I am in the process of getting started on building a custom long range rifle. I can't decide on a caliber it is either 300 RUM, 300 win mag, 300 Weatherby mag, 300 wsm, 300 RSAUM.

I want the rifle to be able to effectively kill an elk out to 800 Yards (Probally will never try it though). I will be hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, and etc. I have a 300 RSAUM in model 7 that the recoil was brutal until i put a break on it. (Gun is light). I am leaning towards the 300 RUM.

Remington or Savage Action
not sure on the barrel ( Sendero Contour)
Muzzle Break
McMillian A3 Stock
Jewel Trigger
bipod
not sure on the scope yet
Your shopping list sounds kinda' familiar for a dedicated longrange hunter.

Of the cartridges you mention, go big or go home...300RUM

My 300RUM by MCR
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:09 PM
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Re: Building a Custom Rifle

Yeah this is definatly a long range hunter. I already have a Remington Model 7 in 300 RSAUM with a leupold VX-2 4-12x50 for shorter ranges.

On the new rifle I want a 5-20x power or similiar scope
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:26 PM
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Yeah this is definatly a long range hunter. I already have a Remington Model 7 in 300 RSAUM with a leupold VX-2 4-12x50 for shorter ranges.

On the new rifle I want a 5-20x power or similiar scope
My RUM wears a 6.5-20x scope because that was what I had on hand and did not feel like spending another $1k+ for another scope.

My suggestion to you would be to go with a 25x top-end. That extra 5x makes a difference when the shots get long. I know this from experience as my 260 has a 8.5-25x50...

My 260 by MCR
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