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When I get right down to it, the question is really one of do I want the satisfation of tinkering around myself to produce a tack driver or do I want to have the pride in ownership of owning some of the finest gear in the world being produced by one of the finest gunsmiths on the planet.
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I hear ya on the self satisfaction. Been doing that for years.
What I'm expecting to find is that the custom rifle
from one the world class smiths start where mine begin, as far as accuracy goes. Example is fire forming loads reported here are more consistently accurate than the finished product on my project rifles. On mine, overall accuracy looks great at 100 or 200 but goes down hill after 750 or so. And this is after a couple of hundred development loads. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
On the really good custom rifles
, I expect load development to be maybe 1/10th of the development necessary for a factory barrel.
However, the action I sent off and got a quality barrel fitted by a quality smith with bedding done by me, load development was less than 30 rounds, including break in. The only problem is that it is a poopy cartridge LRH.
Now I have both an own project rifle for personal learning and satisfaction and a fully custom rifle
on the way that all I expect to do is show it off with pride and learn to shoot it at far away things.
BTW, I've never had a fully custom rifle before and figured I owed myself one......