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Unread 10-09-2008, 03:57 PM
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Re: looking to build a gun

Longshot gave you the Cadillac option, I'll give you the Buick option....

Start with a Remington SPS. They come in various 7mm and 30 caliber magnums.

1. Choose a good scope and mounts.

Take the rifle out and shoot it. If it shoots, great. If not, continue working.

2. Float the barrel and get a decent stock like HS Precision or Bell and Carlson.

3. Trigger Job - have the factory trigger tuned to somewhere between 2 and 3 pounds.

Shoot the rifle. If it'll shoot, great. If not, continue working....

4. Send the rifle off to a good smith and have a custom barrel installed and have the action trued up. I chose Hart Rifle Barrels in New York (Hart Rifle Barrels). They turn their own barrels, chamber, install and true your action for a reasonable price.

Shoot the rifle. It'll shoot now.

Rifle: $500
Scope and Mounts: $500+
Stock: $150 - $300
Trigger Job: $65
Barrel and action job: $600

Total ~ $1900
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Unread 10-09-2008, 08:40 PM
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Re: looking to build a gun

I am doing the same thing 280fan sugested. I got a rem 700 action a brux barrel and a new take off stock from a member here. My smith has it now so I am just paying for the machine work and a few small parts when its all said and done it will cost me around 1900 just like 280fan said and I will have a coustom shooter.
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Unread 10-09-2008, 09:39 PM
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Re: looking to build a gun

FYI....I practice what I preach...http://www.longrangehunting.com/foru...y-280-a-32771/
I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!
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Unread 10-10-2008, 05:09 AM
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Re: looking to build a gun

this year was also my first year with custom rifles and long range shooting I will give you my 2cents and what I wish I would have done different.

talking from experience here, I tried building guns for a price also. Problem what I wanted and what I bought weren't the same. I settled, big mistake. Get what you want!!!! Save the money and build what you want you will be happier in the long run.

You can't find out what you want without handling it and maybe even shooting it. I am lucky I live within 30 miles of my gunsmith and friend 308 nate. A knowledgeable friend or smith who will be building the rifle is a big plus.

You can build a full custom with NF scope for about $4200. I choose to have a couple of good rifles rather than a bunch of ok ones. Calibers I like 7wsm and 6X47lapua.

I have had my smith build off of a remington action,lawton action, savage target action, and pheonix action. For the money I would build off the pheonix for what you are getting. A remingtion action cost me 400 to true 150 flute the bolt 65, and install a sako extractor for 110 you are up to 725. A pheonix I can get for 750 with a custom handle, fluting, acc fire pin, and sako extractor ,tolerances are better and I think they are built better. Not to mention it is a custom action and if for some reason you would sell it I think you might get a few more bucks out of it. I am not pushing a pheonix action I am trying to tell you in a couple of months you will be able to tell the difference from what you learn out on the range and from these people. Spend the money now so you don't spend even more later.

"Amazing things can happen when preparation meet opportunity" Richard Schatz

"The will to win, compares little with the will to prepare to win" Donovan Moran

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Unread 10-13-2008, 12:25 PM
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Re: looking to build a gun

Heres what I would..and plan on..doing

Savage action from used donor rifle: $300 max

Stockade Stock: +/- $350

SSS Recoil Lug and trigger $130

Pac-Nor Select Match Barrel +/- $400

Add an EGW 20MOA base, Burris XTR Rings and A Luepold VX-III with M1 knobs or Mk4 or possibly one of the to be released next year Vortex Tactical models and spend the leftover cash on powder and bullets!
"My greatest fear is that after my demise my wife will sell my guns for the price I told her I paid for them"
-don't know where it came from...but true
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Unread 10-13-2008, 12:51 PM
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Re: looking to build a gun

First question is and it is very relevant----what is your top budget number for the rifle only? This will determine what the next steps are with respect to components and even the smith.
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Unread 10-13-2008, 06:23 PM
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Re: looking to build a gun

im only looking to spend about 1000 on the rifle and im not sure about the scope and i dont know if that is even possible to do
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