Re: Stupid Question Alert - What exactly is "building your own rifle?"
In my case, I went to the local mine and bought a truckload of iron ore, brought it back to my shop and threw it in my Dewalt home smelter. Took the raw metal and, with the help of a hammer, grinder and a few other shop tools, forged a barrel and action. Aaaww I'm kidding.
It basiclly means you design your own rifle to meet your wants, needs and specific purpose. You decide which barrel (caliber, manufacturer, contour, rate of twist, fluting and material) you want, action type, trigger assembly, stock and scope. All of these decissions are based off what you want the gun for.
My last gun was built for my daughter to shoot from a blind for bear. I needed low recoil, (6mm Rem, she's about 95lbs), to shoot 95gr Bergers (1-10 twist heavy barrel), to be accurate (trued action, Timmney trigger, bedded action) and a scope with good low-light capabilities (Leupold).
This gun turned out perfect for her. It's not a longrange elk gun, a varmint gun and would be too heavy to carry on a long hike but it fits her need.
Sometimes you build a gun around a specific caliber because it's the latest and greatest (my 22CHeata) or because it just happened to blow your skirt up at the time.
You can sink as much as you want or keep it on a budget. Be forewarned, it's very satisfying and you'll never look at guns on the rack the same again.
As far as learning how to do it, just call any of the gunplumbers that advertise on this site and they can talk you through a gun at your budget. You can order all the componants and send them to a gunsmith or have the smith order and assemble them for you. I called Shawn Carlock and he talked me through a rifle build. He recomended some things and and talked me out of things he didn't think I'd needed or would appreciate. He even mounted my scope and tested my gun for me. It was a painless procedure.
There's a good idea of what a rifle build is.
Long Range Sickle
Last edited by LRSickle; 12-29-2010 at 05:47 PM.