Originally Posted by hound_hunter
So this is what I've gathered so far. To customize a rifle you literally find a "barrel maker" (not sure on terminology yet) that builds barrels you like, find someone who makes a bolt, trigger, action you like, find a stock you like, and find a gunsmith that you like to put it all together and hand you a finished product? Is this how most people do it? How do you know the good makers and gunsmiths from the bad? How do I know who's barrel and action I would prefer over someone elses if there's no opportunity to test everones different setup out? I'm just trying to get the hang of everything.
I've been thinking very seriously of getting a 700 XCR Tactical Long Range in .308 and having it setup and ready for me for next time I'm home.
Centerfire Rifle - Model 700 XCR Tactical Long Range - Remington Centerfire Rifles
If I were to do that (which I'll probably get that regardless if I fully customize one for me or not) could I take that and customize it more? If so what kinds of things would/could you do to a rifle that's already built? would there be any need to make adjustments to a rifle like this or would that be a stupid idea all together? Just curious, but would there be a way to keep that stock (or one that looked and was just like it, only custom with the stuff I'm about to say) but somehow have an adjustable cheek piece put in/on it. And possibly an adjustable butt-stock. Would any of you recommend making those changes or recommend not making those changes?
If you haven't realized now, basically treat me like the inexperienced fool I am, dummy everything down, and teach me everything. haha. I've read a lot on this forum and feel like I have learned a ton, I'm trying to get the hang of this all. I'm an avid hunter and would love to get into the long range game without just getting used to holding 4 feet over an animal at such and such a distance. I'd love to bring my groups in at the range too and build that confidence. Having a rifle that I know will perform flawlessly with every shot would sure help me to just focus hard on what I do and live up to my rifle's standards.
Thanks to all in advance!
That's a lot of questions but they can be answered.
First I would locate to or three Gun Smith's In your general area and talk to each one about
building your rifle. This will tell you which one you won't to use based on how interested he
is and how willing he is to help you decide what "YOU" need and not just sell you a rifle.
Things you will need to know befor you talk to the smith;
Intended use, approximate weight that you would like, Type of barrel material (Stainless or
chrome Molly), Style of action and material best suited for your use, and type of stock(Composite,
Laminate or standard walnut). This will get you started with the smith and if you find the right
one he can guide you in the right direction To get the most bang for your buck.
The other method of buying a rifle that is complete is to buy one that can be Customized if it
does not perform to your satisfaction. (Like triggers,stocks and even custom barrels).
Choosing the first Custom rifle
is like walking through a minefield, If you are given good advice
and if the smith has your best interest at heart it will be a cake walk but if not it can be a nightmare.
Read as many post as you can and look at all of the rifle builds you can on this site and you
will have a better idea of what you want befor talking to the smith's.
Take your time and develop a plan and stick to it and it will be a great experience.
J E CUSTOM