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Old 03-25-2013, 06:29 PM
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Re: Want to build a quality LR rifle for under $1500?

Hey,

Howa sells barreled actions. You could probably find a 700 action too.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:19 PM
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Re: Want to build a quality LR rifle for under $1500?

I'm new to LRHing, but I thought I would throw my two cents into the pot. I just built a rifle that fit the OP's price, and is a pretty capable rifle. I know it's been a good place for me to start. I started with a Savage 111 Trophy Hunter XP 7mm Rem Mag. I picked it up for 500 bucks. The rifle comes with a jewelled bolt, an Acutrigger, and a some what decent stock with some work (the stock will be my next upgrade however). I then purchased a BlackHawk 0 Moa picatinny rail, and a set of BlackHawk 30mm rings. This set me back 110 bucks. I then purchased a Vortex Viper PST 2.5-10x44 EBR-1 MOA scope for 600 bucks. I threw a BlackHawk Bipod on to finish the rifle off for another 65 bucks. All in all I have 1275 in the rifle. This rilfe will shoot MOA all the way out to 600 yards with factory ammo. I haven't been able to shoot any further yet, but hope to do so soon. I have just got into reloading, and hope to work up a round that will get me sub moa hopefuly. But anyways, I love the rifle and have been very pleased with it so far. It's the perfect starting rifle for me and should teach me a lot. Here are a few pictures of the rifle and parts. It's no where near what a lot of you guys are shooting, but it should be a good tool for me to progress into the world of LRHing!





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Old 03-28-2013, 01:57 PM
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Re: Want to build a quality LR rifle for under $1500?

you can easily build a rifle for under that and it will shoot as good or better than any other gun out there. I have built 4 off of savage actions and Shilen and Mcgowen barrels. if .250 and .375 group sizes for a hunting rifle is not a good enough group then you can go a different direction. I am waiting on parts for another rifle build. 300 WSM to be exact. All of the rifles have been 1300 bucks and cheaper. in my opinion you can build one hell of a shooter this way and save the extra money you would spend to have a smith build one. no offense to the smiths out there. you all build fantastic rifles but some of us just cannot afford to buy those. If you are only looking to shoot at around 500 yards then maybe just buying a high quality Savage or Remington factory rifle might just be right up your alley.

The pictures from the above post are a prime example of what you can build. that is a nice looking rifle.

Just my opinion of coarse.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:03 PM
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Re: Want to build a quality LR rifle for under $1500?

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you can easily build a rifle for under that and it will shoot as good or better than any other gun out there. I have built 4 off of savage actions and Shilen and Mcgowen barrels. if .250 and .375 group sizes for a hunting rifle is not a good enough group then you can go a different direction. I am waiting on parts for another rifle build. 300 WSM to be exact. All of the rifles have been 1300 bucks and cheaper. in my opinion you can build one hell of a shooter this way and save the extra money you would spend to have a smith build one. no offense to the smiths out there. you all build fantastic rifles but some of us just cannot afford to buy those. If you are only looking to shoot at around 500 yards then maybe just buying a high quality Savage or Remington factory rifle might just be right up your alley.

The pictures from the above post are a prime example of what you can build. that is a nice looking rifle.

What do you think makes the best aftermarket barrel for the savage?
I noted you have the Shilen and Mcgowen.
Just my opinion of coarse.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:17 PM
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Re: Want to build a quality LR rifle for under $1500?

there are so many barrels out there but the prefits from Mcgowen and Shilen are very good. If I had to choose between the two I would go with Mcgowen just cause of the turn around time was a lot faster from them than Shilen. I waited 29 weeks for my shilen and the most I have waited was 10 weeks from Mcgowen. Boy do they shoot too. My 22 250 shoots bug holes with the Mcgowen and my buddies 300 RUM shoots darn near bug holes with his Mcgowen barrel. My 250 was set up to shoot 90 grain vlds out of it. Again I have had great success with both but would lean towards Mcgowen. I have not tried Pac Nor prefits yet but have heard good things about them also.
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