I've been contemplating building a rifle for several years now and it appears that the time has actually come to make it happen. I'm pretty tight on money and a good portion of the parts are going to be outsourced to family members for holiday and birthday gifts. I can't justify spending any more than $500 upfront plus what I say I want for christmas (1 gift from everyone ~$300 max), plus my birthday in march (~$200 value) so $1000 total without scope. I feel that it is crucial that I mention the fact that I am not a 12 year old, I am in fact an 18 year old college student. Any advice is greatly appreciated and recommendations for alternate suppliers/methods/calibers would also be great.
My family owns a 7mm rem mag that I use for deer and a 22-250 that I use for PDs but I was looking to build a gun that splits the line in between for knockdown power, ammo cost, and recoil, but accuracy that is better than both. I've done a good amount of research into calibers and I like the looks of the 25-06 cartridge since it is a little bit stronger than a .243 with very manageable recoil and reloading costs. Naturally research is trumped by experience so I am still up for suggestions.
For an action I was looking at the Savage target actions since they are affordable, stainless, comes with a decent trigger, and from what I understand is well respected for entry level and also easy to install barrels on for a novice without a professional gunsmith's assistance. Although sourcing this action seems to be a little difficult, older auctions show them sold for $350 while few stores sell them and they are $500+. I've called a few local shops to see if they can get it for somewhere in between.
Barrel I am not quite sure about for a manufacture. Is there a barrel maker that offers significantly more "bang for your buck"? I'm looking for a 1" Diameter straight cylinder barrel 28"-30" long. I don't know much about how the number of grooves effects trajectory, so is there anything better that a 5 groove 1:10" if I reload my own ammunition? PAC-NOR looks like about $400 for a 28" barrel prefit to choice caliber. Although I'm confused whether or not "prefitting" includes threading to choice action of if that is extra. Threading is not mentioned separately while the only other option is "fit to your action" which requires you ship them the action.
For the stock I was looking to do something really unique, that is if the price range is viable. Otherwise a cheap stock until I raise my funds up a bit. For the long term goal I was considering having a custom stock made. I've looked at a few rifles sporting Joel Russo custom thumbhole stocks and really like the looks of them. I also happen to have a large supply of antique black walnut planks that were cut off of my families property long before my time. I think most of the planks are rough cut 2" thick and 10' long with width between 6-12". Worst case laminate 2-3 planks together, maybe with another lighter hardwood in between for a nice laminated effect. Now if that doesn't create a family heirloom I don't know what does. Any ballpark prices on that sorta custom stock with wood supplied by customer?
I'll keep an eye out for optics... Got awhile to think about that one
Thanks for the help,