If you are building a rifle on a milsurp action for the purpose of doing it on the cheap, you are most definitely barking up the wrong tree.
If you are doing so for the satisfaction of building a nice rifle for yourself, in a classic style, at a price competitive with an off the shelf Remington, then you are more likely to be satisfied with the end result.
I built both of my milsurp mausers for a little less than it would cost to buy a Remington CDL off the shelf. For that money, I assembled rifles with good barrels, good stocks, and good triggers. The locking lugs are lapped and the barrel has been mated squarely with the action. If you get any of those things from a factory rifle, you got lucky.
My personal skills are nowhere near the same level as the fine craftsmanship one can expect to find on a custom rifle
. However, my builds have features that are seldom found in factory rifles and, dollar-for-dollar, they will easily outperform most factory rifles.
Where custom rifles
are concerned, one of my builds costs about the same as a basic custom action. Will my personal builds outperform a custom rifle
? Unlikely. However, I am not doing anything with them that would justify 3x or 4x the money for groups that are .3 inches smaller @ 100 yards.
That level of performance, combined with the personal satisfaction that I derive from learning, building, and shooting make it worth every penny for me.
Whether or not someone else would consider it worthwhile is entirely subject to their own budget, expectations, and motivations.