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Old 10-08-2011, 06:18 PM
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Re: Why are custom rifles so Pricey??

buy a used Savage or Remington at the gun shop or pawn shop, blueprint action, re-barrel, restock, new trigger, bed the action, get good bases and rings.

$1200-1500.
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:41 PM
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buy a used Savage or Remington at the gun shop or pawn shop, blueprint action, re-barrel, restock, new trigger, bed the action, get good bases and rings.

$1200-1500.
I think I need to get a new calculator.

Good used 700 rifle $450
Accurize action $550
Re-barrel $700
Re-stock $500
New trigger $250
Bed the action $300
Good bases & Rings $150

Total $2900
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:49 PM
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I think I need to get a new calculator.

Good used 700 rifle $450
Accurize action $550
Re-barrel $700
Re-stock $500
New trigger $250
Bed the action $125
Good bases & Rings $150

Total $2900
pawn shop rifle Rem ADL - 300
Blueprint action - 150 - MCR
barrel $550 including install - MCR
New trigger - $75 - gunbroker
Bed action - 125 - MCR
Bases and rings - 100 ebay
stock - 225 - ebay

perhaps you should keep the calculator and find a new gunsmith

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Old 10-08-2011, 08:44 PM
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pawn shop rifle Rem ADL - 300
Blueprint action - 150 - MCR
barrel $550 including install - MCR
New trigger - $75 - gunbroker
Bed action - 125 - MCR
Bases and rings - 100 ebay
stock - 225 - ebay

perhaps you should keep the calculator and find a new gunsmith

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A different gunsmith wouldn't change much. You can always save a few bucks if you are willing to spend the time and effort to shop classifieds or places like ebay but you usually end up buying something that wasn't exactly what you wanted. I wouldn't be happy with that combination.

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Old 10-08-2011, 11:37 PM
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Re: Why are custom rifles so Pricey??

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I think I need to get a new calculator.

Good used 700 rifle $450
Accurize action $550
Re-barrel $700
Re-stock $500
New trigger $250
Bed the action $300
Good bases & Rings $150

Total $2900
Edd. A good Remington action and a new stock plus a quality barrel and the smithing that you want
should cost $1800.00 to $2,000.00 Max.

Then add your optics and bases.

I just built a rifle (For myself because the labor is cheep)with everything you have listed and total
cost Including dies and reamer fell just under $1000.00 dollars.with that, if you estimate the labor
you can see that they can be built at a very reasonable price considering what you get.

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Old 10-08-2011, 11:57 PM
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A different gunsmith wouldn't change much. You can always save a few bucks if you are willing to spend the time and effort to shop classifieds or places like ebay but you usually end up buying something that wasn't exactly what you wanted. I wouldn't be happy with that combination.
I would not pay anyone $300 to bed an action and $350 to blueprint it.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:03 AM
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Re: Why are custom rifles so Pricey??

It depends....on one's definition of "custom".

If a donor factory action is to be considered it must by fully trued including lugs. Not much difference in overall cost than a "custom" action.

I have a 'custom' built on a Rem action and one built on a Bat action. The Bat actioned rig is "more" custom than the one with the Rem.

From owning an attempting to use a lathe, I have learned a bit about how much consistency and a thou is worth. The closer the tolerance the increased skill, patience, feel and discipline are needed. That's where the worth is!

I have "screwed" several rifles together as I consider that I am by no means a "fitter". From the "fit and finish" as is expected and achieved by any smith on this forum I consider my DIY projects "screwed" together.

My DIY rigs will shoot along with my custom rigs for a little while and for the "most part" after tons of tuning, fiddling and shooting.

The one fully, Bat action, custom rig, the process is simply use the load the smith tested it with, cartridge dimensions the smith used (got some loaded rounds with mine), load sight-in during break-in, develop drop chart and start harvesting stuff.

The seemingly extra bucks actually balance out in your favor over the long haul....

Keep in mind "there ain't no free lunch"
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