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Why are custom rifles so Pricey??

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Unread 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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    Re: Why are custom rifles so Pricey??

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Re: Why are custom rifles so Pricey??

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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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    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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