Average cost of custom 338 Lapua?

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  1. ndbwhunter

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    I am contemplating whether or not I should build a custom 338 Lapua. I would like to get an idea of the cost (without optics) of all the major components as well as the average cost of the smith work. I'm not looking for anything extremely fancy, just a good quality hunting rifle with exceptional long range accuracy. I am also open to suggestions with regards to the proper action...Mark 5, Rem 700, ect. Thanks for your input!
     
  2. liltank

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    Savage Target action Sporter LA=$400
    Aftermarket Barrel+chambering (subject to length, taper, chromoly or SS)=$350-$550
    Stock=$180(choate)- $675 (McMillian A5, PDC, Manners T4) Bell & Carlson, McMillian, Choate, and H-S Precision have stocks with various pricing.

    My cousin built a 338 Lapua on a Single Shot Savage Target Action that shoots very well. His total build cost was around $1400. He needed to have some custom machining done to his Choate Super Sniper to handle the Target Action. It's my opinion that the Savage action is the most affordable action requiring the least amount of work necessary to be accurate. Most other actions require machining after purchase to make sure everything is squared and true.

    Yes the short action will work. It just has to be shot as a single shot. It will eject fired casings fine. You do have to pull the bolt to eject a loaded round.

    Tank
     

  3. BountyHunter

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    Here is a list of average components cost. You can go way above if you want.

    Custom action $1000-1400 (Stiller, Defiance, BAT, etc)

    Barrel 1.350 at 28-32" $500 (Hart, Bartlein, Brux, Krieger)

    Trigger (Basix to Jewell) $125-225

    40 MOA Base $100-150

    Rings $80-150

    Muzzlebrake installed $200-250 Holland Radial is very good for the money in particular.

    Chambering $185-$400

    Bedding $200

    Stock $500-1000 (McM, Russo, Manners)

    Misc $200-300 (ltrigger guard, recoil lug, sling studs, flush cups, recoil pad? etc)

    Bottom metal & magazine $250-400, (IMO for hunting waste of money)


    Bottom line lower end is right at $3000 with no scope, brass or dies to tops of whatever the smith thinks he can get in some cases and they are real proud of their when you break it out like this. They will not give it broken out, rather "package price" which is rarely cheaper. That is also assuming not an improved version with custom dies that will be $200-400

    You have two options to minimize costs.

    1. Watch here and Snipers Hide for good used 338. Lot of them available.

    2. Start assembling parts as you can find them. Be careful of the barrel specs as you will want a min of 1.250 IF not more on the shank. If using a custom action 1.350 straight for 5 inches to allow one setback. Min length of 28 to max of probably 32.

    IMO custom action is the ONLY way to go. No work, usually readily available. Stiller and Defiance right now two of the best for delivery and money.

    BH
     
  4. angus-5024

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    If you want to go custom go custom all the way with BountyHunters advice. Custom action (unless you have a Mark 5 kickin around) is the way to go with the lapua. You can get very similar results from an RUM or an edge and they work good on the Rem 700 and Savage actions. LilTank had some good advice on the Savage but I would go to an edge or RUM if your on a budget instead of the Lapua. I have a RUM on a 700 and love it.
     
  5. Sendero_Man

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  6. tradbowhunter

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    If you are in the hunt for a 338 lapua, i have one with less than 50 rounds down the tube that i would sell with rings, brass, and dies and 150 bullets. PM me if you want more info....Thanks...Pat
     
  7. Chas1

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    Not including optics I'm into one right now for about $5300 and both Joel and Kirby itemized there quote. I agree with others...a custom action is the way to go.
     
  8. Sendero_Man

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    $2500.00 for mine.

    and he put a lot of extras in with it.

    sold off my balck rifles to buy this. :)
     
  9. speedkills

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    Trying to not steer off the subject I was contemplating buying the Armalite AR-30 at 1,800 ish $!
    They claim they shoot good but I don't really know much more.
     
  10. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    You did good!

     
  11. jcvibby

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    Here is what I did.

    Stiller Tac 338-$950
    20 MOA rail and 30 MM rings-$200
    Manners Stock-$550
    Custom Benchmark Barrel with deep flutes-$400
    Muzzle brake-$100
    Seekins bottom metal with one extra mag-$400

    Total-$2700

    Add a little for all the smith work ( $400) and it comes out to a little over $3000 but I have exactly what I want.

    I would only go with a custom action for a 338 lapua build. More bang for your buck there. Good luck
     
  12. angus-5024

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    Senduro Man- Wowzers! thats a fine rig for $2500! Dang! even if it had a shot out barrel it would be a good deal.

    Chas1- is yours done yet? pics if it is!
     
  13. Sendero_Man

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    yup.... that is why I jumped on it ! laffin'

    it stacks them on top of each other.... really happy and would highly recommmend a Rock barrel !!
     
  14. Chas1

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    Sendaro_man, nice looking rig. What's the barrel contour and length?