Building a rifle

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by arios, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. arios

    arios Member

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    I know this has been discussed before; but does anyone know if there is an action out there (custom or semi-custom) that's not $1000.00 or more? I want to build a rifle, just because I like to try everything once. I don't, however, want to build a $5000.00 dollar rifle. Since I don't have a lathe; my plan is to get an action and put a pre-fit barrel on it; such as a Pac-nor or Bergara. I am thinking Remington 700 or a clone.
    I've bedded/free-floated a few rifles, done some trigger work, and mounted plenty of scopes, now I want to put the whole thing together.
    Any input will be appreciated.
     

  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    It would be an absolute shame to to put a pre-threaded & chambered barrel on a custom action. Custom/semi-custom actions deserve custom threaded/chambered/crowned barrels. A pre-T,C,& C barrel is made to fit every action of the particular model it is made for. I don't believe they are ever as accurate as a true custom. But, if that's what you want to do,, I don't usually give this advice,, buy a Savage. Then, you're not really "building" a rifle, you're just assembling one. JMO
     

  3. strombeckj

    strombeckj Well-Known Member

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    +1 Shortgrass. I would find the action, Savage or Rem and sent it off to Pacnor and have them fit it the barrel, they will do a little work to square it up and it is cheaper then having most smiths do it. Most end up with a rifle that can shot MOLG (minute of large game) when it is all said and finished. Good luck!

    IMO,

    Jon
     
  4. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Savage or a Remington, but remington prefits are long chambered and require milling the shoulder as much as .020" unless you use a remage barrel nut from northland shooters supply. I do all of my savages myself, my leftover parts savage that I plink with shoots .2-.4moa so it doesn't make it any less accurate unless the machinist that cuts your chamber doesn't know what they are doing, and you can get the headspace correct.
     
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    KRP Well-Known Member

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    The new Shilen actions are <$1000 and come with a barrel nut so you can use drop in barrels.
     
  7. arios

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    Yes, it would just be "assembling" a rifle with a pre-fitted barrel, but I already did a barreled action with a Howa. Just trying to make it a little more involved.
    Thanks for all the input.
     
  8. WildRose

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    Pick up a cheap junker 700bdl at a pawn shop or gun show.

    Send it to Kreiger to have them fit you a barrel to it. They'll true the action as part of the process if you ask them to and do the whole job for under 800.00.
     
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  9. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    You can buy a new Savage dual port target action for around $500-600 which includes the Accu-Trigger. The trigger can always be replaced down the road if you're not a fan.

    This would be a great platform to start with if you don't have a lathe and want to build your own rifle.

    Or, you could look for a Savage repeater and figure on chunking the stock, barrel, etc..

    -- richard