Custom Rifle Labor Costs

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by kfrye, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. kfrye

    kfrye Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    I'm thinking of upgrading from my M700 to one of the 700 variants that are pretty much ready to go, but was wondering what the average cost would be minus parts to barrel the action, fit a break, install the trigger, and then fit/bed (possibly pillar bed) into an action.
  2. novaman64

    novaman64 Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Call around, every smith is different, the one I am using charges $180 to blueprint the action, $250 to install a barrel (chamber, crown, thread, headspace), $120 to bed the stock and I believe $80 to do a trigger job... I am guessing fitting a break would depend on if the brake needed to be timed or not...

    You can save your self some money buy doing some of the stuff yourself though, like you can bed the stock yourself and install a trigger yourself...

  3. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    If you click on some of the sponsors ads here I think a lot of them have their prices listed.
  4. MN Hunter

    MN Hunter Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Check out Center Shot Rifles. Jim has most of his rates posted. He has done work for me. The man is a perfectionist.
  5. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    The cost of labor for a good gunsmith is peanuts.

    $150 blueprint/square action I would rec. if installing a new barrel
    $185 chamber, thread, crown, engrave caliber, and install
    $135 pillar and bed the action
    $470 for labor

    muzzlebrake and installation $140
    Jewel trigger with installation $220
    Timney trigger with installation $125

    look at the equipment, consumable supplies, electricity, and knowledge that goes hand in hand with building a 1/2 moa rifle. Boy and I thought I was underpaid!!!

    Straight Shot Gunsmithing

    Last edited: Aug 17, 2009