First LR rig

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by thecanadian160, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. thecanadian160

    thecanadian160 New Member

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    I have decided that’s it is time to build a dedicated long range rig. I am now having a hard time deciding on some of the components. I am going to be building this on a Savage action. Now, here is where I am having trouble deciding. Since the gun will be chambered to 338 Edge, I want to go with a 30'' barrel. 4D Reamer rental has Criterion and McGowen and offer almost any taper I want and can even throat the chamber long. The other choice is to go with Shilen and am limited to standard savage contours, but I have heard that Shilen is top notch. Which one do I go with? Since this gun will primarily be used for target practice with the possibility of hunting in the future, I was thinking a #7 contour?
    The other decision I am having troubles with is the stock. I like the McMillan tactical stocks but I am having a hard time choosing which one. I am gravitating toward the A-5 or A-2, what are the pro's and con's of both? I really liked the A-3 sporter but I would be limited to a #5 contour.

     
  2. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    You can choose any barrel you want and have a good smith chamber thread and crown. Brux produces great products.
     

  3. thecanadian160

    thecanadian160 New Member

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    Yes but then the cost goes up significantly. I want to stay under 400.00 for the barrel.
     
  4. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    the barrel is one of the most important parts.
     
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    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    Then you are looking at a pre-fit barrel. IMHO, I would take the McMillan off the list and substitute something like a B&C or Stockade stock and spend the extra money on the barrel. If you don't have the ability to do the machine work yourself plan on spending $600.00 - $650.00 minimum on the barrel.

    Like I said just my humble opinion !

    Bob
     
  6. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    For ~$650 Pac-nor can thread/chamber their barrel ($282-$332 for 30") and true your action ($300) ...

    https://www.secure-crt.com/pac-nor.com/orderform.html

    Good luck!

    Ed
     
  7. thecanadian160

    thecanadian160 New Member

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    I agree that the barrel is one of the most important components in a gun build. That being said, if money were no option I would go with a Hart barrel like I have on my hunting rifle, very accurate. However, with my funds being what they currently are, I dont see spending $800.00 on a barrel that will only last me 2 years. So my original question stands, should I go with the McGowen, Shilen, or Criterion barrel?
     
  8. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    Of the choices listed I would go with a Shilen but I think you need to do some more shopping. There are more barrel makers that do Savage prefits. I would look at Benchmark or Brux. Kevin at Stockade Guns deals with Benchmark and Fred at SSS deals with Brux. I would choose either of them over your listed barrels.
     
  9. thecanadian160

    thecanadian160 New Member

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    I will check with them, thanks!
     
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