First rifle build

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by duckaholic25, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. duckaholic25

    duckaholic25 Active Member

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    Looking to build my first rifle, and need some advice. I have been looking at actions like crazy for the past few days and I dont know if I can bring myself to spend that much money on a custom action. My question is would it be worth building a rifle on a factory action, and which one.
     
  2. tinkerer

    tinkerer Well-Known Member

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    Well, you can spend big money on a custom action, but I like Savage actions, from a good ol Model 12 for SS with a magazine and accutrigger in a short action, to a Target Action for large shank barrels. Or even 112 for long actions.

    And lots of aftermarket parts, from good barrels from McGowan and Shilen or even Brux, to machined recoil lugs, and triggers from SSS.

    And lots of stocks.

    So, for the price of an action alone you can get it all.

    Just an idea.

    Larry
    Tinkerer
     

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    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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  4. duckaholic25

    duckaholic25 Active Member

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    Feenix that is a sweet looking rifle, how does it shoot.
     
  5. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

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    Another option is to use a Rem 700 and have it blueprinted. If you already have the donor action, the blue printing usually runs about $200-250, so you can still come out a lot cheaper than a custom action.
     
  6. duckaholic25

    duckaholic25 Active Member

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    What does having an action "blueprinted" mean. Is it the same thing as trued?
     
  7. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

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    Yes it is the same as trued. I just had a donor action trued for my newest rifle.
     
  8. sundance1972

    sundance1972 Well-Known Member

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    I used a Savage 111 for my 338-06 AI build. 26" McGowan barrel, Timney trigger, Talley rings, and am just waiting for the custom laminate stock to be finished. Grand total (so far, haven't decided on a scope yet) is about $1000 including the donor rifle.
    Bought another 111 in 300 Win Mag for a second build, but not sure if I want to pull it apart as it will put 5 shots in 1" at 200 yards.
     
  9. snowpro440

    snowpro440 Well-Known Member

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    Are we talking a hunting rifle or a benchrest shooter ? If its gonna be a hunting rifle then no, unless you feel you have alot of extra cash lying around. A Savage factory action trued up would be very good to build upon.What caliber were you thinking ?