Hey all, I would like to get my first semi-custom rifle going. I have always shot factory rifles. I recently started reloading and I am loving the sub MOA accuracy I have been getting which actually has been plenty enough for me hunting here in New York. One might ask, then why do i need a semi-custom rifle which might get 1/2MOA or better accuracy if I wont be shooting really long distances...the answer is simply...I like to tinker and I like the idea of my OWN custom rifle. That being said, I do not have 2000+ dollars to spend on a custom rifle right out the gate so what I was thinking is I would start with a factory action...savage, remington, browning whatever...and then build off of that. That way, I can add one piece at a time when i have the money...i.e. buy a new trigger this month, continue saving..then buy a barrel or stock...etc. First question is I was wondering if you all were going to go this route, which brand rifle action you would start with? For example, savage 110, remington 700, browning A-bolt/X-bolt...these would all be in their base model forms unless i could find just the action itself which here in NY is hard. Second question is would you buy the rifle NEW then build onto it knowing it is new and in good condition or do you buy used and hope it is in good condition? I can pick out corrosion and rust when I look at a rifle and check the rifling in the barrel but i honestly would have no idea what to look for in an action to tell if it was worth buying used or not. Third question, what order would you buy things after the rifle?...trigger 1st, stock 2nd, barrel 3rd...etc. Fourth question, which caliber? I will use this gun to hunt and most likely it would be strictly for deer with MAYBE a black bear(they come around from time to time but are pretty rare and we dont go looking for them, but if one showed up during deer season id take it). Distances will be no farther than 500 yards BUT if I get the chance to shoot it farther(hunting or on a bench) I MAY want to stretch it out in the future. There are no places to shoot farther than that right now, but who knows what the future brings.