Is this an expensive build?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Tikkamike, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    I have a 338 lapua being build right now and its almost done so im just wondering about what to expect it to cost? here is a list if whats being done

    donor rifle is a 700 sps matte finish which has to be taken apart.
    action needs trued
    i bought a bolt from PT&G that needs assembled
    action needed opened up to make a repeater for the lapua round
    ejection port may need to be lengthened slightly. and extended centerfeed magazine box beeds tweaked for proper feeding.
    chamber needs cut
    throat is cut to my specified length.
    brake needs installed and reamed up to size and timed
    Action installed into greybull precision stock and probably skim bedded.

    I supplied all the parts all i am paying for is the work. what should I expect to pay for all this work? I am guessing about a grand....
  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004

    Shudda asked first. Most smiths have going rates for each of the processes.

    $1k may be a bit steep......dunno

  3. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    yeah i probably should have he is a friend of mine and my dads. and my business does business with his other business in the oil/natural gas field. I didnt really think about cost i just know they do good work so thats my main concern. i just started wondering today what it might cost and realized I had never asked. Seems like quite a bit of work though. Just wondering what the smiths on here would quote on a build like that.
  4. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007
    Action truing can run from $200-400 plus depending on what they consider truing. Normally means recutting the threads also.

    IMO I would not worry about making it a repeater especially in the 700. Most consider the 700 marginal at best for the Lapua. I would not weaken it any more.

    Weld and time the bolt $60-100 or so depending. Hope he does not silver solder only.

    Chambering for $175-400 again depending on the smith.

    Muzzle brake installed and crown If you supply the brake is $100 or so.

    as you did not mention, what bottom metal are you using and did you supply. There will be work there to fit and maybe mill again.

    Bedding $100-250 depending on skim or pillars. I would certainly pillar any 338 lapua.

  5. Kevin Cram

    Kevin Cram <b>SPONSOR</b>

    Mar 9, 2004
    For everything you have listed I would charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $750.
  6. C.E.G2860

    C.E.G2860 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Why don't you call the smith that's making it and ask him? That would probably ease your mind better.