Making a Rifle

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by ouzts, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. ouzts

    ouzts Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    I have been reading alot about stocks, barrels, scopes etc and is it possible to buy a stock, trigger, barrel etc and make a gun piece by piece?

    Any thoughts on a Ruger KM77VT in 300win mag?

  2. Forester

    Forester Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2008

  3. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

    Sep 8, 2008
    Yes its possible, I have built several. When I lived in Alaska I bought about 7 Win M-70 actions from a guy. Most I turned into target rifles (300 WM 1000 yard rifles or a replica of a Vietnam era Mod 70 Sniper Rifle in 30-06. But target rifles are a bit differant so I'll mention my wifes 243.

    I used the standard action, douglas barrel from Brownells, a light taper so she can carry it, cut to 22 inches. Lot of people like fiberglass stocks, I don't I like wood stocks. So people take their rifles to gunsmiths and have them re-stocked, so you can get new factory wood stocks fairly reasonable. Taking into account I had the machinery and already had the reamer & HS Gages, and blueing tanks, I think I have less then $100 bucks in this gun, most of that is the barrel.

    The main reason I like building the rifles, is I like to build the rifle around the bullet and the purpose I want to shoot, instead of taking a rifle and trying to make do.

    You can get 98 Mauser actions pretty cheap, and they make excellant rifles. You can get pre-chambered mauser barrels from Midway and Brownells, (you do have to do a final chamber fit for your gun). You can get Fiberglass or Wood stocks pretty reasonable. Last nights Guns and Ammo show, they had a gun tip from Midway on final chamber fit. Its not that hard if you use care. Not only can you make a very nice rifle cheap, ITS YOUR RIFLE, YOU BUILT IT.

    I know this is a simplfied answer and no doubt we're gonna get flooded with post saying I'm full of poop, I'll wait tell they come and I'll respond.

    I'm just a firm believer that one can do anything if he/she wants too and puts their mind to it.
  4. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2007
  5. 406pat

    406pat Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2008
    It's definitely possible. For a first build, I'd look at a Savage or Stevens action. The way they are designed you can headspace a threaded and chambered barrel without a reamer, eliminating a significant investment of time and equipment. Most barrel manufacturers offer Savage barrels in various cost and quality barrels. Great way to start out and they are more than capable of acceptable accuracy.

    -Good Luck!