Wanting to build a rifle questions.

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Ryeguy, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Ryeguy

    Ryeguy Active Member

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    Hello,
    This is my first post here. Not sure if I'm posting in the right place but here it goes.
    I'm wanting to build a long range lightweight hunting rifle. I have no idea about how to go about all this.
    Thinking of 300 RUM or a 338? Will be hunting big game. Elk, deer, and hopefully moose one day. Now question is would you guys recommend building complete custom? As in buying barrel,stock,action,trigger from different mfg. Or buy a gun I like and do a few upgrades? Or just buy some mfg. custom long range gun? I would be willing to spend around 4000 for the gun. Any ideas/ thoughts would be nice. All this will be new to me. Thanks guys!
     
  2. IdahoCTD

    IdahoCTD Well-Known Member

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    If you have that much to spend I'd probably do a custom action rifle built the way you want it. Here is a good magnum action:

    Stiller Action

    They also have stocks and barrels. Source the parts and then have someone put it together for you. It would be quicker if you already have the parts in hand.
     

  3. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    If you don't have a rifle to start with I suggest you buy a rifle already set up for LRH and later you can build one once you figure out what you like and don't like in a rifle. There are a lot of good rifle makers on this site and some in the classified section. Do you reload if not you will need to learn that also.:)
     
  4. Ryeguy

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    Yes I will be reloading. What complete rifle make would be recommended? Anyone shoot thompson long range rifles?
     
  5. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    I ordered a new MOA Evolution Extreme Rifle from Extremeouterlimitstv.com. Get it in two weeks but he has rifles ready to ship. I know Bob Beck personally and am anxious to get it.:)
     
  6. Ryeguy

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    Those look sweet. What's the long action vs short action? What caliber did you get?
     
  7. DM770

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    You said you were looking at a 338lm or a 300rum, I worry about your idea of light weight. Both of these rifles have large amounts of recoil. Not that it can not be done just an observation. In that price range you can get about any rifle. Time line is the real question as custom parts are running 6 months plus.
     
  8. ccsykes

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    I think it's a good idea to get up with some people near you who would be willing to let you shoot there guns and see what you like, don't like. We have had many people do this and have let them shoot up to about 20 different guns. Looking at platforms on the Internet is one thing and they may "look sweet, cool, or whatever" but until you feel it, shoot it or handle the gun, you just see the looks and not find out what specific features you like or dislike.

    Also, what is your experience level of shooting long range? As DM770 said, the calibers you mentioned in a lightweight platform are going to be real thumpers in the recoil department if you're just getting started in long range may be uncomfortable for a first longrange gun. The 7mm may be a more comfortable setup in a lightweight gun. This is something you could judge by getting a little trigger time behind several different rifles before you choose.
     
  9. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Mine is a 6.5X284. Long action means magnum caliber where short action is usually anything 3006 or smaller.:)
     
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  11. Ryeguy

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    I shoot a 300 mag now. Been hunting with it for over ten yrs. I have shot a 338 mag and a 300 RUM. The 300 rum is a custom christenson arms. Im not thinking something super lightweight just not a bench gun weight. Im in northern north dakota so not to many people have custom rigs around me. I was thinking about driving out to snowy mnt rifles in MT. And checking out some of their rifles. Anyone have one/info on their rifles? Thats a nice gun there doubleZ i will look into it thanks. Where in ND are you located?
     
  12. Doublezranch

    Doublezranch Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. I live in rural west fargo.
     
  13. WildRose

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    Long Range and light weight don't often meet.

    If you want a long range rig you want to start with a rig that finishes at least in the 9-12lbs range. Heavier is steadier, steadier is more consistent and consistency equals accuracy.

    The 300wm is more than enough rifle for any game in north America out to 1,000yds.

    The 300 Rum does everything the wm does it just does it about 300fps faster.

    As for actions, many years back an old gunsmith told me "The Model 70 is just a Mauser made right."

    Well the Snowy Mountain Rifles is just a model 70 made stouter and better.

    Beware of the affliction known as "Cannonitis". It causes people to spend ridiculous amounts of money on super magnum calibers they don't need, can't shoot well, and can't tolerate the recoil from. It's a pretty common affliction usually cured by a trip to the classifieds section here at LRH or over at Sniper's Hide.

    If you are thinking seriously about one of the super 338's then as someone suggested find someone that's got one they'll let you shoot a bit before making such a decision.

    You can easily spend four grand or more putting one together and then find yourself unable to more than 2,500.00 out of it when you decide to sell it because you don't enjoy shooting it.

    For what it's worth I own rifles in 223-375Ruger and every one of them has a job to do and I enjoy shooting them but for hunting North America there's no need at all for anything bigger than my 7mm STW or 300 WM except elk and big bears at over 1,000yds for which I have the 300 Rum.
     
  14. hawk4974

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    Isn't all of west Fargo rural?!?!?! Just Kidding Eh!!