About time!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by BenY 2013, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Here finally is my "budget build" been drug out way too long! I upgraded the stock with bondo, bedded it with JB weld. Krylon sponge paint job which I think turned out pretty well!

    Current:
    Stevens 200 .308
    WOTAC 4-14x50
    TPS TSR Low Rings
    Weaver 20 moa rail
    Caldwell Bipod

    Future:
    New Barrel and Muzzle Break. Any opinions of E.R. Shaw?
    New bolt handle and fluted bolt.
    New SSS trigger
    New stock...choate or maybe step up to XLR or McCree chasis:D

    Here she is!

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  2. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Looks good. How's she shoot? Don't know much about E.R. Shaw, but SIN Arms sells Lothar Walther barrels at $275 a pop. They are already threaded to fit Savage/Stevens actions. I have a Lothar Barrel and it is amazingly accurate. I highly suggest going that route. They use a 550 SS vs. the 416 SS used in the US. It is stronger steel. Another option would be the Shilen's offered, but I don't think I will buy anything but Lothar. Mine is also a .308.

    If you go choate, I would suggest the tactical stock, not the Ultimate Sniper. I use a B&C Medalist A2 w/ a Karsten cheek rest. It is an awesome set up. I have the Stockade lift kit, and 5/8" handle. You may want to look into a Stockade Stock. He has a 3 different levels of completion. You purchase the money saver and finish the stock yourself. Judging from what you did, I would go that route because I think your stock looks awesome. He has options that you can purchase such as adjustable cheek rests, length of pull, and adjustable butt plate. I'm definitely going to purchase one of his stocks next go round. My cousin has one of the varmint/tactical stocks. He bought the money saver. It required very little finishing work.

    Pacific Tool & Gage make a nice fluted bolt for Savages. They are good people to deal with. I would suggest that route for your bolt. They also offer a bolt face lapping tool. I bought one. The workmanship is very good. I plan to tear down the rifle this winter and give it a good once over and lap the bolt face.

    For a trigger I would look at the Rifle Basix trigger. They have good reviews for installation and adjustment. I've heard SSS triggers are good, but good luck getting a hold of them to place an order. Hope this covers everything.

    Tank
     
  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Very good job, came out nice. I think Tank covered it well, the PTG bolt is the way to go as you can have it ground a little larger and fluted for the same money as getting a bolt cut. Stockade is the way to go, IMO or Stocky Stocks Hart laminate.
    Keep it up!
     
  4. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Wow thank you for the great reply! I had only condsidered E.R. Shaw because they have a 20in barrel that is already pre-threaded for a muzzle break on midway for $140. But there is an older gentleman where I live with a lathe that I would trust to thread a new barrel. He does very nice work! Also on the stock If I go with Choate I would get the Tactical. I do not like the "ultimate sniper". I have looked into stockade and was curious about the "filling and primer" never done any of that, but would love to try it! Also trying to keep this as low budget as possible but may take more time and save up! Thanks
     
  5. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Skim coating the money saver will be very easy. There is very little work that is going to need to be done. If you have sand paper and time, it will turn out nice.

    Tank
     
  6. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks liltank I think my 1st upgrade will be a new barrel. But am seriously considering a Stockade Prairie Dog/Tactical money saver for a new stock! I really like this one!
     
  7. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Its a very nice stock and bedded very well. I think you'll be quite happy with it.

    Tank
     
  8. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Ok thank you! wish I had the funds to go ahead and order it and a new barrel, oh well this stock will work for now but will get the barrel very soon I hope!gun)
     
  9. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Go here and give him a call: Welcome to Sin Arms

    He is one of our own here on the sight. He has a pretty good caliber in the 338SIN from what I here.

    Tank
     
  10. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    COngrats on prob what is the nicest Stevens 200 I've ever seen on here. Good job. Good luck with it.
     
  11. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Wow thank you very much! I was really pleased at how the stock turned out! It was also very simple to do!

    Also hoping to add a DIY adjustable cheek piece, just to make the stock more useable until I can afford the new stock!
     
  12. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Get a Karsten. $68 delivered and you can install it your self. I have done a DIY cheek rest. It worked okay, but the Karsten is much nicer and adjustable.

    Tank
     
  13. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    I would love to get one of these and may very well in the fututre...but I am 16 and hopefully going to buy my 1st truck very soon so I am sort of "strapped for cash"....limited to saving up and B-days or Christmas! But was planning on building one out of plexi-glass or kydex and have access to the tools to finish it very professionally (skill though not sure):rolleyes:. Thank you very much for your help as it is very much appreciated!
     
  14. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure you've found them but usually you can score some smallish pieces of Kydex from Ebay, warm it up and form it, you can find knobs and stainless steel bolts in the blue bins at the hardware store if you know what I'm talking about. Bet you could work it all out for 20 bucks or less!