Need a Smith to build a SAAMI 280AI

Discussion in 'Sold/Expired' started by Bob Wright, Jun 30, 2019.


Help Support Long Range Hunting by donating:


Tags:
  1. Bob Wright

    Bob Wright Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    283
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    "Need recommendations on a Smith to put together a SAAMI spec 280AI."

    I have chosen a custom builder. Thanks for all the advice and time giving me great info and leads. Tough decision with all the talented people across 'Merica.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
  2. HuntFarther

    HuntFarther Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    637
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2012
    I have built quite a few 280 ai. I have a new reamer here. Just let me know what you need. Jason 4064916109
     
    Bob Wright likes this.
  3. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,357
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2013
    Axisworks in Tempe built my .280AI. It is a tack driver. They are currently building my 4th Axisworks rifle.

    Phoenix Custom Rifles has also built me 4 rifles. Every single one has been ridiculously accurate as well.
     
    Bob Wright likes this.
  4. Zhomeguy

    Zhomeguy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    579
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2010
    West Texas Ordnance
     
    dok7mm and Bob Wright like this.
  5. dixiemagnum80

    dixiemagnum80 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    272
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2013
    Kyle Craig of Craig’s Custom Rifles in Tucson builds a really nice rifle for the money. He built my buddy a 7mm Rem Mag and it’s a tack driver. My next build will be from him....
     
    Bob Wright likes this.
  6. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Messages:
    1,654
    Joined:
    May 10, 2017
    Get with B. Stevens at Steven's Accuracy in Kentucky! Ask the Big Time BR shooters
    about his rifles! I'm thinking very hard about getting him to build me a 6.5 X 47 Lapua
    to just fool with..Check this list..He's on there! (Super Shoot Winner. Smith for B. Sauter.)
    https://www.6mmbr.com/gunsmiths.html
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
    Bob Wright likes this.
  7. mtp29464

    mtp29464 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    192
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Seth Menold at Zeffers Weaponry in Pennsylvania has built 2 rifles in 280AI for me. The last one was a sporter. Shoots a cloverleaf at 100 yards with 160 grain Nolser's. He has done about 6 rifles for me and turns projects around in weeks instead of months.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
    Bob Wright likes this.
  8. jayjay24

    jayjay24 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    216
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2015
    PM sent
     
  9. Amf247

    Amf247 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    143
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2017
    Try Adam Busse at GunWare LLC. My buddy supplied them a Cooper Action and got himself a killer 280AI with a proof cf. It’s a *Rule 4 Violation* hammer.
    Sounds like you have your parts but Adam stocks a TON of components so wait times are much less than others. Try him online at GunWare.net.
    He also frequently travels to Texas and further west for field matches, hunting and his customers. He has an excellent reputation for building exceptional rifles.
     
    Bob Wright likes this.
  10. Frog4aday

    Frog4aday Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    772
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Lot's of options for you, with several in AZ (always nice if you can drop the rifle off in person and talk to the gunsmith face-to-face.)
    But on the off chance you are still looking, one of the best gunsmiths I've ever dealt with is CHARLEY ROBERTSON at SCORE-HIGH in Albuquerque, NM. Rem 700s are his specialty, though he'll work on most rifles. What I like about him is he is so meticulous and has this inner compulsion to 'do it right'. He just can't let it go out the door if it isn't perfect. I like that!
    Score High Gunsmithing
    9812-A Cochiti Rd. SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87123
    Ph# 505-292-5532 or 800-326-5632

    From their website:
    "By far the quickest and easiest way to get information from us or to order products is to call us toll free at (800) 326-5632. We are available weekdays during regular business hours. We can also be reached by e-mail at [email protected]. If you are interested in building a particular rifle, e-mail me the details of what you would like and include your name and a postal address or fax number. I will put together an estimate and mail it to you as an Adobe pdf file."
     
    Bob Wright likes this.
  11. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,485
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2015
    I have used Charlie @ ScoreHigh several times with great results, and Clayton @ WTO is building my 4th.

    Charlie will make a sweet 700 and Clayton has built a bunch of 280a.i. & 6.5-280s.
     
    Frog4aday and Bob Wright like this.
  12. Beaver10

    Beaver10 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    308
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2018
    Alamo Precision Rifles (APR) if you want an excellent build at a reasonable price. Turn around for a full custom is usually 7-8 months. They’ve built me 4 rigs. All shoot knots and show their attention to detail in every aspect.

    Scott Weichel @ Live Oaks will build you a precision instrument that is PRS Comp ready aside from you seeking a 280AI. Scott’s just that good of a builder. Turnaround will be slower due to him being a small shop and his fanatical attention to all things required in alignment and geometry to hand you a rig that will blow your mind in accuracy coupled with beauty.

    I should have my 7WSM within a couple weeks from Scott.
     
    Bob Wright likes this.
  13. Bob Wright

    Bob Wright Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    283
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    Share when you get your load developed. This sounds great.
     
  14. Forcedoutage

    Forcedoutage Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    135
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2018
    Kevin Cram MCR built mine. Nothing at all I can complain about.
     
    Bob Wright likes this.