Possible to DIY build a precision rifle?

Buck Fever

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Ever heard of .220 Russian?

That would work in your action, no problem. Not so much in an AR but I never want to mix my semi-auto brass with my bolt action brass.

I would still rather have a 6mm bullet too.

My 6.5 Creedmoor brass is SRP=bolt action, LRP=semi-auto.
 
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ntsqd

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yep, and .22 PPC too. Can you buy ammo for those over the counter from a common mfg like Rem/Hornady/Win/etc.? Yeah, I'm going to be reloading the Valkyrie, but I broke in the barrel using commercial ammo. Nice to be able to just buy the cases.....
 

Jeffpatton00

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I started this thread looking for info on building a precision bolt gun, having been more familiar with gas guns, and you guys really came through. I was surprised at the number of different brands being mentioned, so I collated the references so I can familiarize myself with each offering, and I'll list them here for info. I didn't edit, just listed, so some listings my be imprecise.

Actions:
Terminus Zeus
defiance tenacity
ARC Nucleus
Shilen DGR
Big Horn TL3 and Origin
ARC Archimedes long action
Tikka
R700 5r
Howa 1500
Bergara premier
Defiance
Kelbly
Impact Precision
Zermatt BigHorn SR3
Savage

Barrels:
Zeus prefit
Proof Research prefit SS or Carbon
McGowen
Shilen
Criterion
Area 419 prefit Bartlein
Satern
hart

Chassis:
MPA
MDT LSS
ARC Xylo
McRee
McMillan
Grayboe
KRG Bravo
XLR magnesium chassis
Luth-AR
Manners PRS2
A5
Bell and Carlson M40
AG Composites carbon fiber Visigoth
Stocky's

Triggers:
Bix-n-Andy
Triggertech Diamond, Rem 700
Timney Calvin elite

Bottom Metal:
Hawkins Precision M5 Oberndorf black
Wyatt’s 300 PRC extended magazine kit

Company websites:
Proof https://proofresearch.com/barrels/bolt-action/ Purchased at Stocky Stock’s received in 3 days.
BigHorn https://bighornarms.com/product/sr3-action/ Purchased direct
Wyatt’s https://wyattsoutdoor.com/product/long-action-prc-kit/ Purchased at Red Hawk Rifles
Trigger Tech https://triggertech.com/products/rem-700-special-trigger?variant=47305797644 Purchased direct
Hawkins Precision https://hawkinsprecision.com/our-products/bottom-metal/ Purchased at Red Hawk Rifles
APA https://www.americanprecisionarms.c...es/products/gen-2-little-bastard-muzzle-brake Purchased direct
Northland Shooter's Supply

Build process links:
 

Buck Fever

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There are lots more barrels to add to that list.

I have a Lothar Walther, an X-Caliber and a Savage take off. There is Bug Holes, PVA, even AR15Performance has made Savage prefits from time to time.

The Luth-AR is just a butt stock, not a chassis. I have an Indian Creek Design butt stock on my MDT chassis but ICD also makes chassis. There are lots more chassis out there too, Cadex, Accuracy International, Magpul, etc.

It's almost impossible to know the extent of your options.
 

Txhillbilly

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You can go mild to wild on just about any of the DIY builds. I've done Savage action build's from under $1k excluding optics like my 6.5-06 build. I used the action off my 110 FLP 300 WM,changed the bolt head, magazine box & follower,had McGowen make the barrel with a Shilen 5.5 contour, and ordered an unfinished stock from Boyds.



A 223 build using the same style Boyds stock



Then I have four that I've set up using Choate Tactical stock's in 25-06, 6.5 CM, 7mm-08, and 308





Using the custom action's with a Rem. 700 footprint,the stock options are limitless. You also get better options for trigger's.
Shilen DGR action,Trigger Tech Diamond trigger,Shilen select match 6.5 CM barrel,KRG Whiskey 3 chassis.



ARC Nucleus action with Barloc system, Trigger Tech Diamond trigger, X-Caliber 22 CM barrel, KRG Bravo chassis with a LH Whiskey 3 backbone.



All of these rifles shoot very good. Believe it or not,my Savage 6.5 CM build with an E.R.Shaw barrel has shot the smallest 5 shot group of any of the other brand of barrels that I've ever used on any rifle. It has shot a .122" group.
I've used almost every brand of barrel over the years,and it's hard to say that one brand is really that much better than another. Some shoot longer between cleaning,some clean up easier than other's,but I've never had one that didn't shoot great with tuned loads.
 

Jeffpatton00

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You can go mild to wild on just about any of the DIY builds. I've done Savage action build's from under $1k excluding optics like my 6.5-06 build. I used the action off my 110 FLP 300 WM,changed the bolt head, magazine box & follower,had McGowen make the barrel with a Shilen 5.5 contour, and ordered an unfinished stock from Boyds.



A 223 build using the same style Boyds stock



Then I have four that I've set up using Choate Tactical stock's in 25-06, 6.5 CM, 7mm-08, and 308





Using the custom action's with a Rem. 700 footprint,the stock options are limitless. You also get better options for trigger's.
Shilen DGR action,Trigger Tech Diamond trigger,Shilen select match 6.5 CM barrel,KRG Whiskey 3 chassis.



ARC Nucleus action with Barloc system, Trigger Tech Diamond trigger, X-Caliber 22 CM barrel, KRG Bravo chassis with a LH Whiskey 3 backbone.



All of these rifles shoot very good. Believe it or not,my Savage 6.5 CM build with an E.R.Shaw barrel has shot the smallest 5 shot group of any of the other brand of barrels that I've ever used on any rifle. It has shot a .122" group.
I've used almost every brand of barrel over the years,and it's hard to say that one brand is really that much better than another. Some shoot longer between cleaning,some clean up easier than other's,but I've never had one that didn't shoot great with tuned loads.

Boy, I wish I lived next door to you, I wouldn't have to build one of my own!
 

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