Pre-built custons vs individually speced

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by DM770, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. DM770

    DM770 Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2010
    Hearing all the nightmares about lead times on quality components and gunsmith back logs, I am wondering about turning to the pre-built customs (there are several producers). Other than maybe a wildcat that I can't live without they look like a good option (at least you might get it before hunting season this year). Has anyone gone this route or maybe both routes and what are your thoughts?
  2. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Look at classifieds here on site . Everthing you could think of by great smiths and some dont even have 100 rnds down tube,and no wait.Good savings over build
  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    There is a difference in a pre built and a custom, A pre built is in most cases a good to excellent
    rifle that someone decided what components to use based on there likes and for the most part
    what they think others will like.

    The one of a kind custom Is just that "One of a kind" and it should be exactly what you want.
    It may not be any better or have any better components but it is yours. The interaction between the smith and you should be a very good experience but unfortunately it is not always the case.

    The main difference is the potential accuracy. you may get a very accurate rifle that is a pre built
    or you may get one that just barely meets there accuracy standard (Normally 1/2 to 1 MOA)
    and that ends there obligation.

    With a custom one of a kind the possibility is much better of a real shooter (1/2MOA or less) because it was built one at a time and you know the smith and he knows you and if you have talked to him about what you expect he should try his best to make you happy.

    I always tell people I will not rush to make up for there lack of planning so plan far enough ahead
    to get your rifle when you need it.

    I hear stories about waiting 2 or 3 years to get your rifle, and don't understand it. it shouldn't
    take over 1 or 2 months after all components are in the smiths hands. (At the most 6 months
    from start to finish) Some smiths over book causing this problem so check his schedule and do
    progress payments (Never pay 100% in advance because he has no incentive to finish on time)

    Ether way they are both good deals it is just a matter of choice which way to go.

  4. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    Surgeon Rifles say they can build you a custom rifle in a week.