Okay Folks . . . I have a conundrum that I need your help with. I have the option to either build precisely what I want, and wait on procurement times for various out-of-stock materials . . . or I can get a custom that's very similar to what I want and it's already had load development completed, but it's not exactly what I want. Wifey says that this is probably the only custom that I'll get to build until I'm retirement age . . . that's in 25 years . . . so I don't want to screw this up. So, within a few hundred dollars, the price is nearly the same, slightly less expensive for the completed rifle than the build. This rifle is for HUNTING! I will spend a considerable amount of time at the range shooting it for fun and getting familiar with it, but no competitions . . . I want something that's light and capable of 750 for Elk and Mulies. I'm a backpack hunter, so again . . . as light as is possible for a long range custom. For comparison's sake, I'll identify whether Option A or B are compatible (match) or similar (close). What I want to Build (300 Win Mag - Let's Not debate Caliber): Barrel: Proof Research 24" (What's available to me right now is a 26", too long for hunting IMO) Brake & Thread Protector Cap: Not too picky on brands/models Action: Defiance Deviant Hunter Trigger: Jewell Stock: Manners Elite Tactical (Black & Gray) Carbon Scope Rings: Not too picky, but quality stuff $200 Scope: Haven't really settled on a scope yet, was really looking at the Nightforce SHV, but I feel as though I'd be paying for equipment that I'm not yet capable of maximizing the use of. I'd be open to others (Huskemaw, Leupold, Etc). Magazine/Bottom: I want a removable clip Necessities: Chambering, Bedding Optional: Load Development & Data What's available for immediate acquisition: Barrel: Bartlein 24" (Not really very close from initial glance, but what do you guys think?) Brake & Thread Protector: Included (match) Action: (close) Defiance Deviant Tactical (Close - Is there really an advantage to the Hunter over the Tactical . . . or vice-versa???) Trigger: Jewell (match) Stock: (close) Manners Elite Tactical (Dark Woods) Carbon. Scope Rings: American Precision 34 mm $200 (match) Scope: Leupold VX-6 4-24x52 - Varmint Reticle, Comes with Aluma-Caps (??? - the reviews I have read are excellent, will I be missing out if I go with this in lieu of a NF or other???) Magazine / Bottom: Removable (match) Necessities: Chambering & Bedding (Done - match) Optional: Load Development & Data (Done - match) So, the only differences between what I want and what's offered in a ready-to-shoot custom are the barrels, stock color and scope (which I'm on the fence for anyways). If I pick the Build option, I can either wait 16 weeks for a 24" Proof Research Sendero Taper barrel . . . or the builder has 26" in stock and we can get started right now. He also mentioned that he could cut an inch or so off of a 26" barrel, but he was hesitant to do this (is this a bad idea?). Stock Color, Of the 3 color options, the Dark Woods that comes on the ready-to-shoot rifle is my least favorite . . . but if you offered me a Corvette in Yellow (my least favorite color), I'd still be quite happy to accept it . . . so does this really matter? If I order a different color stock for a build, it's a long lead time, not certain how long, but I think that this stock is a pretty hot item right now. Scope . . . I really don't know what to think. This will be my very first high-dollar scope. I don't want to buy something with so many bells and whistles that may go unused, but as I mentioned before, I plan on spending a LOT of time at the range getting familiar with this rifle and practice practice practice. I'll also be purchasing a G7-BR2, so in theory, I should be able to maximize the use of any windage/elevation/pressure/angle adjustments that I'd need to make in the field. Is a VX-6 (as described above) enough scope for me to be satisfied with for the next 25 years . . . or will I want to replace it with a NF in 5 years? So, in closing, if you were me and knew (for the most part), what you wanted, would you build and wait, or buy and start shooting?