Calm down man. For staters, I don’t have a ‘smith, he has me. I’m not kidding myself about the relationship.Did you really just try to add sales taxes to a price comparison? You pay sales taxes on the SA2020 also
A muzzle thread job is about $150 tops IF it's not included in the base metal work ( I usually use self-timing brakes so I'm not paying to turn to contour and time a brake. TT Diamond is only $319, the Special is $209 so look we saved $41 dollars right there on the $250 I budgeted, and yes I consider Cerekote (really all painting) to be BS. Straight stainless steel is the ultimate weather finish.
Maybe you can't leave your rifle in a salty tidal pool on the Alaska coast for 9 weeks, but in terms of being a fully functional and viable option.... yes, straight SS is just fine.
Has anyone ever, in the history of ever, lost an animal because of flash off their rifle's metal? Only on the internet....
If you have, a can of Krylon is like 9 bucks.
My point is simply why not shoot now and see if the expense of a full custom is going to provide (time and money) value? For many the answer is yes, for a whole lot more the answer is no.
My home built and off the shelf rifles rival my customs in practical terms.