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Custom riffle build.

I know this comes up all the time. A guy wants to build his own bolt action riffle. I did too but it's too labor intensive and requires tools and skills I don't have. I was thinking about finding a solid platform to trick out to my specs. Does anyone have any ideas what a good starting point would be? Also the best platform to tear down and rebuild
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Re: Custom riffle build.

If going for accuracy I would start with a custom 700 clone.
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Re: Custom riffle build.

target, hunting, tactical?

I have each. If i wanted a good shooter for target / chucks I'd buy a 40x from remington. If they even make them anymore. I bought the across course 40x and it shoots great. Shot out the first barrel (thousands of rounds), replaced with a hart. Added a jewell trigger. I have way less cash in that gun then the other custom rifles i own.

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Re: Custom riffle build.

What is a Riffle?

Back in the day, a guy by the name of Roy Weatherby made a reputation for himself, buying 1917 Enfields, converting them into hunting rifles. One I owned was chambered for .300 Weatherby Magnum.
Today a 1917 Enfield is not a common rifle,they were sold as surplus 60+ yrs ago, but almost non existent today.

When I was a kid, the gun builders would buy up all the Remington 721's they could find and re-chamber them to something else.
The 721 had extra steel in the chamber area - enough that you could ream it out to something bigger, or buy a barrel made in a different caliber.

Today the 721's are hard to find in unmolested condition.

The Model 700 would be a good platform, but all the rifles I see for sale are in the $500+ range. More money then I care to spend to buy a rifle that I am going to spend another $500 to re-chamber to another round!

That leaves the Savage 110 series of rifle, which already comes in many popular calibers.
Or a Ruger bolt action rifle - I have seen .270 Winchesters modified to .270 Gibbs that shot very well.

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$500 + $500? LOL, thats peanuts when yer talking quality custom.
$3-6k total with hand build fine wood stocks,machining, bedding and hand checkering. Maybe more

Everyone has a different idea of "custom"

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Re: Custom riffle build.

Check out the Ruger American Predator in the 6.5 Creedmor and top it with a Athlon Argos scope if going for a budget target/hunting set up. Do a little research on it, proven reputable 1,000 yd set up in the right hands under $1000.
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Savage 111

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mauser K98

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Re: Custom riffle build.

jerboa, I have one of those Remington 721 in 300 H&H mag that never been altered. never will change it.
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Re: Custom riffle build.

A custom to me is possible the most accurate as possible it can be made.
Rem 700 action blue printed- However you can buy a total custom action for around 1,000.00 - 1,200.00 that is top of the line.

Custom match grade ss barrel- 3-400.00

Fiberglass Stock- 2-500

Trigger -250.00

Labor for above services 5-700.00

3-4k will get you in the ball park.
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