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Question by Damon619. Uploaded on June 23, 2009
Afraid not... If you are putting together a custom rifle, perhaps you could look for deals on the parts and save a little there. You might also consider doing some of the work yourself. Things like installing a trigger and glass bedding a rifle are things that you could accomplish. You could save your custom rifle maker fees for those things it really takes a gunsmith to do. I like to have them barrel/headspace and bead blast/parkerize... I prefer to have the barrel maker cut the chamber because they tend to have better machinery to make sure the chamber is best aligned with the bore. You could even blue the steel for a nice finish. The barrel/chamber/crown is the largest percentage of custom rifle accuracy and you want to spend your money there first... next is the bedding which you could do yourself, next is the trigger which you could do. Finally the stock... you can buy nice stocks finished or unfinished. I have put together some pretty good shooters myself and they don't look bad either.
E.R. Shaw. Starts at a little under 700 or so. See the magazine and past Gun Nut blogs.
Making a rifle that shoots is not all that easy. You simply can't ask a gunsmith to spend all of the hours required to make a rifle perform and to look the way that a custom rifle should look and not charge for those services. On the other hand, I've barreled 98 mauser actions for absolutely minimal money and let the owner fit the stock. The results vary and depend on the amount of effort the owner is willing to expend. If you are serious about a custom rifle and really know what you want start talking to local shooters about who they use. You may be surprised to learn that there are competent people right in your area. I've never been a great shooter, but I have always swelled up with pride when a beaming owner walked back into my shop with a 100 yard target that only shows one hole!
Christensen Arms is not terrible as custom gunmakers go.
rossi arms but they are single shot
Define "overly expensive" please.
If you get Pac Nor or Shilen or Douglas to barrel it for you and you stock it and do the rigger and add your finish you can get in uner 1500 real easily. And those shops do very good barrel and action work, I think only Pac NOr will flute your barrel though. I'e done several remingtons (7 and 2 700's) like this with great results, less than one inch with factory hunting ammo, and even better with handloads.
The Shaw rifles previously mentioned are on the low end for custum rifles, price wise. They are said to outperform the pricetag.
No. Custom = big dollars. There is no such thing as a cheap "custom" anything.
My next will probably be from E.R. Shaw give them a look.
Shaw Rifles are built on Savage actions sortof the Howa/Vanguard deal. At any rate, you can rebarrel savage rifles real easily, and in that case, you are talking about coming in closer to 1000 ALL IN with an HS Precision stock or the like.
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