Someone once said "there are a whole lot more people that can take $200 worth of gun parts and make a $100 gun then there are people that can take $100 worth of gun parts and make a $200 gun". My opinion... you don't really save any money with a kit. I would get a reasonable finished rifle to start with and use it. Find out what you do and don't like about it, get involved in the hobby and see if you really enjoy it and then pick out a kit you want to add to your collection. Take your time and have fun making your gun. Then you have 2 guns and one can be your baby. I started in the 70's and got my first rifle as a kit (cost the wife $60) I still have it and use it but it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to tell it was kit gun. Just my nickel minus 3.