Custom rifle.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by texaswoodworker, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I have been thinking about building my own sniper/long range rifle for awhile and want to know what you all would do. I would like it to be a bolt action. What reciever should I use? Remington m700, Winchester m70, other? I also want a match barrel for it. Where should I get this at? What scope should I use (at least 500 m shots) What caliber should I use? I am between using a 30-06 and a .308.
    I would also like to put a bipod, muzzle break, and a dragunov style (or at least thumbhole) stock on it. I plan on making the stock myself but where should I get the bipod and the muzzle break? I would like to keep the whole thing under $1200 if possible.
    It will probably be a while before I can actually build this thing, but I just want to have a good idea of what I will build it out of.
     
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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Aaron, i have a Marlin XS7VH in 308 that i am working on getting to as accurate as possible. i paid $370 + tax for the rifle, $260+ tax for the scope, plus about another $50 in rings, sling swivels, sling and paint or the stock. so right now i have less than $750 in the rifle, so with a $1200 budget, that leaves $450 to accurize and accessorize it. so IMO, yes you could build a psuedo-sniper rifle for $1200.

    i joined the Marlin Owners Group, just to be able to get specific info on my marlins and to get them to be all they can be. i do like my Marlin X7's! i still plan to add at least three more to my collection. i am thinking of doing a heavy fluted barrel on my 7mm-08 now.
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I've never used a Marlin XS7VH. How are they compare to Rem m700s and Win m70s? are they better, worse, or about the same? I'm glad to hear that it is possible to build a extremely accurate rifle for under $1200. Thank you for the info.
     
  4. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I'd go with the tried and true Rem 700 with the added punch and

    reloading/ store stock ammo availability of 30.06.

    There's just soo many readily available options with these two

    platforms.

    Just what I'd do, not what TO do...
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    mine is very much in the range of my remington M700's. i will say this though, the synthetic stocks on the remingtons is a little better, but marlin pillar beds the stocks on theirs. so everything seems pretty equal IMO. i am still working on some handloads for the 308, and this winter i plan on doing some accuracy work to it. i'm thinking of stiffening the fore-end of the stock and glass bedding and doing some trigger work on it to start off with. yeah if a person wanted to build an accurate rifle with a budget of $1200, the marlin would definately be one to consider. Marlin also has the XS7VH in 22-250 with a heavy barrel. with the right ammo and a little tuning on the rifle, would be an excellent varmint rifle.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    wolf, i have a few remingtons and am currently building a target rifle on a remington M700 action. the remington m700 is an excellent platform to build upon. part of the reason for the marlin suggestion, was price, ($370+tax, NIB) and that this 308 has the heavier and longer barrel already attached. plus i am already building a remington actioned high dollar custom target rifle, and liked the idea of building something on lower budget, plus i already have the marlin XS7VH in 308.
     
  7. trip286

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    For off the shelf, I'd go with the remington action, just because there's so many parts available for it.
     
  8. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Sounds like both the Remington and the Marlin are great choices. I may just have to go with the one that I can get the best deal on. I have a Remington 30-06 and I love it. (bought it for $400) But I really don't want to modify it in any way. It's a really beautiful gun and I just can't imagine altering it (it has a lot of sentimental value). I like the idea of more power down range with the 30-06 but the .308 is slightly more accurate (thats what I have heard anyway). That will also probably come down to which one I get a better deal on.
    I think I will go with a good keiger barrel if the stock barrel is not accurate enough. I'll also have it pilared/glass bedded too.
    Does anybody have any suggestions for a good high powered scope?

    Thanks for the advice everyone.
     
  9. JonM

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    ive quickly become fan of savage. my model 10 is submoa right out of the box with pretty much everything ive run through it.

    the savage action is very easy to switch barrels on. if you can change a ar15 barrel you can change a savage.
     
  10. Wambli

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    Get a Remington 700 SPS Varmint in .308 and bed it into a Bell and Carlson Tactical stock. You are now in for about $1000. Slap a scope on it and go shoot. If YOU can shoot and this rig won't do sub MOA with .308 Match ammo I'll eat my hat.
     
  11. griffin81

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    I have a Remington 700 .308 with a swift scope set in a chote tactical stock and it shoots great. Stock is worth looking into.

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    Not a bad priced stock really can't speak highly enough about it.

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  12. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I might have to take you up on that offer.:D

    sounds like the savage would be a great choice too.


    I like it, but it may break the budget. I wonder if I could make a wooden version of it? BTW, what type of scope is that?

    It wasn't a easy choice, but I'll probably go with a m700 for this one. I don't think this will be the only rifle I do like this so I will probably do the Marlin and the Savage later down the line. (That will be one intersting line up)

    Thank you everyone for the help. It is greatly appreciated.
     
  13. griffin81

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    The stock I have was only $230.00 and like I said I can't speak highly enough of it. They have other versions of the stocks that are cheeper but I liked the feel of this one most.

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  14. mrm14

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    I have a long range target rifle in 300 Win. Mag. It sports a Remington 700 reciever, a Krieger #9 Heavy target barrel contour 28" long, a McMillan A-5 stock, a Jewell trigger set a 1.5 lbs., a Premier Reticle 5-25X56mm scope with a Gen 2 XR reticle, A McCanns +20 moa mount, Badger Ordance 34 mm scope rings,and an Elite Iron Max Tac muzzel brake. Receiver is trued and action is free float bedded. It's a tack driver. I use for the 1000+ yard endevour.

    The rifle I'm having built now is a switch barrel in 260 Rem. / 308 Win. with most of the same as the 300 but with Bartlien progerssive twist barrel. Also known as "T" rifling. I'm also using a Surgeons 591 reciever for this project. The 308 is 11.25 final twist and the 260 is a 8 final twist. The 260 is 26" long barrel and the 308 is 24" long barrel. I'm running for both barrels in Bartlien's #7 MTU contour. This rifle is mostly for 1000 yards with either caliber. The 308 is my practice barrel as it gets about 7000 rounds before it's shot out. The 260 is my comp. barrel as it lasts about 3000 rounds before it's shot out. At least thats my plan.
     
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  15. texaswoodworker

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    I would have no problems paying that for that stock. But the one I saw was $500. I wonder if I was looking at the wrong one.

    Sounds really good. Thanks for the advice. I'll have to make mine a switch barrel too.
     
  16. Txhillbilly

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    Building a custom rifle for around $1200,will be awful tough including optics.

    I personally like a Savage action since you can do a complete barrel/caliber change in a matter of minutes if you have a couple simple tools.

    You could get a Stevens 200 donor rifle for an action-It's just a non-accutrigger Savage action,and install a good aftermarket trigger.
    I've seen them on sale for as little as $275 to 325 with free shipping.
    A Rifle Basix trigger goes for $95 or $160 depending on the trigger you would choose.
    For a barrel,there are lots of choices-a Shilen Select Match grade will run around $340.Other brands are in that price range,with some a lot more.A button rifled barrel is always lower priced than a cut rifled barrel,but unless you are wanting a precision target rifle,a button rifled barrel will do the job nicely.
    Since you want to build a stock,that will save you $200-$500 for a good aftermarket stock.
    Optics,You can get a decent scope for $350-600,a good scope for $700-1000,and a great scope for even more.It all depends on what you are wanting to do with the rifle.Some will object to my optic scale,but I have a wide variety of optics,and there is a very big difference in the quality and clarity of lower-higher priced scopes. 99% of the time,You get what you pay for!
    Don't forget bases and rings,that can run another $100-200 depending on what you want.
    IMO,If you stay 308 or smaller,there's no need in a muzzle brake unless it's just something you want.To me,the increase in muzzle sound isn't worth the recoil decrease.The only rifles that I've put brakes on is my old 30/06 (stock design from the 1950's,not very ergonomic,hard on the shooter),and the Ruger #1 300WM that I used to have.

    Custom rifles are nice,but can be very expensive.Today's factory rifles shoot very,very good,and need very little to be excellent shooters.You could just find a used rifle,and then fix it up into what your looking for.It could save you a lot of money,and be just as fun.
    I picked up my Savage 12FLP 308 used (barely),in the factory stock this rifle would punish the shooter.I adjusted the Accu-Trigger to my liking,changed the stock,installed a Weaver rail,and put the Swarovski PH scope that I had on another rifle on it.

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    Without the scope,I've got about $600 in this rifle and it shoots good.I'm still working up some loads for it,but so far it is showing good signs.

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  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    any of the suggestions on rifles would be excellent platforms to build an accurate rifle on and i wouldn't hesitate one minute in wanting own one. each has it's own merits and would be fun to build.
     
  18. mrm14

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    "Building a custom rifle for around $1200,will be awful tough including optics".

    Jeez, I've done it again. I didn't read that your budget was $1200.00. My bad.:eek:

    This switch barrel 260 / 308 rifle I'm having built alone is costing me a tad under $5000.00 for this build. The scope is just over $3000.00. The first build cost me just under $2900.00 without the scope. That being said may I suggest a Remington 700 in 308 caliber to start out. It should be less than your budget, for the rifle part, after you possibly add another stock to it. You can near infinitely upgrade the Remington 700 reciever, over time, as you become more proficient with in this endevour. A good trainer caliber and rifle. A good entry level scope would be a Vortex Viper or equilivant but it would be most of your alloted $1200.00 budget by itself. Possibly you could search and buy used to help keep the cost down. Or you could save a bit more. I say buy once... Cry once.
     
  19. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I may just do ahead and drop the muzzle break then. I would be willing to go over budget for a good scope. Do you recomend any in the $400-$600 range?

    Thanks for the advice. I bet with a scope that powerful, you could drive nails at a mile. :D

    I may go with the Vortex with a different rifle later down the road. That's a little too far off for this budget.
     
  20. therewolf

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    1200$? Dang, bro, that's my entire annual rifle budget...

    ...no wonder you guys punch such beautiful, tight groups at

    100+ yards!