I'd like to put together a project rifle as a spare gun for family or friends who travel to Alaska. Any ideas where to find the cheapest one?
The plan is to buy an $80 walnut sporter stock, an Adams n Bennet 35 Whelen barrel($100), a spring service kit and some open sights. The plan is to put together a cheap but reliable hunting rifle for friends and family to borrow.
I'm not too knowledgeable with surplus guns but I hope with the help of other forum members, I can learn where to get one of these, and have this gun put together with only about $400 invested. I've been selling various little things that I don't use so that it doesn't "technically" cost me a thing!
Things like: Ammo I don't use, vintage cook stoves, dies, mags, reloading components and other odd ball things that people want.
I handled one of those Russian surplus rifles and it was the most BUTT UGLY rifle I've ever seen, that is definitely out of the question. It was awkward, rough finish, bizarre, and did I mention BUTT UGLY?! It was $150 but I wouldn't even pay that for it. I think if I was guy with only $150 to work with, I'd rather sell a sample to the sperm bank, dance for Liberty Taxes, and search for odd-job employment to step up to a better rifle.