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    Default Custom Built Rifle checklist

    Found this interesting article on what a person should be taking into consideration when planning out a custom built rifle project. Any thoughts on what else a person should be thinking about when planning out a rifle project? please feel free to post your comments. Thanks

    http://www.chuckhawks.com/custom_rifle_checklist.htm

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    Talking Here's questions to put on the Top of a Checklist

    1. Are you going to really like the rifle once you get it all screwed together?

    2. Can afford to be 2 times over budget on the original project and still hide it from the Mrs?

    3. Once you put big bucks into the project and get it transformed from a basket of parts into a work of art, will you still take it to the bush hunting?

    4. Can you stomach seeing the same configuration of rifle you just spent 4 times the money on building setting on the sale rack at the next gun shop you walk into already put together at 1/4 of the price you paid to build it?
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    Excellent additions to the list, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whateveri8 View Post
    1. Are you going to really like the rifle once you get it all screwed together?

    2. Can afford to be 2 times over budget on the original project and still hide it from the Mrs?

    3. Once you put big bucks into the project and get it transformed from a basket of parts into a work of art, will you still take it to the bush hunting?

    4. Can you stomach seeing the same configuration of rifle you just spent 4 times the money on building setting on the sale rack at the next gun shop you walk into already put together at 1/4 of the price you paid to build it?
    he speaks from experience. I have been considering a re-barrel but sounds expensive.

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    Talking rebarrel is expensive

    and YES it is from experience.

    Rebarrel project is only worth it if you go to a caliber or chambering that is hard to find or utherwise not available. Barrel prices can be more than the rifle is worth in some cases, then you have the labor cost of the gunsmith. If you go with a total custom job and don't care how much you have into it then great, but in most cases I've just sold the rifle and bought a new one for less than the cost of the barrel to rebarrel the old one.

    Now if the rifle is a Savage, 98 Mauser or a Remington, you can contact ER Shaw www.ershawbarrels.com and get a new barrel and get in on the rifle for less than 300.00 if you don't get too fancy with SS and flutes, but even with flutes you can get a caliber of choice and be in it for 4 to 500 bucks and have a real treasue in the safe. Research it well before you decide an ask alot of questions.
    people here on this site really want to help out on the decision and help you make the best decision for what will work for you.
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    yep, having gunsmith work done can be quite expensive and it usually takes a fair amount of time to get the rifle back depending on who you hire to do the work on your firearm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukalpiaq View Post
    yep, having gunsmith work done can be quite expensive and it usually takes a fair amount of time to get the rifle back depending on who you hire to do the work on your firearm.
    The hardest part is finding someone competent who can make the rifle feed. Anyone with a lathe can stick a barrel on a receiver.
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    Smile easy...

    Start with a Dakota 76 action and a Krieger barrel......

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    The gunsmith you hire should be using a sharp chamber reamer too, you should inspect the work afterward to make sure it meets your expectations.

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