I have ideas for a custom long range hunting rifle ironed out and am looking for a quality gunsmith with reasonable rates. I was hoping members of the forum would have some good recommendations for people to try.
I reside in eastern Iowa if that makes a difference.
I would be supplying the action, stock, barrel etc.
Gunsmith would be asked to blueprint the action, bed the action, install and chamber the barrel chamber the barrel.
Looking for 0.5MOA or better from a custom rig with custom loads.
Thanks for the feedback.
If you don't mind what is your idea on budget? Also what action do you plan to use?
Right now the plan in not to skimp on components, and I don't want skimp on gunsmithing either.
That said, I don't really want a total bill of $3000-$5000 either, otherwise I should have just ordered a custom gun from one of the various quality companies out there.
I have a Winchester 70 push feed short action on hand I was hoping to use. I am planning on a Satern barrel and probably a McMillan stock. I would need a gunsmith to do all the metal and fit up work, with end result being 0.5MOA or better potential.
Caliber leading the way right now is 284 Winchester. With the high quality 7mm bullets on the market, the 284 has enough speed to retain enough power to kill almost anything in North America at long range with minimum recoil and optimum barrel life. I have also been considering the 7mm short mags, but not sure if my action will support those or not.
Thanks for the interest in my post.
It seems that the guys who are good at the work you want are also very busy. Usually the hold up on a custom build is the lead time for the barrel but since you have all the parts required it should cut your build time by months. I've had a couple put together in the manner you're talking and couldn't be more pleased. Will send a pm.
Just to be straight your looking to spend less than 3k and supply action only? Im not trying to pry I've got a buddy who builds some great shooting rigs and just making sure I relay the proper info to see if he has interest in taking on the challenge.
Originally Posted by cycloneshooter
You also mentioned " long range " and in a previous post mentioned " ironed out" im assuming shiny action and components but no iron sights. If your going for a long range, im guessing 700-1000 yards and higher end optics with adjustable turret capabilities?
I just got a custom rifle back Kampfeld Custom. I only had hime do some fluting on the barrel and the bolt and install a removable muzzle brake, and wow he does an amazing job! He offers work other than the fluting and I would bet its of the same quality. Karl's work is very high quality.
My project isnt finished yet but now it is one step closer.
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Yes, I am talking that 700+ range and yes, I would like to stay on somewhat of a budget.
I will be supplying the components (action, barrel, stock) and I will probably mount the optics myself.
All I am looking for from the gunsmith is the installation work, (blueprinting action, barrel install, chambering and stock bedding).
I used a 257 Roberts for a 575 yard antelope shot this past fall, but the cartridge has its limitations.
Looking to build something a little heavier for even better results and bigger game.
Here is the goat and the gun I used to take him.
Thanks for the great feedback thus far. Keep it coming.
Might give this gentleman a call, long range is his specialty http://deadlyprecisiongunsmithing.com/
Rem 700 sps in 7stw, $635
Greybull stock, $325
Brux #5 fluted stainless, $425
true action/chamber/cut/crown barrel, $275
I bedded the action myself
Scope, I bought Greybull but would go Nightforce next time.
Went from 2" at 200 to 3/4" with ammo loaded for the original rifle.
Turn around time on action/barrel work, one week. Local guy (30 years @ Nosler) did the work.