Im glad this thread came out before I began my build. Kengle would you mind giving me some build advice for starting to shoot long range. Im starting with a 700 chambered in .308 I was planing on buying one of those shillen precut/chambered varmint barrels with a bell and carlson stock and probably a vortex or nightforce scope.
Good start. If its a first gun, Id shoot the piss out of it and learn proper techniques first. The snipershide videos are a great start to the fundamentals of shooting and apply to every form.
As far as the build.
Action- a trued/blueprinted Remington action is not a bad thing. They are actually very good depending on the gunsmith. Id venture to say that you wont need a custom action if you dont really want to spend the money. That remington will be just fine. For a gunsmith, I used LINK
, Ted is in Houma and shoots regularly at the PRS/FPR matches.You always have the big names, GAP/Surgeon/TACOPS/KMW/etc, but they have enormous wait times.
Barrel- My gun uses a Rock barrel, but Shilen/Bartlein/Rock/Brux/Kreiger/Obermeyer/etc all make excellent barrels. Like I said earlier, I wouldnt go above a Remington Varmint Contour on the barrel if shooting tactical matches.
As far a the precut barrels, I wouldnt bother with it. Just buy the blank and have the gunsmith install it when they true/blueprint the action.
Stock- Id pass on the B&C stock. I would save up for a Manners/McMillan if you wanted a traditional stock. Or one of the various chassis systems out there..XLR/Whiskey3/AI/Eberlestock/Rock Solid/Etc etc. The chassis are nice because most of the time they eliminate bedding. Bedding is not hard, just a pain in the ass.
My preference with stocks is a McMillan A3-5, non adjustable because it fits me. Id recommend going to one of the FPR matches at Palo Alto and talking with the people out there, Id bet they would let you finger every gun out there if you ask nicely.
Scopes- Vortex/Nightforce make great scopes. I shoot a Bushnell HDMR. Just make sure the reticle and adjustments are the same. If its a mildot reticle make sure it has mil adjustments, MOA/MOA, IPHY/IPHY. Last thing you want to do, is convert Mil to MOA and so forth. PITA. If you want to buy a scope new, contact Jay at SportOptics in Hammond. Or Chris over there, they will get you setup with what you need.
Its alot to explain, research as much as possible, but more importantly...shoot more or at least practice more(dryfire).
For the best advice on buying a custom built gun. Unless you have some sort of weird setup you want, I bet the exact gun is for sale on snipershide right now for much less than new. Id also bet that the "used" hasnt even been broken in yet.
Same goes for scopes, accessories, etc.