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#6059080 - 11/30/15 07:07 PM Poor man's custom rifle?
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Anyone have a Red Hawk rifle or Nosler rifle? Any other brands you have experience with? Just don't want to spend 4 or 5 grand or more on a custom rifle. This would be solely a hunting rifle, deer, hogs etc ..... probably go back with a 300 Win mag and I don't reload. I do know that these are not true customs but more like "customized". Thanks for the help.
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#6059130 - 11/30/15 07:23 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Buy a $550 Tikka and upgrade the stock.

Work it like a rented mule.
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#6059142 - 11/30/15 07:26 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Oh, and spend some of the budget hiring Chad to work up a custom load for the rifle.

After all that it'll shoot tighter than you expected.
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#6059173 - 11/30/15 07:34 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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What stock? Arthritis dictates either something to soak up recoil or a brake .... or both. Love the 300 WM though.
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#6059196 - 11/30/15 07:39 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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More aftermarket bolt on type stuff for the Remington 700. Then grab yourself some spray cans or an airbrush and paint it however you would like.

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#6059325 - 11/30/15 08:32 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Pricey, but Mcmillan or Manners is quality. For a hunting stock I ordered and recieved a Manners MCS-EH1 for a friend's .300 Win Mag. Crazy light, narrow forearm that is just wide enough for a bipod, and the all important vertical grip.

There is plenty of aftermarket support for Tikkas, every modification you could ever want.
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#6059363 - 11/30/15 08:49 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Send Derrick at horizon a remington action and a manners stock. Give him about some money and you Candace a solid semi custom.

Should be less than 2k

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#6059376 - 11/30/15 08:55 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Originally Posted By: HuntingTexas
Anyone have a Red Hawk rifle or Nosler rifle? Any other brands you have experience with? Just don't want to spend 4 or 5 grand or more on a custom rifle. This would be solely a hunting rifle, deer, hogs etc ..... probably go back with a 300 Win mag and I don't reload. I do know that these are not true customs but more like "customized". Thanks for the help.


Add Cooper to the list. I've shot all three. All have pluses and minuses IMO. The Cooper and RedHawk where top accuracy with the nosler a few tenths behind but all three where different calibers. Liked the Nosler action better then Cooper, but Cooper shot better. RedHawk is just a re barreled and trued Remington. He use to be a steal for what you got but he has gotten up there in price.

I have a trued remington revarrled rifle that Derrick@ horizon built me and its hell of a gun

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#6059389 - 11/30/15 09:00 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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All good advice guys, thanks. Given me something to think on.
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#6059417 - 11/30/15 09:09 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Buy a $550 Tikka and upgrade the stock.

Work it like a rented mule.


Boom.

Drop it in a B&C stock for around $250.

Work up a load for it and go play.
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#6059447 - 11/30/15 09:16 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Hey fireman do you know any stocks being made for the tikka CTR yet

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#6059481 - 11/30/15 09:26 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: epp838]
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Same action as the T-3, right?

Then the big boys have the programs built into the mills, just tell them barrel contour.
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#6059483 - 11/30/15 09:27 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Whiskey X-ray etc is drop in I believe.

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#6059682 - 11/30/15 11:00 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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I would recommend cooper at around 2500, that gives money for scope and load work-up. Before deer season I shot a quick three shot group with hornaday sst box ammo out of my cooper and it was 1/2 moa, and when I mean quick it was shoot as quick as it could be loaded and no cool down or anything. With a load build up by chad I bet that would cut in half again, at a minimum. With all the factory ammo I tried I was moa or sub moa with the gun, but the hornaday sst seemed to be the best.

Although would be fun to have a custom build, but those seem to be a little more money in the end.

Having the budget you have gives some flexibility up

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#6059701 - 11/30/15 11:16 PM Re: Poor man's custom rifle? [Re: HuntingTexas]
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What do you expect to gain from a custom rifle over a factory rifle with a few upgrades? Accuracy wise, a Savage, Remington or tikka in a barrel contour of your choice, with a quality aftermarket stock, trigger, and optics would likely shoot just as well (or absolutely close enough for hunting with) and be thousands less. For a few hundred more you could replace the barrel with a great aftermarket barrel, and have everything you could want.
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