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#6995913 - 12/14/17 09:02 AM Custom Rifles
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Registered: 12/12/17
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I am interested to see who people's favorite custom builders are and why. I was looking at Alamo Precision and they seem like great shop. Would welcome anyone's experiences with their rifles

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#6995918 - 12/14/17 09:05 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Alamo cut and recrowned a barrel for me. Never had a custom rifle built. Their rifle packages seem great. They strike me as an every mans custom gun shop. Not sure that they build ultra ultra high end stuff, but if I decide to have a rifle built, Iíll likely be going to them. They might do more high end stuff that I realize, but they were at least a really good shop to work with.
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#6995931 - 12/14/17 09:12 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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One of the guys I hunt with has a left hand 7-08 they built on a 700 action. 20" barrelI in a sporter style stock. It is a tack Driver. One hole 5 shot groups @ 100 with 140 gamekings over 42 grains of Varget. It is sweet!
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#6996007 - 12/14/17 09:55 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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I have several Horizon Firearms rifles. My rifles are built off of either Tikka or Remington actions and I have no regrets in using one of their Stillar actions (I am kind of cheap sometimes). Their rifles are very accurate and they have great customer service. It is also handy that they are in the same city I am.
I have also used Bobby Pitchford (Pitchford Custom Gun) in Waller. He also builds a very good rifle and they are accurate. Bobby will work with you to get you what you want.
I know there are several good builders out there that do good work. These are just the two whom I have used.

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#6996017 - 12/14/17 10:02 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Jon Trammell (in Breckenridge) or Jonathan Stigall (Crimson Accuracy) in no order is who I use for all my stuff.

We have a lot of good gunsmiths in Texas. Call around get to know your gunsmith and go with the guy you like the best. I like both these guys and have become friends with them. I also like the fact they tell me I'm screwing up before I actually do it...that doesn't mean I always listen grin
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#6996044 - 12/14/17 10:17 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Judd]
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Originally Posted By: Judd
Jon Trammell (in Breckenridge)


I was in his shop last week!! up
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#6996062 - 12/14/17 10:29 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
Txlonghorn Offline
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Thank you for the suggestions. I was trying to understand also how much more accurate they are versus off the shelf.

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#6996072 - 12/14/17 10:36 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Yepper Jon's one of the best..........

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#6996074 - 12/14/17 10:37 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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I usually use Jon Beanland at Beanland Custom Rifles. He is very good and only 40 miles from my door. I have also used Mike Bryant (also very good, and only about 50 miles from me). Another I would not hesitate to use at all would be West Texas Ordnance. A good friend of mine has several of their rifles and they all shoot like crazy.

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#6996084 - 12/14/17 10:46 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Hear great things about WTO. I also like McWhorter customs, and Hill Country Rifles a lot as well.

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#6996096 - 12/14/17 10:57 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Have a couple, one from Trammell and one from Scott Weichel both rifles are very good shooters. Would not hesitate to use them again. Also APR and S&S are good to go as well.

The one Scott did has metric threads and he was the only local smith that said no problem doing those. The others just said no metric threads or didn't call me back to the message I left them. The rifle Scott did has beome my favorite centerfire rifle.

With a lot of factory rifles you are looking at hit or miss as to it being put together right one from a good smith you know it is put together right
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#6996101 - 12/14/17 11:01 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Depends on what you want:

Alamo is slapping together a 6.5 PRC for me...I'll let you know...it will be a pimped up screwed together parts gun...Remmy 700, hardy barrel ect...I'm sure it will be fine.

One of my favorite guys is Dirk SHimmel in Gellitte Wy great guy--and a damn good gunsmith. Can do almost anything.

For blue steel and fine walnut...my first call would be TDK that post here--he is one of the best up and coming builders. He is good...wait not just good he is gooooood....

For a fine dangerous game rifle I have used Lon Paul--in tanglewood CA..he is another one that is a super nice guy and builds a hell of a rifle!

I have also had rifles built by Bill Wiseman, Tip Burns (no longer building), Rifles Inc, Ray Williams (retired), kampfield customs, AHR, and a few others...really have not been disappointed by any of these...

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#6996107 - 12/14/17 11:04 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Originally Posted By: Txlonghorn
Thank you for the suggestions. I was trying to understand also how much more accurate they are versus off the shelf.
Depends on what off the shelf rifle you're going to get.

For an experienced shooter, I assume they're a little more accurate. For a novice shooter, you'd be much better off buying a nice factory rifle and a bunch of ammo to improve skills.

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#6996112 - 12/14/17 11:07 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Originally Posted By: Txlonghorn
Thank you for the suggestions. I was trying to understand also how much more accurate they are versus off the shelf.


Night and day!! Factory rifles can shoot good, no doubt. But a full custom with tuned ammo will easily out shoot a factory rifle. You may notice it at 100 yards, but the differences will certainly show itself at longer ranges.
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#6996121 - 12/14/17 11:15 AM Re: Custom Rifles [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Originally Posted By: Txlonghorn
Thank you for the suggestions. I was trying to understand also how much more accurate they are versus off the shelf.


Night and day!! Factory rifles can shoot good, no doubt. But a full custom with tuned ammo will easily out shoot a factory rifle. You may notice it at 100 yards, but the differences will certainly show itself at longer ranges.


How about a good factory rifle with custom tuned ammo? To me its not a fair rifle comparison if your taking a good shooting factory gun with $17 Remington corelocks and comparing it to a custom with load work up for that specific rifle done.

How about accuracy of semi customs? Like savage prefits etc. that are properly installed?
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