Have been kicking around ideas for a new rifle and it seems almost impossible to find everything I want in a factory built rifle, perhaps with the exception of the new FN series (thanks for your PM Griff, reply waiting for you).
I have researching various things on having a custom rifle built. While I don't need it for deer, I will looking to produce something with sufficient accuracy to be competitive up to 1000 yards (not world class competitive but at least on a club basis) and as far as I am concerned, a rifle can't be too accurate and there's nothing to build confidence like a zero target with one, not very, raggy little hole in it.
Looking to use what I build for just about everything. Foxing, pest control, stalking and target shooting at anything up to 1000 yards. (not much long range shooting but would quite like to get into it).
It looks to me like the best parts to go for would be:
A Wild Dog tactical stock. Carbon fibre so it should save a lot of weight compared to a fibreglass one that will be important for stalking.
A Shilen Select Match Grade SS barrel about 22 inches finished length (short-ish for target use but more suited to use with a moderator)Quite a heavy profile, maybe 5 or 5 1/2 straight taper, fluted.
A surgeon repeater action with built in picatinny rail. Looks to be a good option out of the box without any further work. Makes sense to me to go with a true custom action built for the purpose rather than working over a factory action. Built on the rem 700 footprint it will fit int almost any stock and will take most of the mag system / triggers etc.
Any thoughts frm those of you who are into these things?
Last one.........just for fun name the best calibre for my new rifle........