I've only had one "semi-custom" rifle to date so forgive my ignorance just had a few questions for people in the know:
If you have a rifle that you no longer want or fancy a change, is it viable to take (for example) your old sako down to custom rifle type person and say "can you take this action and put a nice new barrel on it, re-coat/blue it, then bed it in a nice stock?" - would that save money on the cost of materials and lessen the overall cost significantly?
Presumably rifle builders have a fair number of second hand barrels laying around where people with more money than sense upgrade them - is there a market for this? I've never seen a s/h barrel for sale and wondered why...?
Also if you're using your own action as a base and not changing the calibre I guess you don't need a variation (unless perhaps the serial number's on the barrel)...?
Let's say I were to eventually shoot my Sako 85 barrel out - if I sent it off for a new or decent s/h barrel, new or s/h stock & maybe a bedding job, barrel & action coating, etc... have I basically just bought a new custom rifle without the hassle of a variation? Would there be any significant cost saving in doing this compared to just having one built?
Trigger's broom comes to mind (for any Only fools and horses fans!)