I currently have a Remington 700 in 243WIN. It was a VLS (Varmint Laminated Stock) but is now wearing a HS Precision stock.
I want to get the whole job done, IE re-barrelled, new stock, bedding, action truing and detachable magazine system fitted.
The current rifle is superbly accurate and the barrel is in OK condition. Only reason I want this done is so I have something I can carry all day, in my opinion the varmint barrel is too heavy for my application.
I currently have a Weaver rail fitted to this rifle and would more than likely want a rail on the new setup as I use Leupold quick release rings and intend to do so after the build is finished.
I want this new setup to be the lightest weight as is humanly possible. This will mainly be used for stalking and some foxing, but in the main stalking. My Scottish stalking is partially open hill and I could walk miles in a day over some very rough ground. So lightweight is key.
I bought a Manners stock for my Tikka T3 which is great lightweight stock and I may consider another one of those for the Remington. I also know the McMillan Ultra Light is a good lightweight option. I would also like whatever stock I choose to buy to be bedded.
Like I have said a few times I want a Ultra Lightweight setup. I would also like a stainless barrel but with a matt/satin finish, I may also choose to get it cerakoted, but if I do I will get this done at a later date. I will also want it screw cut 14x1 so it is the same as my Tikka which is in 270WIN, so if I wish I can share moderators. I will also want the barrel to be as short as is possible without detrimentally effecting the performance.
I would also like a detachable magazine system fitted, I prefer the design of the Third Eye Tactical from looking at some photos on the internet VS the AICS.
I will be mainly using for deer and fox control and some long range targets, up to 1000 yards.
I have reloading equipment, but am yet to press any rounds. So in theory all I will need to do is get the dies etc for a new calibre if necessary
So what the million dollar questions are
- What calibre should I choose? Or should I stick with 243WIN?
- What lightweight stock should I choose?
- What type and make of barrel should I choose?
This will be the first custom rifle I have ever had built and I want it to be something I will keep forever and pass onto my son at some stage.
I welcome everyone's opinions.