rebarrelling and restocking
Hi, I was just wondering if I could get some advice on the above
I am undecided as to what to go for.... I'm either planning to pick up a new Tikka T3 over the next few weeks or my other option is to pick up a scaffy older tikka and get the barrel and stock redone.
My only concern is whether this would be worth it in your opinion? Im really just enquiring into the general costs, length of time required to do the job and how easy it is for a gunsmith to carry out the above or is it very much a specialist job?
apologies for being so vague but any opinions are as always greatly apprecited!
A re-barrel isn't difficult.
In basic terms you just unscrew the old one and screw a new one in. Again as most guns are machine made it should simply be a case of unscrewing the old stock. taking out the metal, and dropping it into a new stock.
But! Labout will cost you as will a new barrel. Plus re-proof (so that's £50 odd) and maybe there will be labour if there is a need to re-set headspace.
And a new stock will cost! In fact I'd wager that to use an old "tatty" action and do this will cost more that a new rifle. Or a good little used secondhand one.
I'd check out the www.guntrader.co.uk website and maybe get a Gun Mart, Shooting Times or Etc. and ring around. There are some bargains.
Or some of the specialist re-barrel guys who may have a take-off barrel of the calibre you want and maybe even a take-off stock.
if your on a budget get a cheap 2nd hand. i got two cz601s one in 308 one in243. had to get them threaded but including this still only £300 quid ish each. was planning to replace them with something "better" as funds allowed but to be honest they both shoot very well so im happy to hold on to them.
if i were in your situation i think the new option would be far better than restocking and barreling.
A rebarrel job will cost you anything from £500-£700 approx.
The price will depend largely on who does the work and which barrel they use. This price includes the barrel, chambering, fitting and usually screwcutting and proof, expect to pay around £100 more for a fluted barrel.
A replacement after market stock for a T595, 695 or T3 can be anything from £250 to £800. Again it will depend who makes it but really something like a Mcmillan, Manners, Robertson etc will be middle to top end dependant on model.
Sporter stocks are generally priced somewhere in the middle around £500 and the tactical models being the most expensive like a Mcmillan A5 for example.
In short if you're on a budget I would steer clear of anything semi custom and look for a good quality S/H factory stick.
I'd go for a 595 or 695 over a T3 any day.
Moses has it exactly correct. To restock and rebarrel a second hand action to a sporter pattern will cost you a grand +/- a few quid. It will probably take 2-4 months depending on the smith. Factor in the cost of the donor action at £250-£400. If you require a new trigger and bottom metal add another £300-£400. You will have a fantastic rifle, barreled, chambered, and stocked to your tastes which will be worth 60-70% max what it cost you the day you bring it home.
I am not knocking it, I have done it and am very happy, but understand resale value will be poor.
Now if you are more clever than me, watch out on guntrader, do a search by whatever calibre you have on your ticket every week, and sooner or later a very tasty second hand semi custom will turn up for a lot less than the above.
If you are on a limited budget, go to guntrader again and pick up a really decent older Sako for £500-£600 and be very happy. If you must have a new rifle on a budget, get a Howa.
Forget the T3.
This 260rem has been on sale for at least the last six months. He is asking too much money for it due to the original stock. £1100-£1200 is more like the price:
I think in fairness there is a trend for people to rebarrel too soon, these barrels that sako/tikka are putting on their rifles can take thousands of rounds, failing this when I asked why it was so expensive to rebarrel I was advised that Walther were amongst the cheapest.
If you can improve the finish of the standard stock on the old tikka then that would cut out the hassle of finding a replacement. An alternative factory stock would be a cheap option,but not easy if you are talking about an M55/M65 where parts aren't easy to come by.
The McMillans are a lot of money for a sporter style stock,I would probably not go down this route again.
Thanks very much for all the help!
I would have been more inclined to go down the custom route if there was only a couple of 100 quids difference in the price; as I'm aware the older tikkas are far better quality than the T3, (I was being optamistic though! ).
now....without opening a can of worms; is the xbolt a better gun than the T3, ( I personally thinks it looks better but my local dealer was steering me towards the T3).
Again many thanks!
Is the old tikka really a turd? If it's just cosmetic damage & the seller can account for it's use then you may be onto a winner.
Originally Posted by CZ452
There was a couple but all ex forrestry,(and fairly battered ).