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    Custom Rifles

    I know, I know, this isn't the place to be posting about Custom Rifles, but I was hoping I might get a select category of opinion if I launch this topic from one of the more technical sections of the forum.

    I am looking to get a custom rifle made - goes without saying that I am after accuracy - but was looking for a practically tough, light-weight mountain rifle as may be styled by the Kiwis. Can anyone from their own experience suggest some better-value rifle builders ie. would it be financially sensible or even viable to get a rifle build in the States / NZ and import, or have a UK-built rifle?

    Within the UK, who offers a good build for an affordable price? For example, I know Callum Ferguson builds v. good rifles, but he soars above my budget.

    I want to emphasise I'd rather pay the money though if there is a risk the build won't be good. Any advice or experience-share appreciated.

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    Niel mc cullop

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    your looking a 1300 ish for a semi custom from rifle craft in norfolk and 2000 ish for a full custom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Straker View Post
    I know, I know, this isn't the place to be posting about Custom Rifles, but I was hoping I might get a select category of opinion if I launch this topic from one of the more technical sections of the forum.

    I am looking to get a custom rifle made - goes without saying that I am after accuracy - but was looking for a practically tough, light-weight mountain rifle as may be styled by the Kiwis. Can anyone from their own experience suggest some better-value rifle builders ie. would it be financially sensible or even viable to get a rifle build in the States / NZ and import, or have a UK-built rifle?

    Within the UK, who offers a good build for an affordable price? For example, I know Callum Ferguson builds v. good rifles, but he soars above my budget.

    I want to emphasise I'd rather pay the money though if there is a risk the build won't be good. Any advice or experience-share appreciated.
    From personal experience, I would recommend Border Barrels.

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    Talk to Redmist on these forums. The work he has featured in his posts looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post
    From personal experience, I would recommend Border Barrels.
    Henry

    Dennis Groom built mine when he was head gunsmith at Border Barrels. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of semi or full custom builds.

    Unless you want to go for a custom action (around 1000) the best way to start would be with a basic Remington or Sako actioned rifle. There are any number of cheap used rifles on the go. Don't be put off by the overall condition of the rifle as it will all be binned except for the action.

    Dennis is a mate of mine and I know he won't mind you contacting him, he is on this site under the name 'Dennisgrm'. He is now away from Border but now doing stuff under his own name. You could not go wrong by dropping him a pm for an idea of cost. I won't be far off the mark by suggesting his will be around half what Precision Rifle Services would charge. Remember you can do bits to the base rifle as you have the cash, it dose not have to be a full custom job right from the off. If you have a look at my profile there is a photo of the rifle he built for me. He also has a post selling one of his and there is a photo included. It's under 6.5x47 Lapua for sale.

    I will leave the rest for the expert to comment on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Straker View Post
    I know, I know, this isn't the place to be posting about Custom Rifles, but I was hoping I might get a select category of opinion if I launch this topic from one of the more technical sections of the forum.

    I am looking to get a custom rifle made - goes without saying that I am after accuracy - but was looking for a practically tough, light-weight mountain rifle as may be styled by the Kiwis. Can anyone from their own experience suggest some better-value rifle builders ie. would it be financially sensible or even viable to get a rifle build in the States / NZ and import, or have a UK-built rifle?

    Within the UK, who offers a good build for an affordable price? For example, I know Callum Ferguson builds v. good rifles, but he soars above my budget.

    I want to emphasise I'd rather pay the money though if there is a risk the build won't be good. Any advice or experience-share appreciated.

    like every thing it depends on what your wanting it for..
    is the accuracy for long distance (1000 meters +)
    is the accuracy for closer shots
    is it for targets/beasts

    i met a guy at a meeting not long ago whom is starting up in this field, came highly recommended

    i will find his details and pm them to you

    frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by leec6.5 View Post
    your looking a 1300 ish for a semi custom from rifle craft in norfolk and 2000 ish for a full custom
    Not heard good things about him, be careful, buy ***** buy twice!

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    In no particular order.....

    Redmist
    Dasherman
    Steve Kershaw

    All have done custom and semi custom projects for me in the past, and all are excellent, good service, sensible prices.

    Good Luck with your choices and with the eventual result.

    Best

    P

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    i have one by steve bowers , specialist rifle services , i cant fault it . He will do anything you want from blue printing to full custom builds , you may have to wait a while because he is busy , but thats a good sign . Ive seen alot of his work and cant fault it for looks or performance , have a look at the web site and give him a call

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