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What is your Dream Custom Sport Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mickeydim468, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. mickeydim468

    mickeydim468 Member

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    I have a unique opportunity to have a sport rifle built for me by someone who is known country wide, if not world wide, for very little to no cost compared to what he normally gets for his rifles!

    For example... the $1000.00 custom barrel is costing me $150.00 for the blank and he is working it for me. The action is his gift to me, the trigger will be maybe 10% of cost, and he is making the stock from scratch. So for less than $500.00, glass included, I will be getting a rifle worth $5000.00 to $10,000.00 or more.

    My question to you is this: What caliber should I have him chamber it in? I live on the South West Coast of Oregon and game ranges from Cougar to Black Bear, also deer and elk and everything in between. I have a .303 and a 30.06 already. What do you think about a 300 Win Mag?

    This will be a rifle that I will pass down to my children as the maker may as well be my dad, he has been a father figure to me since I was 16 and he took over when my dad died. He taught me a trade and that is the trade I have worked for 25 years. This isn't about getting something to make money with, it is about getting something that this great guy wants to build me before he too dies, and now I have the wonderful chance to dream a little... Would you please help me dream, so my good friend can make it come true? Please no AR etc, that's not what he wants to build me. He said he want it to be a sporter hunting rifle. He is building it on a Mauser 98 action if that helps.

    I know I said on the Mil-Surp thread about would you want an enemy's weapon if you knew it was used against Americans that I did not want to own a Mauser, but what can I do? He is giving it to me, and because he is a father figure, that is good enough for me.

    Thanks for your input, I sure do appreciate it!

    Mikey!
     
  2. RonE

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    I think .300 Win Mag is an excellent choice if your action is going to be long enough and I believe Mod 98 Mausers are. I would have a 24" barrel and a high quality scope not to exceed 10X. If you are making it a lightweight rifle, perhaps a Leopold Compact 2.5X8 VX III

    I would also want an oil finished walnut stock, and high gloss blue finish.

    Even though $10,000 Mauser rifles are few and far between, it sounds like quite a deal to me, have fun with it.
     
  3. mickeydim468

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    I was guessing at the upper limit there; but I know he sells his rifles for a hell of a lot more than I can afford. I have 4 kids so the $400.00 is having to come over time. LOL!

    Thanks for your reply!

    Mikey!
     
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    I think that's great, and to some extent I envy you.

    Don't know much about .300WM, but if I were buying a rifle that I intended to pass to my children I would want to be damn sure that they'd have the ability to get ammo for it, otherwise it's merely an ornament. That's why I'd vote for a military caliber- .308.
     
  5. Travis Bickle

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    I've heard good things about .338 Lapua, but I don't know if that's too powerful for a Mauser action.
     
  6. jim in Anchorage

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    Wasting a gun like that in .308? Please. You can form 300 WM from any number of mag cases,including 375 H&H,which I think is going to be around a while. Besides, would you be all that ticked if you inherited a 35 Newton from Grampa?
     
  7. mickeydim468

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    Good posts so far guys Keep 'em coming...

    Here is another thought; What trigger and glass would you put on it and why?

    As far as the stock goes, I do not have a say in it. When I said I would like the stock in xxx wood or composite xxx or laminate same thing. He said I know what to do Mike, How long have I known you and visa-versa? He also said "Don't worry, I will make it pretty!" So I am just going to trust him on that one. I haven't seen him make a gun yet that didn't totally make me drool, so I am sure it will be awesome.

    All I know is I am so excited that the anticipation is killing me. He said he will be bringing it to me up in Northern Nevada where he has a hunt for us planned. He is even getting our tags and knows the land owner who he regularly hunts at and it is over 1000 acres. He never comes home empty handed. He said I could break in my new gun on that hunt. He actually holds the world record for largest badger on record. I may have to wait for Elk season to get it, but what the heck!

    Mikey!
     
  8. SavageMOA

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    Man Mickey! What'd you do to get this guy to be so generous?? It's heartwarming to hear about things like this. Thank the Lord for good friends.
     
  9. mickeydim468

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    You know, stuff like this never happens to me. He has efectively been my dad for 25 years and we are also truly best friends. He started making custom guns 5 years after we met and has been doing it ever since. So he's been doing it for 20 years or so. I lost touch with him for a while and found him again a few years back. We haven't lost touch and never will again.

    As you put it... Thank you lord for good friends. I will always be his friend! Not because he is giving me a rifle, but because he and I are Father and son, and I got to choose mine!


    Mikey!
     
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    A .243 Winchester is never a wasted caliber at any price

    My Customized .243 Winchester Remington 700 never lets me down afield. Of course, this involves my custom handloads. Proper bullets involve REAL lead within bonded jackets. Maximum velocity requirements are a given; Bullets starting out the muzzle at less than 3000 fps leave me queasy. Lock-Time works best with Tubb speed-lock components. I may be unsteady, but my bullets are gone before I SHAKE. My targets quiver before I do. Speed Kills! Ask any Feral Hog what it thought about my Speer Grand Slam hits. Sorry, they can't answer anymore. cliffy
     
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    mine is already put together.... Savage (BAT)S..... check it out and let the chills go down your spine...
     
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    If I was buying a custom rifle on the classic Mauser action I would choose the classic caliber, 7X57 Mauser.

    It would be a good choice for everything you hunt except probably Elk, even then, if you choose your shot, it is adequate.

    If you are passing it down choose something that makes it special. Other choices might be 375 H&H, 25.06 or 257 Roberts.

    Enjoy and good luck on your choice.
     
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    "He actually holds the world record for largest badger on record." They have records for badgers?:confused:
     
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    a .375H&H is never a waste. Get a classic.
     
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    If this rifle is being built on a military Mauser 98 action then .375H&H is out since the cartridge is too long. If it is a magnum Mauser action then he is in business if he wants a .375H&H.

    .375 Ruger might be a valid alternative in the standard length Mauser action. However unless he intends to shoot big bitey scratchy or stompy animals it may be a bit much.

    .300 WIN is a fine cartridge, and so is the .338 WIN for that matter.
     
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    How about a 7mm Rem Mag? It's flat shooting, powerful enough for elk, fairly common and it won't dislocate your shoulder.

    Considering that it's a sporting rifle, I wouldn't want to put too large of a scope on it. I think a 3-12x40 would be about ideal.

    Better yet, you might just tell him what you want to use it for and just let him surprise you. My guess is that after building custom rifles for 20 years he probably has a better idea of what works than 99% of shooters.
     
  17. jim in Anchorage

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    You can run a 375H&H in a standard Mauser. The feed ramp has to be ground,the magazine box lengthened,etc. But it can[and has many times] been done. Personally I would go with a 358 Norma mag. 2700-2800 fps 250 grain 35 in a 06 length action has merits. But I hunt some big critters,so that may be not what the OP is after.
     
  18. mickeydim468

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    Jim,
    I don't know if they actually have records of badgers but I have never seen a 69 pound badger before. My pops is usually full of it anyway. I think he was the original BS'er. That's what he told me anyhow. That it was some kind of world record or something. If you want to see him and his 69 pound badger, here is a link to his picture with it!

    http://www.sierrabullets.com/index.cfm?section=successes&page=hunting&startrow=26

    Looks record size to me. :D

    His pic is the bottom one. The one with the badger. He he! :what:
     
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    get it chambered in .408 or .416 ;)
     
  20. jim in Anchorage

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    Unfortunately my computer is acting up so I can't open the link But 69 lbs? He must have lived next to a pizza hut Dumpster. I never weigh them but I would call a 15lb a Boone & Crockett.
     
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    A .300 WM is an excellent choice. I love mine. However you already have a 30.06 which will work about as good. Have you thought about making it a .260 Rem? Basically the same as the 6.5x55 Swede which is a super caliber with little recoil and would be good up elk size animals. The .300 Winnie can be quite a thumper, if any of you are rcoil sensitive.
     
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    A 257 roberts with a 22" fluted barrel, model 70 action, carbon fiber stock coated with texture flat base. And a 3.25 pound trigger. If not that then a 25-06 in the same thing.
     
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    Sounds pretty obvious that he knows more than 99.99% of the entire human population.

    Let him do all of it.
     
  24. mickeydim468

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    Funny you said that, because that was his first suggestion. My reservations were that there are not that many bullet choices available. So, his second suggestion was the 300 Win Mag. I do not reload as of yet, but may sometime in the future, but until then I am very limited. At least that was my thoughts. Do you guys know something I don't know about this round???

    Mikey!
     
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    The .260 Rem would be an excellent choice and is very good at long ranges. Not a barrel burner or hard recoiling rifle. Should give you lots of good use. You want a shooter right! If you go out for some bigger game just take your 30-06 along.
     
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