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What % of your rifles are complete ... rifle, optics, accessories, ammunition, etc?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MCMXI, Aug 23, 2010.

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What % of your rifles are complete i.e. rifle, sights, accessories, ammunition etc?

  1. 0% ... it's never ending

    4.7%
  2. 0% ... but I'm trying

    8.5%
  3. Around 20% ... not even close

    0.8%
  4. Around 40% ... making some progress

    9.3%
  5. Around 60% ... over half way

    7.0%
  6. Around 80% ... getting there

    23.3%
  7. Around 100% ... but still a couple of things to do

    24.8%
  8. 100% ... I'm done and it feels great

    21.7%
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  1. MCMXI

    MCMXI Member

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    How many rifles do you have that you can honestly say are 100% complete in terms of all of the things you have done or plan to do, both in terms of the rifle itself and the ammunition for that rifle? For example, at one end of the scale is a totally factory rifle with iron sights in which you only shoot factory ammunition. You've picked one factory load that you like, you've sighted in the rifle, you have no plans to change anything ... you're done. At the other end of the scale is a custom rifle or factory rifle that you have lots of plans for that may include some or all of the following:

    Optics
    Optics mount
    Back up sights
    Stock
    Barrel
    Bolt
    Trigger
    Magazines
    Finish
    Sling
    Reloads
    Factory ammunition

    I don't have a huge collection of rifles (19 at present) but I can't honestly say that any of them are done :( . I'll readily admit that I wish I had some that were finished to the extent that any or all upgrades were completed and I had loads dialed in, either reloads of factory, with no plans to do any more load development for different bullets, powder, primers etc. All I would have to do is make up (or buy) some ammunition and shoot.

    So be honest, where do you stand? Feel free to provide details.

    :)
     
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  2. KW

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    0% as of right now. I've got one AR that still needs backup irons (has optics) and could use some other slight tweaks. I've got an AR lower that I built earlier this year, but it still needs an upper. And I've got a sporterized Enfield that I'm going to put back to it's issued configuration as a project for this winter. But hey, isn't the tinkering a big part of the fun?
     
  3. Mags

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    Just got a new AR that needs a scope, sling attachments, and a red dot.
     
  4. MCMXI

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    I agree with you, but at the same time, it'd be nice to have some order amidst the chaos! I'm trying to get a couple of rifles DONE ... just to give me hope and a sense of what it could be like to enjoy a rifle for what it is rather than what it could be. This isn't a complaint, just an observation and I'm genuinely interested to see how many members face a similar situation to me.

    :)
     
  5. SaxonPig

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    When I was young I would have long term projects. Now I am not interested in such things. I either buy the gun complete or dump it in the lap of a gunsmith with instructions to finish it ASAP.
     
  6. MCMXI

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    And the ammunition?

    :)
     
  7. kis2

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    dangerous thread... surely you can't ask us all to be honest with ourselves about our gun lust?!

    well, the 700 is getting a new stock that is being made now, I have to finish working up handloads, but besides that (and routine maintenance upgrades like a new barrel when this one is shot out), its done. but for the poll, not done yet.

    my SKS is done. tried the accessorie route there, but I like it plain jane.

    old .22 is staying the same.

    mosin needs a PU scope.

    shotgun needs to be bought, but doesnt fall in the rifle category anyhow.

    so a little less than half? 40%? and I'm a guy who likes them pretty stock.

    don't judge me :rolleyes: oh and if my wife sees this, it's more like 80%.
     
  8. ScratchnDent

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    90% of mine are complete. Of course, they are mostly mil-surps, so beyond a good cleaning and working up a couple good loads, I don't do anything to them.

    I have a Savage bolt action in .308 that wants a nicer scope one of these days, and may be re-barreled in .260 when I eventually shoot this one out, but otherwise has been serving me very well as-is for several years.

    Part of me is tempted to trick out my 10/22, but it also serves it's purpose very well as it sits now with just a set of Tech-Sights and some internal fluff and buffing.

    I have been formulating a plan for a precision rifle in 30-06 AI that could be a long term, ongoing project.
     
  9. taliv

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    Mine are prob 80%. All are finished except maybe four. My daughters ar which I'm still duracoating and needs optic. My brown gun which needs optic. My green gun which needs trigger and optic. And an ar that is just a box of parts at the moment and I really haven't decided what to do with it
     
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    I said 80% as well. Not for a lack of parts as most are built the way I want them.

    Load development, on the other hand, never ends.

    Of course, I've got 4 more ARs in various configurations rumbling around in my head...just waiting on the right moment to jump in.

    EDIT: The good thing about custom guns is you order it and wait a year or so. That gives me plenty of time to get the rest of the gear in order: dies, brass, bullets, optics, rings, bases, etc
     
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  11. Nugilum

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    I like Milsurps. Therefore most don't do the scope option.

    Out of the few that I have (those that didn't go down in that f%@#&^* boat) are done. I've made sure I have the accessories that were issued with that rifle (sling, bayonet, magazines, etc.).

    I've got 1 AR I'm still playing with. I'm debating on either an EOtech or Aimpoint and a sling. That's it.
     
  12. Geno
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    It's nice to walk into a firearms store, look around for an hour, and feel zero urge to purchase anything in the house. Seriously. :cool:

    Geno
     
  13. Ike R

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    I need folding back up irons for 2 of my AR's and my hunter needs a big scope upgrade (though I am not sure why hehe)

    Would like to get a green laser for my hunter as well, cause it's is red, and green is the new pink or something, so I heard.
     
  14. jleyring

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    Im currently building a M4 and all i have is the lower recevier built. Im changing my opitics and mounting on my AR. I hope that with my guns that there are always things that I have to do with them. it makes them more fun in my mind. My guns are hobbies so I dont ever want to be done.
     
  15. 52grain

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    Complete? How much money do you think I have? Let's see. I have a Remington 700 that needs a scope and trued action. It has the three way adjustable trigger. I had a smith adjust the trigger and it breaks like glass.

    Then I have another Remington 700 that has a scope, but needs a trigger and trued action. It has the X-Mark trigger which is pretty much abismal. (Why on earth would Remington have switched triggers to something worse and then try to market it as something better? Anyone who knows what they're doing or is willing to pay a smith to adjust it, is way better off with the old style trigger.)

    Then I have a Savage Mark II FVT that needs a new stock (and would have one if Sharp Shooter Supply would ever get things done) and a handstop. Then it will be done.

    The Garand is finished ... except that I want to get an adjustable gas plug.

    The SA-22 needs some bluing touched up.

    Another Savage Mark II that just needs to go away.

    Wow. I think that I have a problem.
     
  16. TIMC

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    Up until recently I had a lot of projects needing to be completed. I decided this summer was the time to get them all done. I had several rifles get new stocks and Harris bipods 5 guns got new optics and 2 rifles got new triggers. I also refinished the stocks on a couple BP rifles and replaced what needed fixing on them. Now for the most part they are all complete and I need range time!
     
  17. Hatterasguy

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    100%, I mostly buy milsurps. Other than a sling or bayonet their isn't much you do or add to them. Although my FN49 could use a bit of resto work at some point to make it perfect.

    New stuff I don't really tune, I buy them the way I want them.
     
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    Biggest problem is with my Encore rifle. I currently have 9 barrels I do have QR bases for each barrel and only 3 scopes for them. Nice thing about the Leupold QR system that is all of the Encore bases are the same. So I can move scopes withot ever having to worry about moving scope rings. So I can flop back and forth without changing sight height eye relief or anything like that. I have loads worked up for each barrel for a particular scope and have several rounds loaded for everything. Just can't afford 6 new Leupold scopes at the moment.
     
  19. 52grain

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    I forgot, my Garand needs a bayonet.
     
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    It's a never ending vicious cycle with me, just sent these parts to the smith today. When this one is done, another idea will pop up and on and on.....

    223AIbuild.jpg
     
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    Every one of my firearms has some little thing that I would like to do to it, whether it is a new stock, grips, scope, trigger, or a little bit of everything. Most of the time, if a gun is functional, a new one is higher on the priority list than fixing it up just how I want it.
     
  22. Geno
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    Now you're thinking like me. What I see in the gun store bores me. I'm thinking custom-built, using an A.I. 1.5 stock, a Surgeon receiver, a 1.5 pound Timney trigger, a STS Krieger barrel. Of course, I have yet to decide on a chambering, but have been pondering the possibility of a .260 Rem.

    Then, I start to ponder, would that custom-built rig shoot better than these 300 yard shots? I end up having to conceded that, perhaps|likely, not much better. Since I punch woodchucks and the like, I just can't see spending the money...yet. :uhoh: Hey, a man has to have a long-term dream to keep his heart pumping.

    But, as I said, I have utterly lost interest in anything I see in the stores.

    Geno

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  23. gun guy

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    Guns are tools, if i decide there is another relm of shooting i don't have the proper tool for, i study the situation, decide on the weapon, and accessories, purchase those items, take the weapon home, clean it, add the needed parts, and it's off to the range. At the end of the day, when that weapon has been sighted in, recleaned, and i put it in the safe, it is ready to go to do the job intended. I have begun to realize, I dont have an elephant rifle :eek: what if i should discover at 2am i suddenly need to hunt an elephant? This is my most recent quandry.
     
  24. WVMountainBoy

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    I don't usually buy project rifles. If I buy a rifle that is going to take a scope I usually get the scope same shopping trip, along with the mounts for said scope. I only have one rifle that has a sling, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to stay that way. I've also found my favored rounds for all of my current owns.
     
  25. Heavies

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    Come on now guy. I wish I could have that many...:p My wife would have a fit.

    I only got two right now, and one on the way. I still gotta explain why I need so many guns.:D

    I gotta say my ought six was almost there, with loads and all, But Hornady is having some kind of issues supplying bullets right now. I'm all out of the ones I need so that is now out the door. I had other things in mind for this rifle too, but that's not gonna happen any time soon.

    The rifle on order is taking painfully slow, but I hope when it gets here I'll have all my ducks in a row, and I can complete that one quickly.:rolleyes:

    My newest .22lr gave me the runaround. I found the ammo that'll shoot the lights out. It was OK for a few hundred rounds, now it like them so much it won't spit out the spent case! :eek: Back to the drawing board on that one too.

    I voted 0% and working on it, but now, come to think about it, I think it's a never ending party.

    If it was ever complete, it would be boring!:cool:
     
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