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J & R Guns Repair Service
515277252
725 38Th St
Des Moines, IA
 
Wilson, David Scott
515279596
4108 27Th St
Des Moines, IA
 
Paw'S Guns
515276967
13309 Douglas Parkway
Urbandale, IA
 
Luckytoad Outpost
515369839
2902 160Th Street
Urbandale, IA
 
Continental Firearms Distributing
515262603
450 N Hickory Blvd
Pleasant Hill, IA
 
Smg, Ltd
515245445
1163 24Th St 299
Des Moines, IA
 
Dunham'S Discount Sports #1038
515276945
3800 Merle Hay Rd #960
Des Moines, IA
 
Dsm Sales
515270002
3027 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Pawn Store, The
515277487
3005 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Foust, John F
515491730
4701 Franklin
Des Moines, IA
 

A "Custom" Rifle on a Budget

Author: 
Jim Boyd

Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.

Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.

So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.

I started with a platform that I love - the Savage 10 with the Accutrigger.

Use any brand you like - this is not about name dropping. Almost all rifles, if you do your part, will shoot VERY well. The key is doing YOUR part.

At any rate, I started with a 10FP in .308... I chose this rifle because it is heavy and because, in this caliber, recoil is not bad. I dislike recoil and I think it leads to a LOT of accuracy problems.

Look at the macho guys with the 7 Mag's and the 300 WinMag's and see how they (generally) fare in the above mentioned shooting contest. These are great caliber rifles and very deadly in the hands of a "shooter" - but I have seen a lot of hunters who had these because of the caliber name and not because of the proven performance. A .243 in the hands of a good hunter is far more deadly than a 300 WinMag in the hands of someone who flinches.

The Accutrigger revolutionized factory triggers and now a lot of rifle manufacturers offer very good triggers. The Savage trigger is a true 3 lb trigger that breaks like a little tiny glass rod. A fine piece of engineering.

I purchased a Boyd's laminated thumbhole stock (no relation, unfortunately)... and it is a thing of beauty. I chose the thumbhole version because this design also helps to defray felt recoil but transmitting quite a bit of it into your thumb and palm. It makes a difference, for sure.

I cleaned the stock real well and then (after reading extensively) glass bedded the action into the stock. I will leave this process for another post but it is not nearly as hard or as complicated as you might think. This was my first glass bedding ever and I must say, it came out very well... both pieces fit very well and "snap" together like pieces of a puzzle. Using the correct torque values, I put the action screws in.

I added a Sims pad to the rear of the stock to further help reduce the felt recoil.

Using Leupold mounts and 30 mm rings, I then mounted the scope. In this case, I added a premium scope - the Meopta 3-12x56. While not cheap, these scopes are a joy to behold... again, this is not about names, you can use the glass and mounts of your preference. The rings are aligned and lapped and it is all put together, again, using the correct torque values.

I lean toward good glass - scopes and binoculars - in my opinion, buy once and cry once.

Then, it is off to the range for some fun!

The rifle is broken in following the manufacturers specifications and then I am down to se...

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