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Old 05-15-2017, 08:50 AM   #1
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If you could only have one rifle for everything you hunt and you were getting a custom built, what rifle would you buy? I'm just curious as I'm considering selling a few rifles to pay for one really nice custom that I'll use for a majority of my hunting. Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:56 AM   #2
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:57 AM   #3
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7 rem mag or 300 wm.

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Old 05-15-2017, 08:58 AM   #4
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.300 RUM suppressed for me.

Though I do love my 6.5 Grendel.........but it will not anchor at distance like the Rum will.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:01 AM   #5
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308, 7mag or a 300 of any variance
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.300 RUM suppressed for me.

Though I do love my 6.5 Grendel.........but it will not anchor at distance like the Rum will.
X2

My next gun will be a custom 300 rum.. or win mag... I'm indecisive
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:05 AM   #7
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I know pretty plain but I would have to say 30-06 if I was going to have only one.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:08 AM   #8
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My next gun will be a custom 300 rum.. or win mag... I'm indecisive
I prefer a cartridge that headspaces off the shoulder rather than the belt.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:17 AM   #9
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You can headspace a belted cartridge off of the shoulder. Most that reload do.
I like my 6.5 SAUM if you reload. If you don't reload, get a 7 mag.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:18 AM   #10
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:40 AM   #11
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:04 AM   #12
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6.5 saum or some version of 7mm
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:06 AM   #13
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.264 win mag for me
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:21 AM   #14
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.300 Remington Ultra Mag here.
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Old 05-15-2017, 11:52 AM   #15
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Apparently we have quite a lot of moose / polar bear hunters

For Texas game, any of the common 6.5 variants (6.5x47, 6.5 CM, 6.5x284, 6.5x55, 6.5 SAUM, 260 Rem) are perfect. Personally I like 6.5 CM if you don't reload and maybe if you do; 6.5 SAUM/GAP4S is also very appealing but only if you do.

If you think you'll go on an occasional Alaskan moose hunt and 6.5 is not enough... buy a second gun just for that. Seriously. We've all had that "one gun to rule them all" quest, and in the end you'll be disappointed with a gun that isn't ideal for anything.
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:07 PM   #16
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Apparently we have quite a lot of moose / polar bear hunters

For Texas game, any of the common 6.5 variants (6.5x47, 6.5 CM, 6.5x284, 6.5x55, 6.5 SAUM, 260 Rem) are perfect. Personally I like 6.5 CM if you don't reload and maybe if you do; 6.5 SAUM/GAP4S is also very appealing but only if you do.

If you think you'll go on an occasional Alaskan moose hunt and 6.5 is not enough... buy a second gun just for that. Seriously. We've all had that "one gun to rule them all" quest, and in the end you'll be disappointed with a gun that isn't ideal for anything.
No, I have just had more than one deer at 300yds that if you did not anchor in the sendero would become almost impossible to find. If I am limiting my choice to one rifle then the rifle has to do this. Most of the time I hunt with a much smaller gun.
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:22 PM   #17
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If it had to be one rifle/caliber for everything I'd go with a 7 rem mag or a 300wm. Can reliably take down anything in NA (short for maybe a grizzly) and ammo can be bought anywhere. Ammo availability rules out the RUMs and oddball (weatherby, SAUM, etc. etc.) calibers. 30.06, 308, and 270 are a bit light for a moose, but could do the job. Wouldn't go with a 6.5 variety for both ammo availability and slightly small for larger animals, though they would do the job for the most part.

All that being said, I'd rather have 4 $1000 guns in various calibers than 1 $4000 gun in a "do it all" caliber. For hunting purposes, a $4000 gun can't do anything more than a $1000 can do. This is assuming you aren't a long range hunter who needs an extremely accurate gun.
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:49 PM   #18
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:57 PM   #19
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:58 PM   #20
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Also curious what gun smith or shop you would buy from?
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:07 PM   #21
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26 nosler gets my vote
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:21 PM   #22
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280 Ackley

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Old 05-15-2017, 02:23 PM   #23
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I just got my total custom 6.5 creedmor back recently. I can kill everything in Texas. I started with a Remington 700 action.
The 6.5 outperforms the .308 beyond 1000yds

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Old 05-15-2017, 02:27 PM   #24
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:14 PM   #25
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:17 PM   #26
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Really need to know what all you hunt. 223 ok for prairie dogs but brown bear kinda lacking.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:25 PM   #27
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:49 PM   #28
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The .280 Rem that APR built for me.
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:22 PM   #29
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I was not intending to start a which is the best cartridge debate haha. I was more interested in what custom rifles people have experience with and if u had to choose one, what would you buy? Mcwhorter, Gunwerks, Horizons, APR, WTO, etc...
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:40 PM   #30
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From what I've seen WTO and APR shoot with the best of them without raping your pocketbook. Some of the others are just ridiculously priced

WTO is gonna be building mine
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:43 PM   #31
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:51 PM   #32
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Very Happy with Horizon, they are currently building me another.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:52 PM   #33
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Another for the 280 ackley, though I'm shooting the 280 rem (which shoots so well I can't bring myself to re-chamber it).
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:37 PM   #34
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GA precision, more affordable than you may think, their Templar v1 and v2 actions are built by defiance.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:55 PM   #35
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APR is building one for my sons graduation present right now. Good price great people real helpful.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:03 PM   #36
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APR is building a 300WM for me now. Hope to have it by the end of next month.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:48 AM   #37
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GA precision, more affordable than you may think, their Templar v1 and v2 actions are built by defiance.
IMO, $3200 for a trued Rem 700 "Base Custom Rifle" is absurd .... you're paying for a name and the GAP rollstamp. I can build the exact same rifle for $1000 less, and it will shoot just as accurate.

http://www.gaprecision.net/ga-precis...tom-rifle.html

George does excellent work but he's no different than Jarrett, Sisk, McWhorter, Hill Country Rifles, etc.... great marketers who found a clientele that will pay their inflated selling price.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:50 AM   #38
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:52 AM   #39
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308. Light fast loads for small critters, big heavy loads for anything in the contential US.
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Default vote for APR rifles

I have been able to shoot most of the high end customs - McWhorter, HCR, TCR, LRI, etc. but honestly for the money - you can't beat what Alamo Precision Rifles builds. I have 2 guns built by them, and they're working on a 3rd lightweight one right now. Both of them are easy 1/2 MOA and if I'm in the right mind set - more like 1/4 MOA. My BIL also has 2 guns built by APR and they also shoot the same.

Calibers so far are 270 weatherby, 7-08, and 28 nosler. They are building a 300 RUM for me right now.

My favorite thing about APR is their customer service, they don't mind bs'ing over the phone over build ideas, parts, calibers, etc. I also like that at least for me, they are local and a short drive away if I ever want to drop in and bounce some ideas of off them. Their price is competitive but not double what it actually costs to build one - like some of the others listed just because their name is on it.

Here's a few pics from my phone of groups with my APR rifles, most of them are with my lightweight 270 weatherby, which I've shot several groups in the .1's and .2's with - which for that caliber and a 7.5lb gun I feel is about as good as you can get it to shoot.

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Look at those ABLRs !!!! Who said they wouldn't shoot?
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Look at those ABLRs !!!! Who said they wouldn't shoot?


They are finicky as all heck but they DO shoot!
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Apr building mine now... i went 308 to finish out my nato set.

For do all caliber, prob 300wm...

I got a bid from Horizon a few years ago... and all I'll say again. Alamo is building mine. Jason and Robert are great guys with a great shop

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Old 05-16-2017, 06:42 PM   #45
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APR was the cheapest quote I got from anyone even on full custom
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I have two custom rifles.

A .300 WM from APR,

And a 6.5 CM from Short Action Customs

I would put my vote from my experience on Short Action Customs, every little thing on it is perfect. It's a tack driver as well. Great experience dealing with the gang there. Given the budget to do another I wouldn't go anywhere else.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:24 PM   #47
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Lots of good stuff so far. Thanks guys!
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Old 05-17-2017, 06:13 PM   #48
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I would put my vote from my experience on Short Action Customs, every little thing on it is perfect.

Mark's work is absolutely flawless , some of the best I've ever seen !

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IMO, $3200 for a trued Rem 700 "Base Custom Rifle" is absurd .... you're paying for a name and the GAP rollstamp. I can build the exact same rifle for $1000 less, and it will shoot just as accurate.

http://www.gaprecision.net/ga-precis...tom-rifle.html

George does excellent work but he's no different than Jarrett, Sisk, McWhorter, Hill Country Rifles, etc.... great marketers who found a clientele that will pay their inflated selling price.
I agree with you 100%, no way I'd buy that either. I recently bought a 260 from them with defiance action, Bartlein barrel, hs stock ( I know, I know not a McMillan) cerakote, and even had the stock dipped by them for $2750 including shipping. Like I said, you'd be surprised.

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Old 05-17-2017, 07:24 PM   #50
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I agree with you 100%, no way I'd buy that either. I recently bought a 260 from them with defiance action, Bartlein barrel, hs stock ( I know, I know not a McMillan) cerakote, and even had the stock dipped by them for $2750 including shipping. Like I said, you'd be surprised.
Brand new? That sounds close to what they had in it
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