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Maybe this has already been discussed before. Scenario: you have an unlimited supply of cash and all the time in the world. What rifle would you build? What parts and companies would you choose?
Personally I tend to agree with Mel on some things. I do love the Parker-Hale M85. I would need a detachable ( at least) 10 round mag, a McMillan McHale stock, preferably large bolt handle but probably not the camo paint scheme. I would also need iron sights as well as the best Leupold scope money can buy.

How bout the rest of you?
 

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First I'd start off with a McBros Single shot 50 caliber action, right hand bolt/left hand port. Install a timmeny trigger set to 14oz. Chamfer the bolt and blueprint the action(like its nessicary) and slap it in a McMillian 50 take down stock. Make sure everything is bedded and use hex head screws on everything. I'd buy a lilja 40inch 1 in 15" RH twist fluted 2in stainless steel barrel with an integrated muzzle brake. Teflon coat everything. Top it off with a Harris bipod and a NightForce 5.5-22x NXS held on by the best rings and crap I could find.

Or hell, A Les Baer AR-15 in .204 Ruger would work. Same scope.

Or for that matter an SC1 in .243 with a 20 inch lilja number 7 contour. Leupold vx-III 4-12x with leupold double dovetail rings and bases. Trigger set to 2 pounds even. Harris Bipod and a Tac Ops dragbag.

Actually Im probably going to be buying that last one mel, if you agree and after christmas is over.
 

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My idea rifle?

A good condition Le Enfield no.4 in .303 or .308, with all the metal parts re-blackened, the lugs lapped, a new barrel with glass bedding, and the stock sanded and laminated.

Most C&R fans would lynch me for it mind.
 

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Spade,

Sure thing... we can do that! (Barrel choice will crank up price though...)

Hum, there are so many rifles I would love to build if I had the money. Believe it or not, a .50 BMG is not one of them though. I've used them, and they have a purpose, just not something I am chomping at the bit to add to my personal inventory.

Right now, there is a 6.5x55 that I am dreaming of building, I plan to do it after the SC2, SC3, and SC4 prototypes are done. It will be for my own collection and will be an SC3 with McMillan Win Marksman stock with spacer system, #7 (maybe #8) 26" tube....

The SC2 is also a dream rifle to put together to, I'm really excited for it.

man... it changes daily, but for now this SC3 6.5 has my interest.

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man... it changes daily
Isn't that the truth.

Well if I had all the time in the world and an ulimited amount of money. Heck I would buy every rifle I saw almost, lol. But if I had to choose one or two they would be.

A 6.5-284 in a Remington action, on a McMillan A1 stock. With a 24 inch Krieger barrel. Versa Bi-Pod. And to top it all off with Leupold Mark 4 rings and a Leupold Mark 4 3.5-10x40mm LR/T M1 Illuminated Reticle. All of it accurized (with the bedding, floating, squaring, ect.) and a Teflon coating on all the exterior. Man after I think about that it would cost so much.

Second choice would be something a little different. A Springfield M25 White Feather with a Leupold scope, I don't know which one to pick for this rifle. And of the Tactical scopes would do.

Those are my choices. It's funny how I have the ability to pick the most expensive thing. I could be at a restaurant and I don't even have to look at the menu and pick the most expensive thing. I guess I just have that gift, well I'm just rambling.
 

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If I had an unlimited amount of cash, I'd buy the firearm that I was allowed to test fire this past weekend.

It was a pistol with a shoulder stock. A model 1904 German Naval Luger. The pistol was in near mint condition with all original matching parts. The bluing was stunningly beautiful. Deutsche Waffen und Munitionfabriken used fire and rust blueing back then.

The pistol makes my Rolex watch seem crude by comparsion.

Now my friend actually shoots this pistol--even though it is valued at between 75 and 100 grand.

I was able to empty a magazine at a silhouette target one hundred meters away. And all of my shots hit the silhouette. It was amazingly accurate with the shoulder stock.

Mad
 

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Speaking of all this custom gun stuff... Mel, how would your SC1 compare in price to say a 700p with a glass bedded mcmillan stock installed with a butt adjuster system? I've been thinkin of doing this conversion but I figured if yours is around the same price what the heck. Also have you given any thought to somehow making an SC with the mchale stock? I know then you'd need an internal mag or a single shot. If I got an SC, is it possible to mount iron sights on it as well? Maybe the detachble ones as on the M24.
 

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I don't need a lot of money since I already own two of them.

Winchseter Model 70 in 30-06. Gets the job done, and it is a helluva lot cheaper than the super-50 cal.
 

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Speaking of all this custom gun stuff... Mel, how would your SC1 compare in price to say a 700p with a glass bedded mcmillan stock installed with a butt adjuster system? I've been thinkin of doing this conversion but I figured if yours is around the same price what the heck. Also have you given any thought to somehow making an SC with the mchale stock? I know then you'd need an internal mag or a single shot. If I got an SC, is it possible to mount iron sights on it as well? Maybe the detachble ones as on the M24.
Well, I guess that depends on who does the work for you on the 700p (or if you do it your self) and what McMillan stock.

700P - $650 (if you shop)
McMillan A2-A5 with spacer system - $565 retail (give or take depending on exact options)
Glass bedding - $80 (depends on who does it for you, or if you do it)

That puts you just about $1300, not counting little things like shipping or anything.

For the same A2-A5 stocks with spacer system, my SC1s are $1750.

So, it depends on if you like the extra features on the SC rifles. (large bolt handles, teflon coating, accurized actions, etc). If you are on a budget, that $1300 looks good, and gets you a semi-custom and nice field rifle. (heh, nothing like talking people OUT of buying your product)

Of course, another option, is the SC1 or SC1A1 with added spacer system, which makes it $1600. ($1500 + $100 for spacer)
Also, SC3 or SC3A1 with MT Rifleman Action, with spacer system added, making it $1550. ($1450 + $100 for spacer)

well, obviously there are choices!! I like them all :D

In terms of McHale - Yes, it is something I'm seriously thinking about, but need to build one as a prototype to see exactly how it'll work. Man, I love that stock.

As of right now, no, I haven't devoted any resources or attention to doing iron sites. I'm sure we could if I wanted to go down that route, just haven't devoted time/resources to it.

MEL
 

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A 6.5-284 in a Remington action, on a McMillan A1 stock. With a 24 inch Krieger barrel. Versa Bi-Pod. And to top it all off with Leupold Mark 4 rings and a Leupold Mark 4 3.5-10x40mm LR/T M1 Illuminated Reticle. All of it accurized (with the bedding, floating, squaring, ect.) and a Teflon coating on all the exterior. Man after I think about that it would cost so much.
Well, depends on what you consider costing too much, but for just the rifle (less mounts and optics) its not that bad. I'd build it for $1650 with the Krieger barrel. The whole package (your spec'd optics mounted on the mk4 rings and bases and versa pod) for $2800. Seems reasonable to me :D

Only problem I see is that the versa-pod spigot will not properly fit on the A1 stock because its not tall enough, to use the versa-pod you would need the version that mounts on the swivel stud

MEL
 
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