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What makes a "custom" rifle different than a factory rifle?

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Stock, barrel, trigger, many things

Stock can be customized to fit your particular size

Barrels are of varying quality, thickness and length

Triggers for lighter and cleaner pulls

Those are just a general group of the difference. Customized to the customers needs and wants. You wouldnt take a typical "hunting" rifle to a 1000 yrd compitition, just as you wouldnt want to take a heavy barreled 1000 yrd rifle on a hunt.

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There should be a bunch of clean up in the action too. Clean up the threds and square the bolt face. Well done bedding, pillars or some mono blocks. Barrels usually lapped. I have a custom springfield made by Paul Jarger over 60 yrs ago. You wouldn't believe the workmanship.

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Hey Don... I ran accross this a while back and rememberd seeing it. Thought it would be an interesting read on Fire Lapping for you

http://www.bellmtcs.com/FAQ/Fire_Lapping.htm

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Factory rifle: You take what they give you. The bad along with the good.

Custom rifle: You pay top dollar, and you get exactly what you want. There ain't no bad.

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That was intresting cam, thanks. Gives me an idea for a new thread.

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Yeah... Gives me the idea that if im going to use my existing calibre then rather than fire lapping, I should bore polish instead.

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Custom rifles are made by hand by professional gunsmiths.

Factory rifles are high production/ assembly line products. The parts maybe of lesser quality, tolerances are greater and fitting not too good.

Bottom Line = You get what you pay for!

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The answers above are good, and I have little substance to add to them. I have a couple of rifles my father built which have some features associated with custom rifles.

The length of pull is 15 1/2 inches in both rifles. I think the customary length of pull on factory built rifles is 13 1/2 inches. I prefer the 15 1/2 inch pull, however, because I am 6' 2" tall, taller than average, and the longer length of pull suits my size better. Additionally, these rifles weigh about 10 - 11 LBS with scopes installed, probably about 3 LBS heavier than is customary today. I think this weight difference is explained by the fact that the emphasis on lighter arms is a relatively recent phenomenon, but I'll say that I prefer the heavier rifles -- they don't kick as much and I like the steadier feel of these masses. Again, because I'm 6' 2" tall, I feel I can handle hauling an extra 3 LBS around, and I've done my share of climbing around well above tree line and know what thin air is all about. So if I were to have a custom rifle made, say a .338 Winchester magnum, I would like it to be made with a longer length of pull than that of factory rifles, I would like a bigger swell in the pistol grip to fit my bigger hand (oversized hands even relative to my above average height, I think), I would like an unorthodox forward sweep in the pistol grip (just a little, not an exaggerated sweep), and I might have some specific ideas about how I would like the cheek piece shaped, for example including a moderate roll-over effect (somewhat out-dated and abhorred by current minimalism stock styles). I would like a 26" barrel, and I would like a heavier contour barrel than the standard thin contour sporter barrels. I would like the action trued and perhaps other accurizing jobs conducted. I might be interested in some tasteful engraving that I choose and oversee. I might have some special metal work done on the end of the bolt handle.

So . . . a custom rifle, like a custom home, is distinguished by being the opposite of "one size fits all" or the opposite of "ready to wear, off the shelf" thinking. EVERYTHING is on the table for adjusting and tuning -- from issues that may improve accuracy of the rifle to issues that fit the rifle specifcally to an individual's body build to issues of idiosyncratic personal aesthetic tastes.

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