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    Cost to build a basic BR rifle

    If you provide a good BR gunsmith with a new right-left Panda with guard and screws, stock that requires no painting, trigger, barrel, etc, by the time the labor is done to finish it what should it cost. I would assume glued in is the preferred bedding ?

    Thanks
    Robert

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    Robert, check Billy Stevens webb site (Stevens Accuracy). He is one of the best and very reasonable. James Mock

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    Hi James

    I assume the $650 includes the barrel work also, the recent Kelbly 15 percent off sale on actions and components got my wheels turning. A new Panda could be had for less than a grand.

    Quote Originally Posted by JDMock View Post
    Robert, check Billy Stevens webb site (Stevens Accuracy). He is one of the best and very reasonable. James Mock

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    I have also found Doyle Anglin (Dixie Guns - Winder Georgia - 706-654-8400) to produce excellent results and with reasonable prices and he also is a wholesale supplier of some pretty nice Bench Rest stocks. He has built two rifles for me in the recent past.

    Bob

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    Does $2500-$2800 sound somewhere in the ballpark ?

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    Don't forget bases, rings and optics, plus the other little things that add up. Bore Guide, Mirage Shade and Case.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stilesville204 View Post
    Does $2500-$2800 sound somewhere in the ballpark ?
    Seems a bit light to me. Of course it will depend on what stock you choose. Some of the popular stocks these days will be more than $1000 or so I'm told.

    Rick

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    Could get a Bruno-McMillan for $400-$450.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greyfox View Post
    Seems a bit light to me. Of course it will depend on what stock you choose. Some of the popular stocks these days will be more than $1000 or so I'm told.

    Rick

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    You might check with Dave Short, he has recently opened for business, is probably reasonably priced, and his rifles are winning a lot.
    mrdshorts@aol.com he is in Western PA

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDMock View Post
    Robert, check Billy Stevens webb site (Stevens Accuracy). He is one of the best and very reasonable. James Mock
    Thanks for this update! I know it wasn't for me but the guy is only 2.5 hours away and I'm getting back in to bench rest and need all the info I can get! I have a new (old) Hall receiver with a 6PPC barrel and jewel trigger, I'll have to see what it would be to chamber in 6.5 CM (or not)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Grosbier View Post
    You might check with Dave Short, he has recently opened for business, is probably reasonably priced, and his rifles are winning a lot.
    mrdshorts@aol.com he is in Western PA
    To the best of my knowledge, half of the 25x's shot this year have been shot with rifles smithed by Dave Short.

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    My experience

    There are a number of reputable Benchrest Gunsmiths that will build you what you want. Some advertise here on this forum. The key is, choose a reputable Gunsmith. Somebody that is well known and will stand behind their work. If you like Rifles,this is no time for bargain hunting. Pay them what they ask. You will be happy that you did...... I know.



    Glenn

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    If you are on a really tight budget buy a used Benchrest rifle that has 500 or so rounds through it. There are always plenty to choose from. Benchrest rifles, like, automobiles, depreciate with age and not necessarily with use.

    Think the process through and get the stock style and action configuration you want. Take that gun and learn how to tune and shoot it. Then later when you feel the gun is holding you back, put a new barrel on it.

    A stock is not going to wear out and neither is a good quality action. A top Kelblys gunsmiths told me they see several Pandas with over 100,000 rounds through them and they are still in good accuracy condition.

    With diligence you should find a really good setup, with scope, for $1,400-$1,800. Brass, dies, powder measure, etc., about $500.

    By the time you figure this game out and have really developed the desire to win, start upgrading.

    I have several Pandas. The oldest is a 1992, the newest is a 2014. The oldest will shoot with the newest in all aspects.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JerrySharrett View Post
    If you are on a really tight budget buy a used Benchrest rifle that has 500 or so rounds through it. There are always plenty to choose from. Benchrest rifles, like, automobiles, depreciate with age and not necessarily with use.

    Think the process through and get the stock style and action configuration you want. Take that gun and learn how to tune and shoot it. Then later when you feel the gun is holding you back, put a new barrel on it.

    A stock is not going to wear out and neither is a good quality action. A top Kelblys gunsmiths told me they see several Pandas with over 100,000 rounds through them and they are still in good accuracy condition.

    With diligence you should find a really good setup, with scope, for $1,400-$1,800. Brass, dies, powder measure, etc., about $500.

    By the time you figure this game out and have really developed the desire to win, start upgrading.

    I have several Pandas. The oldest is a 1992, the newest is a 2014. The oldest will shoot with the newest in all aspects.


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    Jerry, I have to second that. I have seen shooters with old Pandas shoot phenomenal aggs.

    Maybe you remember this. At one of the later Crawfish's that was held in Lafayette, a shooter was kicking every bodies tail with an old Panda that looked like it had been under salt water for a decade. Pure ugly. But.......
    It was shooting lights out. I can not recall his name.

    That was one of those matches that it rained, and rained, and rained. We had a tarp strung over the loading shed on the right trying to keep it from blowing in. Suddenly, it collapsed, filled with water, on several of our loading tables, on power, primers, everything.
    Last edited by jackie schmidt; 09-16-2016 at 05:02 PM.

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    I happened on a older dual port panda with tg ejector and a scoville stock about a month ago on accurate shooter ended up getting it for $1,850. Put a new barrel on it
    It shoots pretty good

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