You know almost every rifle in my grandfather’s rack came after he found a pile of cheap once fired brass at a flea market. He would buy the rifle, the dies, check the reloading manual for the powders and the bullets, and that rifle, even 20 years down the road, would become part of his accumulation.
Red blooded American gun enthusiasts are a unique breed, and we like doing things our way. As you get more and more hooked on these wonderfully simple yet complicated contraptions, there is a good chance at some point you’ll want to build your own rifle, or have a rifle built for you buy a custom gunsmith.
With the advent of the internet it is really, really (really really really really) easy to get bad advice these days. So your best bet is to start with an action company that can keep your expectations within your budget, and help you to not make big mistakes that can be discouraging.
Defiance Machine creates custom actions for several custom rifle shops with names you may recognize, and they have a number of dealers who purchase several of one action at a time, and act as something of a standard distributor. But before you take that step to purchase anything, they strongly urge that you call them, give them the details of what you are trying to accomplish, and they’ll point you in the right direction.
If you want something truly custom, the lead times on their actions are longer than they would like, and longer than you’ll want, but it is possible that you’re spec isn’t that far from a few somewhat standard specs they make for their dealers, and Brownells. I’ve snooped around online, and you won’t find a better word of mouth custom action manufacturer.
Defiance actions are proudly made in Montana. They are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. After SHOT Show (because they are here), you may also contact them at 406-756-2727.