I need to meet your custom builders! However, one of the best buys on the market today are used custom rifles. I was at an auction two weeks ago where the estate was selling, among other things, some thirty custom built rifles, most of exquisite quality. I bought a lovely .270 built on FN action with quarter rib, grade 4 or 5 circasian walnut and custom rings and bases (I think I now own four .270's). No clue who built it, but he was a master gun maker. I paid 1500 for it, and it was mid-range of prices paid. One that went for a little more was a Dale Goens that sold for 2100. Good luck finding one of his for less than 4K. Ordering a new rifle from someone like Todd Ramirez will push you deep into the 20k range.My rule is I don't buy factory built centerfire rifles. For what some of them cost, a custom built one that shoots twice as good can be bought for the same or less. YMMV.
For rimfires, I must admit to owning two Anschutz 1507s one with a sporter and one with wide forearm stock. The are 17HM2s, what some consider a useless chambering.
To the OP, resist the urge to duplicate. Unless you are going to cosmolene it and save it to sell at some future point, spend your money on a custom in the same chambering.
You have posted gun room pics, I am envious of your collection.I can't even get my head around your question. I have multiples in Sako, Blaser, Winchester, Remington, Ruger, Darne, and several British makers. What is the issue? To my mind, it is about the particular weapon - not the particular maker.
@SaulSo I think I am about to commit to acts of rifle sacrilege. First, I am looking at buying a non-Weatherby rifle in a Weatherby cartridge. Second, I am looking at buying the same model rifle that I already own. The rifle in question is a Dakota Arms model 76 in .257 Weatherby.
I was just wondering if y'all have a personal rule against owning too many rifles from the same manufacturer or at least in the same model. My Dakota is the nicest rifle I have ever owned but I still feel bad picking up another simply because there are so many great rifle manufacturers out that it seems like a waste to just have all of my guns in the same model from the same manufacturer.
Obviously this is a rather ridiculous question and is ultimately inconsequential but I just want to know if anyone else thinks like I do about this.
Not at all . I personally would love to own a battery , comprising of four Winchester sporting arms :
- A pre 64 Winchester Model 70 in .270 Winchester
- A pre 64 Winchester Model 70 in .338 Winchester Magnum
- A pre 64 Winchester Model 70 in .458 Winchester Magnum
- A Winchester Model 21 side by side hammerless box-lock ejector shotgun in 12 bore ( 3 inch Magnum chambers )