Originally Posted by sniper762
you can build one similar and just as good for less
That's what I thought, too.
My first duty rifle after I landed the precision rifle spot for my Dept. was my M1A. I quickly decided that I did not want to bang up a pristine National Match M1A, and purchased a Savage 10FP. The rifle is accurate enough--it took me through my first sniper school, and delivered when it was supposed to.
The problem I had with it was that it was erratic. It would put its rounds in a decent group MOST of the time. And, I decided, when a life is riding on your trigger finger, you don't need erratic.
So, I invested--and in two years time, from start to finish, this is what I got:
This is an M40A3, built by Mike Lau of Texas Brigade Armory. She's a heavy beast--comes in at a bit over 15 pounds. The barrel on it is a Bartlein single-point cut barrel in .308 Winchester, with a match chamber and a 1-11.25 twist.
I also need the ability to switch from normal issue duty ammo to bonded rounds for barriers. Thus, the Badger Ordnance DBM kit. It takes AI magazines.
The action is trued and blueprinted, and bedded into the McMillan A3 stock with a moderate weight (sniper) fill. It is a Remington 700 short action, trigger tuned to 3 lb, clean.
Good rifles get good optics. This is the Nightforce 8-32x56 NXS, with a mil-dot reticle. I also spec'd a 20 minute rail for it.
The stock is done in an ACU pattern. With the exception of the paint and the DBM, it is a direct copy of the Marine Corps M40A3. It's also accurate--it consistently delivers sub 1/4 inch groups at 100 yards. Altogether, I have over $5000.00 dollars invested in the rifle.
It seems to be a bit much, I know. But if the worst happens--some sicko is barricaded inside a home, as an example--and is holding someone's wife, husband, parent or child as a hostage, I trust the rifle, and know it will deliver a surgical shot, should the need arise. Considering the role the rifle must fill, I think the money spent is cheap insurance.