I began this 3-part series discussing how to build a precision tactical rifle on a budget. This third part of my series is going to talk specifically about having a custom one-off rifle built to the shooter’s specifications.

To build a custom rifle one must seek a reputable gunsmith to perform this task. Before contacting a reputable smith the shooter must identify exactly what he intends the finished product to be.

Like I mentioned in my previous articles, there are some major decisions that have to be made. The first main question I always find myself asking is “what exactly is the intended purpose of this rifle going to be?” That main factor by itself greatly narrows down the field of options. That allows me to at least figure out the caliber of the rifle and the type of stock that I’m looking at outfitting the rifle with.

Once those two major decisions are made now it’s time to figure out the details. The shooter will have to decide what type of action he wants. There are many great custom actions on the market.

If you’re undecided on the type of action, a gunsmith is a good guy to talk to. They work with all sorts of different manufacturers and they know the strengths and weaknesses of these machined parts.

Most of these custom actions are in the price range of $1000.00 dollars or more so I would recommend you consult one of these professional if you have questions. Below are a few manufactures for you to take a look at.

The next thing the shooter will have to figure out is what type of trigger to fit the rifle with. I covered this in my previous articles so I won’t bore you all with a repeat.

The shooter will also have to decide what color scheme and coating the rifle will have. There are a ton of options so if you are undecided I recommend researching different rifles on the web. There is a lot of gun porn on the net and it will give you some good ideas.