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.