rebuilding .308 rifle
I have a great shooting Savage .308, ( under 1 MOA at 100 yds. ) but knew that it was capable of better accuracy because the factory stock was terrible! The injected stock that it came with has been modified to the point where there is not much else I can do to it to improve it. I added 1/4 inch steel piano wire by inletting them and sealing them in with slow type epoxy. This was done to keep the forearm from bending when it became hot in the summer sun! It bent so much that the barrel touched the stock. I also added over a pound of lead to the butt stock in an effort to keep the rifle on target after firing. Nothing has really worked!
So I have ordered a new Bell and Carlson Medalist stock for it. Next comes a new trigger from Basix, the 4 oz. to 3 lb. model. My question is this, knowing that all barrels eventually wear out, what would some of you suggest for a replacement barrel? My budget will allow about $300 to $400 for this barrel. Would you go with another factory barrel or an after market barrel? Last question, how much more does fluteing a barrel add to the cost?