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hey everybody. I was thinking about building my own rifle from part to part. what i really want to do is get a lefthanded remington 700 action and build it from there. I would like it to be chambered in 7.62x51. i was wondering if this was possible to do and if so what special tools i would need. also if you could give me some sugestions on stocks and barrels and other parts that would be great. im hoping it will maybe be cheaper but really i just want it to be very customed and i into rebuilding/fixing guns and things like that its a lot of fun for me so this would be the untimate project. Thanks for your time look forward to hear from you.
 

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Much cheaper to buy the Remington already chambered for you needs. You'll never be able to buy necessary items seperately cheaper than those already assembled into a complete firearm. Might be able to pick up correct length action in some caliber that has same bolt head but then rebarrel. What ever you do you'll have the expense of specialized tools (barrel vise, receiver holding tool, chamber reamers etc) to figure into final cost. If you do more down the road then amortization of tool cost over several builds will help cheapen tool expense. Easy to dump several hundred dollars for tools another hundred for reamer (possible to rent for $30-#50) before even starting.
 

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Hailstone is correct, buying a factory remington is definitely going to be cheaper. People usually want to build rifles because they want a non-factory chambering or because they want their rifles to perform at a higher level than most factory guns (benchrest rifles, ect.) and with a remington in such a common caliber a factory job would be hard to beat for most uses. Want do you want your rifle to be used for? Hunting? Target? Plinking? That will decide what every component of your build will consist of (and therefore cost) however some things will be the same no matter what your building, such as the reamer, vise, and various other tools. Brownellls and Midway will have just about everything your need on either end of the cost spectrum. Hope this helps!
 

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defidently does. i really wanted it for a really accurate tactical rifle. i have a 308 and really wanted a 7.62x51 so i maybe have to get it custom. kinda trying to have basically a lefthanded m24
 

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defidently does. i really wanted it for a really accurate tactical rifle. i have a 308 and really wanted a 7.62x51 so i maybe have to get it custom. kinda trying to have basically a lefthanded m24
Are you pulling our leg or am I misunderstanding this statement? In essence, a 308 Winchester and a 7.62x51 are the same thing. One is the commercial designation and the other is the military.
 

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Are you pulling our leg or am I misunderstanding this statement? In essence, a 308 Winchester and a 7.62x51 are the same thing. One is the commercial designation and the other is the military.
Actually he main difference stems from the fact that 7.62x51 brass is thicker and stronger; the go/no-go chamber dimension tolerance specs are looser in 7.62mm chambers because of that. So a very loose 7.62mm chamber may be "safe" to fire 7.62 cartridges, but not thinner-walled .308. A tightly-chambered 7.62mm rifle will handle both cartridges just fine, and any .308 that's passed factory chamber spec has a tight enough chamber for both. Typically, most .308-chambered weapons these days are perfectly safe for utilizing the NATO version.
 

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yea i knew they were almost the same but i really wanted the gun set up for 7.62 nato just because it like what the military has and i dont have to worry about messing around with putting the cartriges in different chambers and stuff.
 

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The differences between the two are nominal...both will do exactly the same things.
 
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