Custom rifles are usually very expensive, but are also often very accurate and fun to shoot. Here are 20 custom rifles we’d love to take to the range.
This list of custom rifles spans over 100 years of history and encompasses both classic hunting and modern tactical rifles. The only common thread between the custom rifles here is that they are all awesome and would be loads of fun to shoot at the range.
No matter what type of rifle you are into, there is probably something for you on this list.
View the slideshow to learn about the 20 custom rifles we’d love to take to the range.
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Mk 14 EBR
The Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) is an upgraded and more modern tactical version of the M14. There are many variants of the Mk 14 that are used by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, but they all feature a variable stock, high quality scope, and multiple rails for more accessories. These upgrades have turned the M14, an already formidable weapon in its own right, into an even deadlier and more accurate piece of machinery.
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare
The British made Accuracy International Arctic Warfare family of rifles feature the Accuracy International Chassis System (AICS), an aluminum chassis that extends the full length of the stock. All of the other components of the rifle are bolted to it. This allows the rifles to be rugged, yet highly accurate. Though known for their outstanding accuracy (1/2 MOA), they are also highly customizable, with the ability to use a variety of telescopic scopes, a Picatinny rail system, back up iron sights, a bipod, a muzzle brake, flash suppressor, or sound suppressor. The stock is also variable to accommodate different sized shooters.
Holland & Holland Double Rifle
No list of custom rifles would be complete without a Holland & Holland double rifle. Holland & Holland caters to extremely wealthy clients going on an African safari. Though all of their firearms are extremely expensive, they are also known for being extremely high quality and are available in a variety of calibers ranging from .24 caliber all the way up to the gigantic dangerous game cartridges. Traditionally, hunters would visit a Holland & Holland office and have their chosen rifle custom built to fit them perfectly. The length of the stock, drop of the comb, drop at the toe, drop at the heel, the cast-off, and the balance of each rifle are all custom fitted to the individual shooter. Because of this, their rifles “point” extremely well and are known for being extremely accurate and an absolute dream to shoot.
The PGM 338, is a French designed sniper rifle chambered in the potent .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. Fitted with a precision two stage trigger, Schmidt & Bender scope, and a cold hammer forged match grade barrel, the PGM 338 is capable of .5 MOA accuracy when in the hands of a capable shooter. Designed to fill a the niche between the 7.62x51mm and .50 BMG cartridges, the PGM 338 is designed for use on targets 500-1500m away.
Blaser R93 Tactical
The Blaser R93 Tactical is a German designed and built sniper rifle system. Utilizing a straight-pull bolt-action, the Blaser R93 enables the shooter to fire extremely accurate shots (the rifle is purported to be capable of 1/4 MOA accuracy) while at the same time providing the shooter the ability to make a rapid follow up shot. The Blaser R93 is available in .223 Remington, 6mm Norma, 6.5x55mm, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum. The rifle is also designed for rapid take down to facilitate easy transport, and an experienced shooter can disassemble and reassemble the rifle in a matter of seconds.
Kleinguenther’s Distinctive Firearms Custom Blaser
One of the specialties of Kleinguenther’s Distinctive Firearms is customizing Blaser rifles. They do absolutely outstanding work and their custom jobs are both visually appealing and high performing. The rifle in the photo is of a recent job where they restocked a Blaser R93 with Texas mesquite wood. They also do lots of work re-chambering Blaser rifles and can re-chamber a Blaser rifle to virtually any cartridge available. If you’re looking for a stylish, yet high quality hunting rifle for an upcoming African safari, then a KDF custom job might be just what the doctor ordered.
Griffin & Howe Custom Springfield
Millions of 1903 Springfield rifles were produced over the first half of the 20th century and Griffin & Howe made a name for themselves by performing some of the best custom work on a Springfield that you could get. They quickly developed a reputation in the United States that nearly rivaled the reputation of Holland & Holland in the United Kingdom. The Springfield was known for having a very strong, slick action which Griffin & Howe made even better. This, combined with the work they did on the trigger, sights, stock, and barrel, made for some very beautiful rifles that were also pleasing to shoot. All the famous American riflemen of the 1930s, such as Phil Sharp and Townsend Whelen, considered their arsenals incomplete without a Griffin & Howe Springfield.
Winchester Model 1886
Prior to 1900, a shooter could purchase a model 1886 from Winchester with virtually unlimited custom configurations and was an early example of an American factory produced custom rifle. A prospective buyer could choose between .33 Winchester, .38-56, .38-70, .40-65, .40-82, .45-70, .45-90, and .50-110 caliber. There was also a choice between a short and standard magazine, multiple barrel lengths, a full octagon barrel, full round barrel, half round/half octagon barrel, heavy or light barrels, engraving, multiple choices of butt-plates, various choices of wood stocks, a pistol grip, a straight grip, set or standard triggers, and several different varieties of sights. A take-down Model 1886 retailed for $25 in 1896 and Winchester offered an additional barrel with magazine for just $12 extra, offering a hunter the ability to quickly change barrels (and calibers) depending on conditions in the field. Partly due to the wide variety of choices, the 1886 quickly became an extremely popular rifle among American big game hunters.
The Sako TRG series of rifles is produced in Finland and is one of only a handful of rifles designed from the ground up as a sniper rifle. The rifle features a heavy, cold hammer forged, free floating barrel, a two stage trigger, and a stock that can be customized for each individual shooter. With different variants available in .260 Remington, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum, the Sako TRG is capable of 1/2 MOA accuracy in the right hands. Though the rifle is designed for military use, there are models available for sportsmen as well, and it is very popular among hunters in Europe.
Accurate Arms Titan
Accurate Arms specializes in producing lightweight and extremely accurate rifles designed for hunters needing to make long range shots on animals like elk, mule deer, and sheep. The Accurate Arms Titan uses a Remington Model 700 bolt action rifle that has been stripped down to make the rifle as lightweight as possible. Even though it is extremely lightweight, (5.5-6 pounds), the precision match grade chamber and free floating fluted barrel is capable of outstanding long range accuracy and the muzzle brake reduces the amount of recoil experienced by the shooter. The stock is also custom built and is available in a variety of different finishes. As an added bonus, Accurate Arms offers custom loads of ammunition developed for that exact rifle. As a result, these rifles are advertised to be capable of 3/8-1/2 MOA accuracy and making 1,000 yard shots under the proper conditions.
Hill Country Rifles Safari Synthetic
Designed for hunting large, dangerous game, such as in Africa or Alaska, the Hill Country Safari Synthetic is avialable in .375 H&H, .416 Remington, and .458 Winchester. Built on a Winchester Model 70 action, the rifle has a match grade barrel custom front and rear iron sights, Pachmyr recoil pad, and a Cerakote finishd stock. Just like all rifles made by Hill Country Rifles, it is shipped from the factory only after meeting their stringent accuracy standards.
M24 Sniper Weapon System
The M24 is essentially a highly customized long action Remington Model 700 rifle chambered in 7.26x51mm. Though the 7.62x51mm cartridge only requires a short action bolt, the long action bolt is used in order to allow the rifle to be converted to .300 Winchester Magnum or .338 Lapua Magnum at a later date (which is already occurring with the XM2010). The M24 has a free floating, five groove, right-hand twist barrel, which is capable of producing sub-MOA accuracy. The stock made out of polymer, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Kevlar, and is painted with a heavy duty polane paint. They were rigorously tested before being approved by Remington and the military. Used by the United States Army since the late 1980s, the published maximum effective range of the M24 is 800m. However, there have been several cases of snipers successfully making shots in excess of 1000m with the rifle.
M40 Sniper Rifle
All M40 sniper rifles start life as short action Remington Model 700 rifles chambered in 7.62x51mm. They are then highly customized by their primary users, the United States Marine Corps, and are turned into extremely precise weapons. The M40 has undergone numerous changes and upgrades since it was first adopted by the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and current models feature a fiberglass stock, Schmidt and Bender scope, and a free floating barrel that is threaded for either a muzzle brake or suppressor. Capable of sub-MOA accuracy with a published maximum effective range of 800m, the M40 is truly a deadly custom rifle in the right hands.
TrackingPoint XS1 Precision Guided Firearm
The TrackingPoint Precision Guided Firearm system combines several advanced technology features that allow shooters to made long range shots under difficult conditions. The scope contains a computer that tracks the target and computes a ballistic solution from data obtained from an integrated laser rangefinder. The trigger is hard wired into the scope and is designed to eliminate error for improper trigger squeeze. The system also contains an integrated camera that captures still photographs and video from the scope, which can then be transferred to a tablet or smartphone.
XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle
Derived from the M-24 Sniper Weapon System, the XM2010 was developed by Remington at the request of the United States Army to provide a weapon giving Soldiers the ability to extend their engagement range past the 800m that the M-24 was capable of. Using a match grade .300 Winchester Magnum round, the XM2010 is capable of sub-MOA accuracy and has been successfully used by Soldiers in Afghanistan to hit targets 1,200 to 1,300m away. In 2014, TrackingPoint announced that they are integrating their computerized “smart scope” into the XM2010, enabling shooters to hit targets at even greater ranges than before.
McWhorter Custom Rifle
All McWhorter rifles are custom made according to the specifications of the purchaser dependent on the game that they will be hunting and the conditions of the hunt. This allows them to manufacture a rifle best suited for the tasks that the hunter is asking that it perform. Their specialty is in producing light weight rifles in the 6-8 pound range that can still deliver 1/2 MOA accuracy. In addition to the functional aspects of each rifle, there are a number of aesthetic options available to each hunter as well.
Borden Basic Hunting Rifle
It may be called the Borden Basic Hunting Rifle, but there is nothing basic about it. Built to the same specifications as benchrest rifles, a typical Borden Rifle is capable of 1/2 MOA accuracy. All rifles are custom built and come with a variety of options including different stocks and finishes, different barrel styles and sizes, barrel fluting, and machined floorplates. This rifle is another great choice for the big game hunter wanting a highly accurate, custom made hunting rifle.
Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design Rifle
Though best known for their .50 BMG line of rifles, Barret also produces a fine line of sniper rifles chambered in .338 Lapua. One of their most recent rifles is the Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) Rifle, which is a heavily customized Barrett 98B. With the ability to be chambered in .338 Lapua, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .308 Winchester, the MRAD also features a folding and adjustable stock, a single pin take-down for easy maintenance, an easily removable trigger module and the ability to accept a standard M-16 pistol grip on the stock. The rifle also has a standard Picatinny Rail system and was named the 2012 Rifle of the Year by the NRA.
Made popular by the movie “Shooter” and the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″, the CheyTac Intervention is a bolt-action sniper rifle produced by CheyTac LLC. Firing either the .408 or .375 CheyTac cartridge, the rifle is capable of sub-MOA performance at ranges out to 2,500 yards. The rifle’s primary sight is the Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×56 variable scope, which can also be used in conjuction with the AN/PVS-14 nigh vision monocular and the AN/PEQ-2 infrared laser for use at night. Not only is the Intervention an awesome custom rifle, but it is part of a shooting system that also includes the KESTREL 4000 meteorological and environmental sensor package, a laser rangefinder, and the CheyTac Advanced Ballistic Computer (ABC) System. All of these things combine to produce a rifle capable of extreme accuracy. As a demonstration of just how good the Intervention is at long range, several years ago a marksman shot a 16 5/8” group at 2,321 yards with the Intervention.
Remington Modular Sniper Rifle
Winner of the latest US Army competition for their new sniper rifle, the Remington Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) was designed to be a modular, purpose built sniper rifle from the beginning. It is capable of outstanding accuracy out to 1,500 meters with an adjustable stock, free-floated handguard, and the ability switch barrels and cartridges in a matter of minutes. Available in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, and 7.62x51mm NATO, the MSR provides several different capabilities to Soldiers on the battlefield. One thing is for certain: I wouldn’t want to have anyone shooting at me with the MSR.