A little "Build" of a 308 I just finished.
I use the term Build a bit lose as all I did was change a stock out and put a scope on but... customize might be more accurate. Turned out real pretty. And hopefully will shoot well too.
Sort of on the cheap project I am doing for a longer range Deer rifle I want to have in my stable.
So I started out figuring I would go a bit higher in Magnification and doing that cheap(er) but still trying to get reasonable optics I narrowed it down to Leupold VX-I or a Nikon Buckmaster. Those two I find to be reasonable but still "good" in my opinion. The Buckmaster won out once I started shopping around (even though I have all Leupolds VX's on everything else) I found a 3-9 X 50 for $215 shipped so I simply couldn't beat it unless I went with a smaller magnification Leupold and... since distance shooting is more key here for this build, I just went with the Buckmaster 50mm. I guess thats sort of Nikons second tier level, the Buckmaster? Well... its not the bottom anyway. This one is a BDC model. Might like that feature or might not. Looks useful for this long range rifle set up anyway.
Then I was out looking for a base action to use. I knew I wanted a compact or Carbine length gun. For handling. Had sort of settled on the Weatherby Vanguard 2 model but the problem was I really wanted a good wood stock of some sort and not the synthetic so I was determined to find something I wouldn't mind changing the stock out. I was close to buying this when I ran into a Thompson Center Venture "Compact". Have you seen one of these? They are really nice. I then was determine that was going to be the cornerstone but decided to keep looking for something used I wouldn't be so much into a stock I didn't want. Well, ran over to my favorite small town LGS and ran into a Marlin X7 used in 308! So here we have a two stage adjustable trigger but a cheap plastic stock. Nice action. Fluted bolt. Trigger on this one is breaking at exactly 3 pounds consistently. Nice short total package with about a 22" barrel. Has a rail and rings on it. $260 (about $100 off a new one) and $275 with sales tax.... so half the price of these others almost. And this is a stock I wouldn't want to keep anyway so that makes that easier. Nice shape... little use... so I bought it.
Now... the Boyd stock is easy enough. They make them for this gun so its a stock item. Cheap really. I went with the laminate and had them do their Stippling to the thing. Its practically just a drop in unless I decide to bed it later. $166 was the total on that after shipping. I think it was like $96 for the finished stock and the stippling added $55 to that. And it was like $14 shipping costs.
I got the scope and did have time to mount it and bore sight it and it did fit with the rings that came on the Marlin so score there.
Here are some file photos from Boyds stocks on the stock I am using. The first one shows the contour and color of the stock best... then a couple of the stippling done to that... then there is one picture the gun as is with the Scope just on and before stock had arrived.