Choosing a custom made hunting rifle

For most avid sportsmen, there is a strong desire to own a customized rifle, designed to be the perfect size, weight, and contour, as well as have a finish, trigger pull, and scope chosen to match even the most unique hunting experiences. If you are a passionate hunter, you have or will at some point consider a custom-made hunting rifle. Customized rifles have many benefits that can enhance your hunting experience in a way that most off-the-shelf, factory rifles simply cannot. Moving away from factory rifles is an appealing choice well worth considering because customized weapons offer options that satisfy widely different hunting styles, consider simple matters of choice, and can even compensate for physical limitations. For that reason, when it comes to pricing, it makes sense that custom-made rifles are more expensive than a rifle off the shelf. A quick price search will likely leave you wondering though. Are the advantages of owning a custom-made rifle worth the extra costs?

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The Ovis – Revenant Custom Rifle’s very first custom hunting rifle.


One of the easiest ways to decide whether or not you will get your money’s worth by owning a custom rifle is to honestly assess how passionate you are about hunting. If you are reading on, you likely are ready to step into the world of owning a customized rifle, and you likely understand that when it comes to hunting, it is not all about the money but rather about the experience. Of course, you will probably still be able to enjoy those trips with a factory made hunting rifle, and if you are just beginning to get into hunting, it is probably smart to start with a factory-made weapon until you consider yourself to be an avid sportsman and know your weapons of choice.

However, if you are out hunting every weekend because hunting is one of your biggest passions, a custom-made rifle could easily be worth the extra cash, and it makes perfect sense that you want the best possible tools at your disposal. Ultimately, if you are that avid hunter, a rifle made just for you will pay for itself in no time.


Every manufacturer of factory-made rifles boasts that their weapons are the most accurate, shoot the farthest, and feel the best in your hands. But, beware: their claims are simply not all true. Furthermore, because of their mass production, off-the-shelf rifles are more commonly found to fall short of their claims, or have some type of defect, often minor but sometimes significant. This is a fairly small risk that does not necessarily have to serve as a deterrent to buying a factory weapon, but are you willing to be flexible when it comes to your weapon’s capabilities and performance?

If you find yourself imagining a misfire when staring down the barrel at a trophy buck or if a hand-lapped barrel is what you long for, a custom rifle might be a better fit for you. Because custom-made rifles are crafted one at a time or in very small batches, their creators will be well aware of the abilities of each individual weapon and will be able to give you a much more precise and accurate run down of the rifle itself, as well as provide you with proven performance and offer a MOA accuracy guarantee. For these reasons, you can expect a great level of care and attention to be put into a custom made rifle. Some crafters of custom rifles offer a complete custom build experience that includes options for receivers, barrels, triggers, bolt knobs, stocks, muzzle brakes, and even colors. If building your own rifle, choosing options best for you, and creating your own unique hunting experience appeals to you, consider a custom rifle.


Keep in mind that factory-made and custom-made rifles are not always mutually exclusive. If you are tempted by the idea of a customized weapon but are not sure you have the money to spend on a fully-customized one right now, consider buying a factory-made weapon and customizing a few choice elements. You could buy a customized barrel, for example, or find a reputable gunsmith and request a few specifics you would like improved. Whether you are happy with your factory made rifle, longing for a custom weapon, or curious to try a blend of both, there is a rifle out there for you that will make your hunting experience rewarding and unique.   


There is no wrong answer when it comes to choosing between factory or custom-made weapons, as long as you are making the choice that best fits you. There are online resources that can help you decide what weapon is best for you, including the online store, Revenant Custom Rifles. Their expertise provides detailed choices for each customizable gun piece available and gives you precise costs. Whether you pick an off-the-shelf rifle, a fully customized one, or something in between, enjoy your weapon and enjoy the hunting experience.