I bought a Howa action in .243. I pulled the barrel and machined another from a Heavy profile Shileen barrel and chambered it in 308. I even finished a poorly made inletted stock in walnut. The barrel and action were blued by me. But the rifle currently sits in a bell carlson stock and I still have to break in the rifle after 2 years. I feel ashamed of myself. I really like the rifle. My goal is try to wear it out.