I am going to have to start saving any cash I can. I decided to build my first custom rifle, and it won't be cheap. Unlike a some folks, I will not be spending $3000 - $5000 on the rifle, but I can see at least $1000 disappearing pretty quickly. Using budget components is still a little expensive for someone like me. A inexpensive tactical stock is $190. A barrel is probably $300. A decent (cheap) scope is at least $300. Chambering is going to be at least $200. Then I will have to accurize the system, and I really have no idea what that will set me back.
Looking over all this, it could almost convince me not to do this.