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The skillset you bring to the task is a big factor.
I've seen a few beautiful rifles (mostly Winchester & Marlin leverguns) built from a combination of parts scavenged from junkers and new parts but the guy I'm thinking of is both a gunsmith and a qualified machinist with serious skills on a lathe.
If he's short a part or has one that doesn't quite fit he can make them fit.
For an ordinary sodbuster like me whose skills amount to knowing what end of the hammer to hit the nail with I'd go with the majority opinion on this thread and just buy a good used rifle.
 
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