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Old 01-11-2009, 12:26 PM
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Advice on actions

Hello all,

I've been reading the site for a few weeks and have enjoyed it immensely. I've been hunting for years but just now have the time and money to get in the long range game and do things right. I'm in the very beginning stages of having a custom rifle built. I've pretty much decided to go with a 7mm wsm for the wide range of bullet selections and overall performance. But, I need some advice on getting the right action. I've always preffered Winchester actions over Remington. I'm starting to look around for a rifle to strip down and build back back up and just from perusing the internet(gunbroker and gunsamerica) it appears that finding a Winchester action is going to be more expensive than a Remington. Cost isn't super important but if its going to be a matter of a few hundred bucks then it will at least make me think twice. Basically I need to know what is the best approach to getting a suitable action to build around? I'm looking for a long action.

Thanks,
Thomas

BTW I posted this question here rather than in the "getting started/beginner" areas simply because this area seems to get the most traffic.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:00 PM
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Re: Advice on actions

If you are sticking with factory offerings, then 1-Rem. 2- Savage. 3- Win. Why Rem. Good strong action. Aftermarket parts are widely avaliable. Almost every accuracy smith on the planet works on them.

Now.....if it were me......custom all the way, baby!!!!! Cost wise, after spending $$$$ on the factory action, buying aftermarket parts (recoil lugs, firing pins assy or even a new PG&T bolt, ect...ect..) having a smith tune it and true it, the cost is nearly the same as a full on custom. And, after cycling the custom one time, the rest of the money differance melts away.....trust me on this.

You can even bypass the 3 to 6 month wait from the factory by getting a used one. Lots of them on BRCentral. Or buy a new one from some of the shops that stock a few all the time, like Bruno's.

Good luck on the build!!!
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:20 PM
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Re: Advice on actions

get a Phenix receiver and have Pacific Tool and Gage make a bolt assy for it. custom all the way. will cost about 650. yes this will be the same amount of money you will spend on a Rem action and have twice the value. the guy that started Phenix is the same guy that had Neiseka? actions before they were bought out by Dakota.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:30 PM
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Re: Advice on actions

+1 on the pheonix action. They have tons of options and the one I shot was really nice. Can't wait until I have mine in my hands. Mine is also going to be a 7wsm long action. Quik klip makes some nice center feed bottom metal for the money.

this one is a remington action but it is the quik klip:
7mm wsm--this years long range hunting system--video added now pictures added

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Old 01-11-2009, 08:38 PM
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Re: Advice on actions

Thanks for the advice guys. I went to a gunshow today to no avail. Seems like the only thing anyone is interested in these days are little black rifles and 308 police style rifles. Found one model 70 300 win mag but guy wanted a little more than what I was interested in paying. Does phoenix have a website? The other custom stuff at bruno was significantly more expensive than what you guys mentioned for the phoenix. I'll have to check and see if my gunsmith is familiar with them. Most of the rifles he builds are based on either remingtons or winchesters.

At this point I'm just checking classifieds and whatnot basically just waiting to see what comes around. I'm located in Houston TX so if you know anyone local let me know.

Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:04 PM
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Re: Advice on actions

If you don't have the action in hand to build on then you would be crazy to go buy a factroy action then throw a pile of money at it to make what you want. I'll throw in another plug form Glenn Harrison over at Phoenix machine , the action is awsome and when everything is screwed toegther right the weapon will shoot great , I would go for the long action with the WSM as it'll let you get all the good out of the round with long bullets. Here is a link to Nathan Dagley's 7mmWSM on a Phoenix Machine long action reciever. Scroll down and watch the vids of it feeding from a mag.
long range shooting system by SSG pix & vid.

and here are some pics of my latest rifle on a Phoenix short action in 308 ,the groups are 168gr FGGM 308 shoot at 100 and 300yds from prone with a bipod.




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Old 01-11-2009, 09:24 PM
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Re: Advice on actions

so where's the dime? LOL great shooting. 5 shots, .3 from the pod. i love it! nice stick

what scope is that?
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