Re: Bat actions
As I recall, BAT is based in Rathdrum, Idaho which would be a much easier drive for you if you were in Missoula!
They advertise in Precision Shooting magazine, with the slogan 'Buy the best and cry once'. I suppose that means that they are not cheap. Some fellows here in northern CA use BAT actions for 1,000y benchrest, and like them a lot.
it's not about need in the USA -- it's about WANT