Same here. I'm planning my build as a whitetail workhorse, but also a serious 1K rifle. Which is why I chose .280AI....Plus I ready have tons of all the components for reloading, minus brass and dies. So.....Why not help to partially complete my 7mm collection with 1 more rifle.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
Ya know... I think we all can get wrapped up in big heavy boomers... And dont get me wrong there is a time and place for them. But sometimes you just want a truck gun BUT you want one that is up to the task... Accurate and capable of long range energy... Light weight etc... I recently just did a 308 Baer on a pencil barrel and so far im happy with my desicion. Sometimes what looks good in the safe doesnt look so good after a long hike up the mountain... And just flat getting the job done. Good thread.
Thanks. I have enjoyed all the comments from you guys. I'm with you on the smaller truck gun. I'm on the fence between 6.5x 47 and a 65 x284. So many cats and so few recipes. Or maybe it's so many wants and too many dollars.
This topic has long been the discussion of many bar stool and barbershop advisors. You can always tell which are full of BS because they regurgitate the most popular names on the internet and magazines. The people that actually build the rifles are the ones that SOMETIMES know and will shoot you straight. Depending on if they are selling what they make the most profit on or of they are honest.Check out Lawton actions in Montana. This company builds some of the most accurate actions and do not charge for the name. I have built many Stiller, BAT, Defiance actions and I would say the Lawton is just as good and as smooth. I build rifles on the side and do not do it for a living or for profit for that matter. I do it due to retiring way to early and watching Oprah all day sucks. Remember the barrel is much more important than the action. I only build certain calibers and when people want a factory action trued I wont do it except for one. I don't feel I can justify my time to be wasted on anything factory except the Mark V. I know there are internet bandits that are going to argue this and smiths that don't understand them or want to work on 9 locking lugs but they do work excellent. Barrel selection should be made by the cartridge overbore or efficiency not by name it is stamped on. Earlier in this thread Shlien was mentioned. They were purchased a while ago and since then I would rater use a ER Shaw than a Shlien. They shoot great when new but are soft and wear out soon. Some in 450 rounds on overbore cartridges. But that's a different topic for another thread.
Check out Lawton actions in Montana. This company builds some of the most accurate actions and do not charge for the name. I have built many Stiller, BAT, Defiance actions and I would say the Lawton is just as good and as smooth.
I respectfully disagree. Lawton is no longer in business...because their quality control was non existent! Their actions had numerous issues, with primary extraction being one of the most common. Anyone that has experience with BAT or Defiance actions will not put Lawton in the same category. I speak from personal experience, not regurgitating something I read somewhere. But hey, we're all entitled to our own opinions...
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Lawton hasn't turned an action out that functioned correctly since Barney passed which has been years. Lawton has not turned a wheel and been defunct for at least two years and I think it's pushing three now.
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Yeah, I just built it (minus smith work, wich should cost me about $450), on Brownells website, and INCLUDING a NF NXS 5.5-22x56 MOAR, I am looking right at 3,500+ smithing. So right around $4K setup, and it should be one nasty rig.
Last night I pulled out the long-rangers out of the safe and was admiring my hard-earned money over the years, and I think I have decided that for a hunting rifle, I will go with a Weatherby AccuMark contour barrel polished stainless with the black flutes. I think that would look sick! But I'm still torn between the AccuMark contour and the Sendero contour. The Sendero contour will shoot great, but is heavier than the AccuMark contour...
I'm leaning towards calling Kreiger and getting an Accumark .284 blank that has been polished with the black flutes, but hasn't been chambered or threaded.....Wonder how much that will cost me? Bet she'd be one slick shooter that would still be light enough for me to tote in and out of the woods...