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Unread 03-02-2004, 08:24 PM
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best action for the money

looking to build a 300 rum would a trued 700(about $750)be better or spend a little more for an aftermarket action ive heard that you still have to true them up? anyone make a action thats trued up out of the box?
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Unread 03-02-2004, 08:38 PM
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Re: best action for the money

Virtually all of the popular custom actions are ready to go. If they weren,t the maker would very soon be out of business.

Custom is not just PRETTY!
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Impossible means not done YET!
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Unread 03-02-2004, 09:03 PM
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Re: best action for the money

..Yikes.!! Seven fifty for a trued Remington.?!? Does that come with dinner and roses.? At least a reach-around..!! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
..Around here an action blueprinting runs about $135Richard's Custom Rifles.. Plus $325 for a "gunshow special" magnum action and you're on your way for around $460..
..That said.. When ya get thru it's still just a Remington action and not worth much more(I don't care WHAT some of these cats are tryin' to get out of'em or what they actually paid! ).. A custom will hold it's value much better.. So IMO it comes down to if you're a trader or not.. If you're gonna keep it then resale is a non-issue..
.. And if ya ever get a custom that still needs truing ya better be making noise to the maker of it..
.. If ya want a really neat action Roy's got one of Stiller's Pythons that I traded to him for a BR rifle.. It's never been mounted to anything and ya could get a schweet deal on it.. It's a RB/LP/RE..
.. Good luck with whatever ya choose..!! d:^) JiNC
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Unread 03-02-2004, 09:06 PM
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Re: best action for the money

I have never seen a Stolle or Bat that did not shoot. Mine is very straight and square. I cannot say the same for other brands and can assure you that some are horrible. Much worse than Remingtons on thier worst day. I check EVERY SINGLE action I see and I don't care what brand it is. What some people call true and what I call true are two very different things. Also, very few (like nearly no) people have the equipment to actually check an action to see if it's right or not. Lots think they can and simply don't have the resources to do that sort of thing. It isn't something you can see with a ruler and a square.
If you have something that you disassemble and reassemble enough times, sooner or later, you'll have two!
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Unread 03-02-2004, 10:32 PM
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Re: best action for the money

Tired, I have had Remingtons shoot dang good... but if you ever go to resale it you basically loose all the money you spent on truing. Most remingtons I have had I have spent right at:
150.00 true
350.00 for action
60-70.00 firing pin asmbly
30.00 pin the lug
If you go with a Sako extractor that's another ~100.00.

so 600-700 for an action that isn't a custom. I personally would hollar at Stiller through his web at viperactions.com and look at picking up a python. Have a good one
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Unread 03-03-2004, 11:07 AM
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I have two rifles one with a trued 700 action and one with a Prairie Gun Works M18. I love both rifles. But I have to say, Custom is still custom. The PGW action in unbelievable. It definitely did NOT need to be trued. Cost me around $1400 + $200 if you count the Jewell trigger. All told the rifle (338 Lapua) cost me about $3100 (not including scope, but including talley bases and rings). It has Mcmillian stock, 28" Lilja #7 Barrel, Jewell Trigger and the gunsmith did a great job! I think it worth every penny, I'll give this rifle to my kids!

When you compare what I got to other prices, especially Lazzeroni for twice the price. I think I scored.
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Unread 03-03-2004, 05:40 PM
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Re: best action for the money

John M. -
Was PGW the smith for your Lapua or some else? Is the M18 a single shot or repeater?? What other actions did you consider (if any) & why did you decide on the PGW?? Does it have a brake?? Thanks in advance.

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