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Old 03-03-2004, 06:52 PM
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Re: best action for the money

Danny, My smith was Dale Storey from Casper, WY. I only purchased the action from PGW.

I looked at all the other actions, BAT, Nesika, etc. but I wanted a hunting rifle stock not a tactical stock so I was limited with regards to the action. The M18 is the same as the remington 700 so I was able to use the Mcmillian Remington Hunter stock. I heard good things from members of this forum regarding the PGW actions. I also considered the Mcbros action and the Ed Brown action, but Mcbros needed an attitude adjustment and I was concerned that the Ed Brown wasn't suitable for a 338 lapua. I went with the M18 with the magazine, but they also make it in single shot. I also went with SS in stead of titanium. I wanted they extra weight because I won't use a brake.
The gun is 10 3/4 lbs without a scope, bases, or rings. Should be around 12.5 lbs scoped. I've never had a problem with recoil, but I did listen to too much loud music in my youth. The only thing I would suggest is to tell Ross you don't want a trigger and buy a Jewell. I'll also tell you that you will wait for this action, but it worth it. By the way, you need two front bases instead of 1 front and 1 rear. This is because of the way the action is made.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-07-2004, 11:12 PM
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Re: best action for the money

Just curious here but the gunsmith who said customs need to be re-worked was he from Texas? If so i wouldn't let that guy grease the wheels of a wheel barrow.
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Old 03-08-2004, 09:00 AM
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There are gunsmiths in the BR world who square up custom action just to get every little bit of accuary out of the rifle. There was a good article about all the work that has to be done on truing up a 700 from action to bolt in last month PS and from what little I know a action done is in the $750. range which if a far less than a custom action. I don't think a custom action or trued rem action if compare will be shooting and different only in the amount of money it take to built the rifle. I've got a hall and kodiak action and they have been worked on and have a sleeved 700 and to be honest they all are better shooter than me. There is an old story that goes like this a guy wants a custom rifle that will shoot in the .0's gunsmith ask can you shoot it? Well good luck on your project!
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Old 03-08-2004, 09:34 AM
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Re: best action for the money


Know who you are talking about! However, most BR smiths will tell you that they normally check things out and occasionally they find something out of spec. Good idea to check everything out.

Good example, I have a 10" BAT action, but I was first one to use with a 300 WSM. The ejection port was too small for the WSM. We went back to Bruce Thom and he had just built one for himself. He discovered the same problem, gave my smith the fix and now he has taken care of it with all actions.

Bottom line, always check them out and do not be surprised if you occasionally find something out of spec.

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Old 03-10-2004, 04:46 PM
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Hi everyone. Anybody heard of, or used Montana Rifleman actions?? TIA..sakofan....
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Old 03-11-2004, 07:07 AM
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Just for information there was an action out called Rampro, Bob White at shooters corner is closing them out for I believe $450 in 308 size. Seems they were pretty decent actions but built individually and nothing matches from action to action in some cases.

Guy named Brad Stair at Performance in West Haven Utah (801) 731-8152 bought the machinery and rights and can provide parts and service for the old Rampro. He is also retooling to standard dimensions and coming out with mini action (22 hornet, 17 Mach4), Rem short action and long action and then a big magnum (408 chey tac size). First two are done, long action is due by summer and big magnum is due by fall. Cost big magnum will be under $1000 and that is dirt cheap compared to othe custom large magnum actions. Think his others are in $750 range.

I have one of the old Rampros in 338 AI so action is strong and accurate. Brad is making me a new extractor as the original was about 1/8 too long.

Brad is taking orders for the long and magnum actions if anyone is interested.


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Old 03-11-2004, 06:06 PM
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Does Brad Stair have a web site for the "new" Rampro actions?
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