Originally Posted by AlaskaIsGodsCountry
New to the forum, and thought I would ask a question.
Does anybody know of any 'smiths that will do a custom build using a Weatherby Mark V action? Will they blue print the action and true everything up? I've heard that the Mark V action can be really difficult to do this to and that is why not many poeple use them for accurate custom builds. Never been a real fan of the remy actions because of the bolt throw and I've shot Weatherby's for years and years and its what I am used to...freebore and all. I would be open to another custom action type as long at it doesn't have more then a 60 degree throw.
I'm looking at building up a lightweight mountain rifle for backpack sheep hunting and cross canyon shots. Not too interesting in lugging a 14 lb rifle around given the way I hunt and the type of country. I was thinking of something of the lines of 300 wby or maybe a 30-378 wby with a ABS carbon barrel to reduce weight. Maybe you guys have another opinion of flat shooting calibers as well? The problem is that I have the urge to build something up, but don't really know what I want other then a lighweight backpack mountain rifle. Maybe I should just keep it easy and go with the 300 wby utralightweight......
What is the concensus?
I think the Mark V is a great action to build a custom rifle
It is not diffacult to build on and the action is very strong and smooth operating.
One advantage to the MK 5 is that the magazine is approximately .140 thousandths longer
than most actions which allows you to seat the bullets longer and still fit in the mag.
There are lots of big 30,s to chose from and the 30/378 would be a good choice, also the
RUM or the 30/338 Lapua imp. is an excellent performer.
I have built lots of rifles on the mark V and have been very pleased with them.
There are lots of good smiths close to you and you should have no problem finding
a good one on this site that will help you out.
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