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What action would you use.

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Unread 03-22-2009, 06:02 AM
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All of the actions you mentioned are great actions so you can't go wrong with any of them. I personally like the Remington 700s. However, having said that, if I was truely "building" a rifle, I would seriously consider purchasing a custom 700 drop in replacement action. There are several good actions out there and some with relatively quick turn arounds when ordered. For instance, I recently ordered and received a Stiller Predator action for a custom 30 Hart rifle I am having built and the action was in stock and shipped out immediately from Stiller.

The reason I say you should consider the custom action avenue is that once I figured out the cost of the Remington action plus the added costs to true it up and accurize it, it was actually cheaper (or at least no more expensive) to just purchase the custom Stiller action which is already accurized and is in fact, a better action than an accurized Remington (so I'm told by several very reputable custom rifle builders).

I'm not pushing the Stiller per se, it's just the one I happened to choose based on cost and availability. There are lots of "as good" if not better actions out there.

I guess my feeling is that since you're going to the expense and effort to match it up to a custom barrel, you're obviously thinking in terms of better than "average" factory rifle accuracy potential. For essentially no additional cost, you can step up to an action that fully compliments your custom barrel.

Again, I own and am very satisfied with several accurized Rem 700 rifles. all of which will out-perfom my abilities. It's just my nature to try to get the best bang for the buck (no pun intended) and when I wanted my ultimate hunting rifle, I decided the custom action route gave me more rifle for the same cost.

I apologize if I've taken this thread off course, it's just that I recently went through the same dilemma and thought this might be helpful.

Good luck with your project
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Unread 03-22-2009, 08:53 AM
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Always nice to have friends. My father inlaw gunsmiths and it sure is handy to have access to all the right equipment.
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Unread 03-22-2009, 12:48 PM
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Thank guys, I appreciate the info and help. If someone can give me some info on the quality of the Schneider barrel, it would be great. Thank you, Jerry
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Unread 03-22-2009, 04:49 PM
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I vote Remington.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” Karl Marx/BHO
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Unread 03-22-2009, 06:09 PM
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Go Remington, go Hart.
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Unread 03-22-2009, 07:02 PM
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Re: What action would you use.

Whew, lots of Remington fans here...

In all honesty all three will make fine rifles but here are a few thoughts on the build...

Pick up a late model Winchester M70 classic action in a long action magnum action. I still see a number of 7MM's around NIB here in Canada.

True the action, install the Williams extractor and then go out and shoot it, not sure you will feel the need to rebarrel.

Consider for your proposed application a 338WM. Bigger bullet, more whackem and a pretty good long range round.

If you choose to rebarrel I would consider a #3 or #4 weight barrel in a 7MM and a #4 in a 338WM, not sure you need the bulk of the #5 weight. I've had good results with Pacnor and am looking at a Kreiger for my next build but I think if you buy from a reputable barrel manufacturer it should be fine.

FME the Savage and Winchester triggers break a lot more cleanly and are easier to appropriately adjust than the Remington triggers.

As far as wolves, man I feel bad for you guys. We just shoot them on sight.

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