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Old 04-09-2013, 10:16 PM
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300 WSM and action options, any good ideas?

Ok so I called Hart and they had a fluted 26" finish .30 cal 1:10" blank on hand for sale so I immediately snagged that up. The dilemma now is what action should I choose? I have had great success with trued 700 actions, to do this I would need to open up the standard .308 face and put a sako extractor on it. Is this a solid platform for this cartridge? I would be using an AI detachable box mag, probably PTG with alpha mags so I can load out to 2.9+ COL. Other options include Stiller's TAC 30 with a magnum bolt face and Badgers WSM action. Opinions? Thanks everyone.
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Ok so I called Hart and they had a fluted 26" finish .30 cal 1:10" blank on hand for sale so I immediately snagged that up. The dilemma now is what action should I choose? I have had great success with trued 700 actions, to do this I would need to open up the standard .308 face and put a sako extractor on it. Is this a solid platform for this cartridge? I would be using an AI detachable box mag, probably PTG with alpha mags so I can load out to 2.9+ COL. Other options include Stiller's TAC 30 with a magnum bolt face and Badgers WSM action. Opinions? Thanks everyone.
Get the custom action it may cost more now but if you decide to sell it will get you more in the end and after its all said and done its the better deal.
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Get the custom action it may cost more now but if you decide to sell it will get you more in the end and after its all said and done its the better deal.


Agreed. If you already had the donor action the situation might be different, I see no point in buying an off the shelf 700 just to tear it apart & rebuild it to meet the standards of off the shelf custom actions. As said above, in the long run the custom will retain higher value.

I have a couple of Stiller Short Actions, no complaints so far. I'm trying to talk myself out of a Badger Action, I want one in the worst way.

Starting from scratch, Custom action all the way.


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Re: 300 WSM and action options, any good ideas?

Thank you gentlemen for your responses. The reason that 700 actio is a viable option is I can get new stainless ones from the remington custom shop for $370 from a guy I know.
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Thank you gentlemen for your responses. The reason that 700 actio is a viable option is I can get new stainless ones from the remington custom shop for $370 from a guy I know.

I understand your thought process, is that custom shop 700 trued? If not, consider the cost to have that process done. Depending on the options you select i.e. bolt knob, new recoil lug, pinned recoil lug, enlarged scope base holes, truing action face, truing bolt face, truing lugs & abutments, bolt fluting etc. you may very well be right in there with the price of a custom aciton that comes with all of those things from the manufacturer.

Here is a link that contains most of the reciever accurizing/blinging options:

LongRifles, Inc. Spring 2013 Remington M700 Accurizing Group Buy!



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Re: 300 WSM and action options, any good ideas?

What bullet do you want to shoot? IMO, a 2.90" mag is too short. I have loaded for the 300 WSM in a short action and in order to seat bullets to fit the mag, I had to seat them deep in the case. The WSM case is 2.10" long, that leaves only .8" for bullet projection. I recommend a long action for long hig BC bullets. If you do go with a short action, be sure to short throat the chamber.

If it's in the budget, don't skimp on a 700 action. Go custom. I think Howa/Vangard actions make a good platform for a factory platform. The standard action is about .25" shorter than the 700 long action and long enough for a WSM with long bullets. Get a center feed mag box.
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What bullet do you want to shoot? IMO, a 2.90" mag is too short....

Very possible, my 7SAUM is a S/A repeater. 180 Bergers use up quite a bit of powder capacity .

My 6.5WSM is well over 3.00" OAL. So long in fact that I didin't have Chad install a mag box, it's a single slinger.



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