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Unread 09-17-2011, 06:34 PM
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Action for 280 Remington

I'm getting ready to buy a new action for a 280 cartridge. There are enough choices that I'm not sure which one I like the best. I've got it narrowed down to my favorite three or four. If you could have any action you wanted, what would it be and why. Cost is not part of the decision making.
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    Re: Action for 280 Remington

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    I'm getting ready to buy a new action for a 280 cartridge. There are enough choices that I'm not sure which one I like the best. I've got it narrowed down to my favorite three or four. If you could have any action you wanted, what would it be and why. Cost is not part of the decision making.

    I would normally look for a Remington donor because there is just about everything available
    as far as after market parts. (Stocks, Triggers,Action parts,scope mounts ECT).

    Next would be a Weatherby vanguard (Same as a Howa).

    The Savage would be next.

    These choices are for most magnum and standard cases and if I were going to build a very large
    caliber rifle (Larger than a standard magnum ) I look for a Mark 5 Weatherby or a custom action.

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    Re: Action for 280 Remington

    +1 on what J E Custom says for the Remington 700.

    But if you want a really strong stainless steel controlled round feed action, take a look at the Model 1999 actions from Montana Rifle Company.

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    Re: Action for 280 Remington

    Stiller TAC-300

    This is essentially a high quality Rem 700 clone with a few improvements. So, it has all of the benefits that JE referenced. But, it should not require any further bluenprinting/accurizing from a smith.

    So, your smith can focus on doing a perfect chambering job and barrel installation.

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    Re: Action for 280 Remington

    The best is the BAT. I don't have one yet, but have looked at others and handled rifles built on most and nothing comes close. My shooting partner has a bat and it is so smooth and sweet. have a friend that has the MT 1999, just a pre 64 win action, nothing special about it.
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    Surgeon action hands down IMO. I have a Surgeon 591 (single shot, short action) on my & SAUM and I love it. I'll have 2 more rifles built in the next year and both will have a Surgeon action.
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    Re: Action for 280 Remington

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    The best is the BAT. I don't have one yet, but have looked at others and handled rifles built on most and nothing comes close. My shooting partner has a bat and it is so smooth and sweet. have a friend that has the MT 1999, just a pre 64 win action, nothing special about it.
    BAT is an excellent target action, but often frowned on for hunting because the clearance is so tight that any dirt at all will cause a jam. But, perhaps they make one for hunting. ...not sure.

    I don't think you can go wrong with Surgeon either.

    Stiller is top shelf as well. They make actions for Les Baer, Gunworks, Shilen, US Govt and others.

    Lawton, Kelby, Hall and others are great too if it's within your budget.

    My point was simply that a Rem 700 is very good when trued up by a qualified smith. But, when you pay a smith to do everything that's necessary to nearly equal a custom action, you'll often find that the custom action is about the same cost or only a hair more. ...and, has a better resale value.

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