I've been lurking here awhile and have joined and started posting recently. I've had a build idea rolling around for quiet a long time, since I saw my first 300RUM round. I have not settled on a caliber yet but it will be on the full length RUM, 300,8mmX300, EDGE? I think the Edge would best but I REALLY like the 8mm. Yes, I know bullet selection stinks but is getting better.
My thoughts so far are:
Jewell trigger w/ safety
27-30" sendero type taper with flutes, Hart?
brake with solid bottom, unsure of type
ADL style, no bottom metal
Wyatt extended box
HTG or Win. Marksman style stock w/ adj cheek piece, McMillan or wood, pillar bedded
My interest is in a 1000 yard capable hunting rifle to carry. I intend to hunt from stationary spotting locations but not near the road or accesable by atv. I also don't think I'll be staying in the same spot all day so something portable is important. I'd like to stay in the 12# range with scope. I have a 6.5-20x40 leupold LR that will most likely go on it.
I would like this to be my primary gun and not a dedicated LR set-up only. I'm interested in getting a quality rifle capable of better than .5moa while staying value minded.
Is it realistic to purchase parts as I'm able and then have a smith assemble it? How receptive are most good smiths to using customer supplied parts vs. placing an order with them for the whole thing? I'm probably looking at over a year until something could be completed in full but would like to buy things along the way if that makes sense to do it that way.
As for my tastes... I'm a remington guy (721,722, 788's just got my first 700!) and would like to stay with that type of action. I really like the looks and function of Shawn's DE edges, they are very close to what I have in mind and have probably influenced my choices a bit but I had most of this rolling around before I ever saw an Edge. I'm a competitive smallbore (22LR) shooter and like the feel of a classic prone stock, thus my choices listed above.
I'm sure I've left out some important info so just ask and I'll fill in the blanks. Thanks in advance!
My 270win is a similiar story to your Rem721. My grandpa has a 721 in 270 that I thought (still think) is the ideal PA deer rifle to carry and still hunt with. His brother in law, my great uncle had one also and decided to sell it. My grandpa told him I would take it sight unseen, very cheap. Turned out to be a virtual twin to my grandpa's and in mint condition. Killed my second PA buck with it and many since. The nice thing is that it's NOT grandpa's gun so I didn't mind putting on an MPI stock, cutting the barrel back behind the sweated on front sight ramp and installing a muzzlebrake. It's carried a weaver straight 6x mostly since I've had it. One of those guns that if I look at a deer and want to kill it, it just happens, no thought or effort. Mental "yes" and goes bang, dead deer.
Thus it's time for the next step up to stretch things out a bit. A couple years ago Dad and I watched a bedded buck at 800 plus in a clear cut on a opposing hill the last half hour of daylight. Since then I knew I NEEDED a rifle to reach out there. I know the 270win will get out there but I limit it to 400 for me and my current rifle.
i have made several attempts to contact phoenix machine about their actions and have not got a single response i have read some good things but from my experience their customer service is a joke.
Thanks! That is the kind of info I was hoping for. Several years ago I had made up my mind that I would use a Nesika for this build when it came time. But with the things I've heard about Nesika recently....
Still might pursue the Phoenix action but it does have me reconsidering a Borden action. Phoenix seems like a quality product at a good price and I like being able to go to PT&G for the exact bolt configuration I want.
Since I don't have a donor rifle it seems to make more sense than buying a m700 then throwing most of it away and paying to have it trued up.