Originally Posted by Timber338
Do almost all major factory actions really start out from castings? shows how much I pay attention... Obviously makes sense from a cost standpoint, I just never thought they were that cheap. On the job I'm just so used to getting certified material for high-tolerance machined parts that I really cannot imagine starting something like a rifle action out from a crappy casting.
In my mind that really adds to the justification for going full custom unless you start from a factory action that you know was not cast.
My smith had a buddy who used to work for Browning many years ago. He once told him that it costs Browning $38.00 to manufacture a complete A-Bolt barreled action, overseas in Japan. Then once they get here they smooth them out, engrave them, whatever, then assemble them here and sell them for $500-600.
I don't know how true this is, but my smith has never lied to me before, and everything he's ever told me was 100% true, and he has LOTS of friends high-up in every company, so I don't see this one being a false statement.
I still like the A-Bolt II rifles, and am having a custom built off of one right now. They are excellent rifles, regardless of how inexpensive the revievers might be.
I'm sure that probably is about the same cost for all the major manufacturers. Remingtons might cost a bit more, as they are still manufactured here in the USA.
I won't say all, but I would venture to say majority of factory actions are cast steel.
I do know that Steyr barrels are hand hammer-forged, and are amongst the BEST factory barrels I've ever shot and looked down.
I used to sell the mess out of the Steyr SBS rifles back when I worked at the outdoors store. I still wouldn't mind having an SBS in 7mm RemMag.