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Unread 03-19-2009, 05:32 PM
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Re: Lawton actions and barrels

I speced a 7500 action for a custom 20BR that has now very nearly finished. I inspected and shot it prior to proof last week,

It certainly shoots and shoots well BUT there are bad machining marks between the front lugs and it looks like a tiny chink of metal is missing off a rear lug. Once I get my hands on it I intend to contact Lawton about it. The UK importer told me the whole batch were like that, Lawton were at the time less that interested, hopefully that may change but I have my doubts.

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Unread 03-19-2009, 07:37 PM
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Re: Lawton actions and barrels

My 1 month old coyote rifle in .243AI killed a rock at 1,000 yards on my first shot 2 days ago in SD.

It utilizes a Lawton 7000 action. It was square and true when I got it.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 09:55 AM
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My expereince with Lawton actions

April 28, 2008: I order my 400x single shot, Right Port, Right Bolt, Right eject, no-flute bolt, one piece bolt handle with handle swept back, aluminum 20MOA sight base. Estimated delivery time 3 months. I was trying to keep this rifle "made in montana" so I also planned on a Lilja barrel chambered in .284 Winchester.

June 2, 2008: paid in full

December 19, 2008: picked up action from local FFL. The wait was loaded with excuses and is uncalled for. Please notice the "modified" serial number. Every Lawton I've ever seen uses only digits on the SN# but this one has an "A" scratched in with what looks like a sharp screwdriver!. I just know that the SN assigned to my build was shipped off to god knows who after about three months then oops, they have to build me another one... Also notice the machine shavings in bolt , wrong bolt handle, and no sight base.

December 24, 2008: shipped action back to Lawton for repairs. They promise a speedy turn around. I asked them to fix the SN#, send me the sight base and the handle is OK, it's kind of growing on me.

February 6, 2009: UPS delivers new action. Pretty nice. It is straight, smooth, tight, I like it. Still no sight base. Call Lawton and have them send me the base I ordered and paid for.

February 12, 2009: I get sight base delivered. Great. Try to attach it to action. This sight base is for a long action. Call Lawton.

February 20, 2009: Again call lawton "where's my aluminum 20MOA sight base for a short action?" They say they don't have any aluminum 20MOA bases for short action, can we send you a steel one? "sure"

February 27, 2009: I get steel 20MOA sight base for short action and try to put it on action. I'm rather disappointed that it doesn't look or fit like the one on their websight, It is beadblasted and not finished to match the action, there are no attachment screws like the long action sight base came with. Well at least I have it and can continue with the build. Starting at the front, I thread in the 8x40 screws I have in my shop. Starting at the front of the action I begin threading the screws in. #1,#2,#3 then I attemp #4, the rear most screw won't thread, hum, let's have alook to see the problem.

The dog gone sight base screw spacing is wrong. Can anything else go wrong? Honestly I am sick of dealing with lawton, I'm going to pay my gunsmith to fix the thing and I'm going to sell it. I have never had so many problems trying to spend nearly $1,000.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 07:14 PM
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Re: Lawton actions and barrels

Thanks for all the replies. Disappointingly, some are good, and several not so good. Makes it tough to feel all warm and fuzzy about Lawton. I too want to stay in Montana.

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Unread 03-20-2009, 08:38 PM
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Re: Lawton actions and barrels

I almost ordered one about a year and a half ago. My friend placed an order for one the same time I ordered my Stiller Diamondback. Delivery time was estimated the same by both companies. My rifle was up and running with a load worked up before he got his action. It got so bad his final conversation with someone at Lawton was along the lines of .
I've heard enough excuses If you can not ship it within a week please cancel the order. Well they got it to him and it looked like poop. Tool marks all over the bolt between the lugs, it looked like they used a grinder. The rest of the action looked like it had been to hell and back. It took the smith a lot of time to clean it up and buff it out.

The good news is after checking it out it was straight.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 09:26 PM
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Re: Lawton actions and barrels

Originally Posted by Joel Russo View Post
My personal opinion is that the quality control of the finished product, and delivery times are not acceptable to me.
Like I said before....
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Unread 03-21-2009, 07:06 PM
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Re: Lawton actions and barrels

I don't have any of their actions, but I do have a couple of their barrels.
I was out playing a little on wednesday morning with my long-time hunting buddy Steve Hugel (sscoyote).

We shot at 546, 730, and 799 yards.
Here is pic of my 730 yard shooting-Target is 11"
Shooting prone: Rem. XP-100 6x47 Lapua, Huskemaw 5-20 scope, McRee stock, Kelbly trigger.

There are 5-shots. Conditions got me and one glanced the target at around 10 O'Clock-Wind can humble me quickly-Shooting 105 A-Max's. I haven't used this barrel very much but i really want s to shoot.

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