Originally Posted by c_bass16
"I BELIEVE" the M70 to be a far superior action to the M700...I believe the quarks to using one, are greatly outweighed by the benefits.
The biggest reason it's not used, is the 700 is just plain easier to work with, and being a military selected action...EVERYONE makes after market parts for it.
Use a smith that has experience working with one "Chad Dixon" at LRI comes to mind...and you'll have no issues.
As for bullet/load options for the caliber. I would strongly look at the 190 Bergers with RL17.
I absolutely Love the Model-70 action, & will continue to use them for every forseeable build I do.
I prefer the integral recoil lugg over having a "spacer" or "washer" if you will, for a recoil lugg. IMO, the strength in the Model-70 action trumps the shortcut advantage of the 700. Personal preference. I also prefer the 3 position safety, & extraction design.
You'll never want for aftermarket support with either the Model-70 or the Rem-700. It's strictly a matter of personal preference, & a quality, component gunsmith. Both are great actions. I'm just a Model-70 fan.
I had my 300WSM built on a Long Action Model-70, that started life as a 30-06.
It cycles properly, & shoots tiny lil groups consistently with RL-17 & 180 Accubonds.
It wears a fluted #4 taper 26" Hart 10 twist with a Mini Muscle brake. Had it throated for 200gr Accubonds, but have yet to try them due to the excellent performance of the 180's.
I will give the 190 Long Range Accubonds a whirl when I get some.
I could care less about drops for this rifles intended purpose, & range, but I like the idea of less wind drift, & 1300 fps vs 1800 fps expansion threshold.
Mine is strictly a LR hunting rifle inside 1k, but if I was punching paper or steel, out past that, the BC of the Bergers would be tempting.
If I was whackin' Elk at or past 1k I'd just as soon bump up to a big 338 anyway.
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