Originally Posted by Kobra
Well Fiftydriver that is pretty much the answer I expected. I view enough of these different forums (wife says too many) to have noticed most use the three you named. At present all I have myself is Rem 700's.
So just to further my curiosity what is the inconsistent element in the Weatherby's - lug design or receiver design assuming the barrel and the trigger have been replaced/reworked?
My main interest in Weatherby's has always been 30-378 and 338-378 as I would prefer to dabble in 240, 257, and 270 wby's with Rem actions. My dealer back home has a Sako in .30-378, how well does that action accurize?
Thanks for feeding my curiosity.
I for one have had just the opposite results with Weatherby Mark 5 actions.
There machine accuracy is better than any other commercial action that I have used.
I am a big fan of the Remington action and do more of them than any other commercial action.
One reason is that the Remington action is very reasonable (Around $400.00 for Chrome molly
and $500.00 for a stainless action). And They respond well to any accurizing.
The Mark 5 Weatherby action is more consistant action to action and normally need very little
accurizing. The main issue with using one of the MK5 actions is price. They run from $700.00
(Best price) to $1400.00+. So it is just as easy to buy a custom action unless you can find one
in the $700.00 dollar range. (The rifles are to expensive to buy as a don er unless you find a deal).
As far as strength= White labs did a test to destruction of all commercial actions and the Mark 5
was the only one to survive without blowing up, brass flowed into the bolt,extractor,ejector and
locked up the action where it could not be opened. All the other actions exploded and were unusable.
Like most smiths I have My favorites and have good luck with them there are tricks to building
an accurate rifle on any action I personally don't like to build on a Ruger because it is a hit and miss
for me because of the angled recoil lug others have got it wired and like them.
So you can talk to a dozen smiths and you will probably get 12 different first choices and most will
name two or three that they dont work on because of there experiences with them.
The Mark 5 makes a great action to build on (Especially the big cartriges with the .580+ case head
diameters) because of magazine length,and the availability of center feed mag boxes from the
factory for under $50.00 complete. Extractors are easy to buy and replace with the correct size.
And the last thing is the nine lugs, They are machined like a thread and then cut/interrupted
making them very accurate/consistant with very little, if any lapping required.
Some of the most accurate rifles that I have made or own are on Mark 5 actions and have/will
shoot under 1/10th of an inch (1/10 MOA).
Just my opinion
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