Originally Posted by Slaysesh
i want to build a 6.5X284. this is where i need to start so remington 700, sako or custom??? whats the best value for my money?
I would go with a Howa/Vanguard action. You can get them for less and IMO, they are a better action for the following reasons.
Single piece ported bolt
Sako style extractor
Integral recoil lug
Flat bottom receiver
Easy tune trigger
I have both Vanguards and 700's and prefer the Vanguards. Doing builds on both currently. I have also tuned triggers for both and was able to tune my Vanguard triggers in less than 5 min to a crisp 1 1/2 lbs while it took 30 min or more to tune the old style 700 triggers down to only 2 1/2 lbs.
If you upgrade to a Timney trigger you can get a 3 position for the Howa/Vanguard, but in order to get a 3 position for the 700 you must replace the bolt shroud for about $125.
Also, the Vanguard long action is about 1/4" shorter than the 700 so a little more compact which fits the 6.5x284 cartridge a little better.
Not all smiths work on Howas because they are metric threads. Both of my smiths convert the metric to standard when they do the rebarrel.
Hope that helps.