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Old 07-31-2004, 12:41 AM
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custom long range rifle project

I decided to put together a LONG range rifle in 300 or RUM 338 RUM. 1. Who makes the best 28"-30" barrels for the money. 2. Does anyone know where one can pick up a new Remington 700 BDL action in one the calibers mentioned minus the barrel/stock or do I have to buy a complete base rig? 3. Also, what model action would be most suitable to build from? The Sendero? Or does it matter much. Any better ideas appreciated. Thanks. Dogear
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Old 07-31-2004, 01:03 AM
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Re: custom long range rifle project

Why don't you just go with the .338 Lapua. It has much better brass than Remington does. If you want a .30 cal or something with the same power you can always just use a lighter weight bullet for the .338 like a 200-250 and for heavier stuff use the 300? Almost any of the barrel makers are just fine. Lilja, Kreiger, etc are all pretty good. I'd opt for Kreiger, but thats me. If you want to go way long range than why not just invest in a custom action, etc than messing around with a Sendaro. It may cost more, but in the long run I think you'll be happier.
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Old 07-31-2004, 08:35 AM
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Re: custom long range rifle project

if u dont want to go custom the guys at GAprecsion open up rem. bolts for the lapua round. if u dont want to open the bolt that far and stick with 338rum its a great performer as well,but as was stated is the brass quality isnt great compared to the lapua.any long rem. action will work,i think i remember someone saying that a standard long action is better for opening up rather than a long mag. action. if it helps my buddys .338 pac-nor barrel is a fine shooter-my-2-dave

[ 07-31-2004: Message edited by: 6brguy ]
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Old 07-31-2004, 03:49 PM
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Re: custom long range rifle project

talk to chris matthews about building your rig. He is first class and a perfectionist. Mike Rock makes awesome 30 and 338 cal barrels. I'd choose between the 300RUM or 338LM. I'd say it would be easier/cheaper to build the 300RUM. All the actions are the same on remingtons. The stock and barrel is what seperates the sendero from the BDL. I'd look for a BDL or BDL SS depending on if you want a stainless or blued action. Sell the other parts on ebay.
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Old 07-31-2004, 07:46 PM
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Re: custom long range rifle project

I second the Chris Matthews suggestion. He is very professional and great to work with.

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Old 07-31-2004, 08:08 PM
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Re: custom long range rifle project

I just built a 338 lapua.

Custom PGW action (great action but long wait), mcmillian stock, jewell trigger, #7 28" fluted lilja barrel.

If you just need rem action and want a doner rifle, don't waste your money on a sendero. All bdl actions are the same.

Good Luck
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Old 07-31-2004, 11:07 PM
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Re: custom long range rifle project

If you go with the Lapua, get a 30-06 action. It works a little better for the conversion. Built a bunch of 'em that a way.
Plus 06's are about 300 in pawn shops everywhere here in KC.
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