Re: M70 Winchester a POS!!
Your experience is my biggest fear in dropping the cash on building a custom rifle based on a WW or RP action. It seems to me to be roughly the same cost to buy a custom action instead of gambling on not getting one of the actions you described. From the quotes I've solicited, I figure its a 10% increase in the total price of the gun, no optics involved, to go with a Nesika, BAT, . . . compared to purchasing a donor action and having it trued. With reports of headaches and all like yours, it seems a small price to pay for the end result . . . satisfaction.
I think I'll wait an additional year to save up and get the Nesika or Bat actions for my dollar. That being said, I already have a Tooley MBR stock in the works for my .22-250's remodel into a 6BR. Is that hypocritical? Not really, because I already own the action so I deduct that money with some creative, Enron-derived accounting practices. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
So sad to hear of your troubles, but I bet they'll all be forgot when the 1/3 MOA groups start getting popped at your local shooting stop.