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Old 07-20-2009, 10:50 AM
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BAT actions

First off, I've never had a rifle custom built for me. I work in a maintenance shop with a benchrest shooter, Jim King, down here in Utah. I told him about how I wanted to have a 338Edge built and he recomended several smiths. One of them was BAT Machine.
Is anyone here familiar with their actions?

I'm looking for a "legal in Idaho" weight gun, (15lbs I believe). I just moved from Idaho so I have a lifetime license up there. I'd like a fairly heavy gun for recoil, stability ect.

Secondly, I don't know what to ask for. Do smiths walk you through and build a gun from thier different vender's parts or do I buy all the parts myself and send them to the smith?

I kind of wish I could find a 338Edge for sale but there aren't many out there. If do find one they get snapped up pretty quick.
Thanks guys.

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Old 07-20-2009, 11:06 AM
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Re: BAT actions

I own one BAT action and it is phenomenal, it is a 338Allen Mag and is based on the 1.55" round action. There are a number of custom actions that can be used for a 338Edge, I'd choose an action with a Rem700 footprint, as that gives you the most options for stocks etc.

As far as the method used in gathering and purchasing components; you can either gather the components and then have a smith assemble for you, or let the smith order them and assemble once they arrive. The method you choose will depend on your own experience/comfort level in selecting components and making those decisions. Also, if you don't have all the money available, you may want to order only the longer leadtime components first and not have all the money tied up from the beginning. The longer leadtime components are typically the stock and barrel.

If I were having an Edge built, I'd have one of the fine smiths from this site build it for me. Shawn Carlock has probably built as many of these rifles as anyone, Kirby Allen has done a ton as well. I've had work done by both of these men and am 100% satisfied with both. There are other smiths on here that receive the same recommendations, but I haven't personally had dealings with them.

I'd talk with several of the long range smiths about your rifle and see which one you 'hit it off with'. Having a high level of confidence in your smith is important, any of the smiths on this site can interview you about your wants/needs and give you their recommendations.

Good luck,
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:43 AM
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Re: BAT actions

Thanks for the reply AJ Peacock. I will look at both gunsmiths you recommended. I just don't want to call a smith and not know what to tell them to put into my gun. They probably run into guys like me all the time and know how to walk me though it. That's a relief.
I just sold one of my houses so I have some cash sitting in the bank so I'm kind of excited.
Thanks again.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:14 PM
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Re: BAT actions

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Thanks for the reply AJ Peacock. I will look at both gunsmiths you recommended. I just don't want to call a smith and not know what to tell them to put into my gun. They probably run into guys like me all the time and know how to walk me though it. That's a relief.
I just sold one of my houses so I have some cash sitting in the bank so I'm kind of excited.
Thanks again.
Yeah, Take a deep breath and just give them a call and tell them what you want to do with the rifle. It may take you a few days to get ahold of them, don't sweat that though. The good ones are always really busy this time of year (making that push to get their customers guns out before season).

All you need to do is tell them what type of rifle you want and ask them what they recommend. Take notes, as they will ask you questions you haven't thought about yet.

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Old 07-20-2009, 03:54 PM
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Re: BAT actions

I just got off the phone with Shawn Carlock and as of 2:30pm I'm on his list to be a proud owner of one of his Canyon Rifles. I'm doing the Snoopy dance right now.
I have to say that he was very helpful and professional. He asked questions to see what I wanted/needed and made recomendations from there. Instead of trying to sell me everything he had, he talked me out of some ad-ons and recomended some others. I think he set me up with my best intrests in mind.
I'm sure all the gunsmiths on Longrangehunting are excellent and I couldn't go wrong with any of them but the 338Edge is kind of his baby so I called him first. Turned out to be a good choice.

Thanks AJ Peacock. I'll post pics when I get my gun, (around Jan/Feb).
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:07 PM
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Re: BAT actions

LRSickle, let me be the first to congratulate you, you've made an excellent choice (as you said, there are a bunch of excellent choices out there).

Let us know what exactly you are having built.

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Old 07-21-2009, 01:02 AM
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Re: BAT actions

I chose the Canyon Rifle with it's standard componants. The ad-ons were a one-piece 20moa Nightforce rail/rings and a Defensive Edge ACI. Can't wait!
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