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Unread 10-22-2008, 07:24 PM
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Which Custom Action?

I'm finally starting on getting parts together for my first custom rifle. Out of the different makes of custom actions that are 700 clones, which one is preferred and which one is the best value?

The rifle I'm planning will be a light carry, something along the weight and lines of the Remington Mountain Rifle, and used for deer & black bear hunting, and also for easy bench shooting. I typically shoot out to about 250 yards on game, but want the ability and accuracy to reach 400-500 if needed. Haven't decided on a caliber yet, but am leaning towards a 7mm-08 or another short action, and want to achieve 1/2" accuracy or better at 100 yards. So far I'm thinking:

custom action
Krieger barrel (22"?)
Jewell trigger
Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14 x 44 scope
Stock similar to lam. Rem. Mtn. Rifle or possibly a McMillan marbled stock

Besides mainly what action to consider, any suggestions to my list are more than welcome. Thanks.
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    Unread 10-22-2008, 07:52 PM
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    Re: Which Custom Action?

    blacktails, there is a pretty good Stiller group buy going on over on the hide right now. If I had the extra jingle I'd have one.

    It's worth looking in to.

    Stiller actions have all of the good stuff.

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    Unread 10-22-2008, 07:55 PM
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    I'd recomend Phoenix Machine , I'm having one built on now and I have to say that its quality is awsome for the money ,granted its no Bat but for half the price it ain't far behind , as good or better than the Stiller Predators and the one Lawton I've felt. Yea you gotta get a bolt and handel from PT&G but thats not a problem at all and you can order your bolt as tight as you want , coned bolt head , Sako or M-16 extractor rather than get whatever comes with the action.

    For the money and the options it would be impossible to make a Rem 700 run like this for that amount of money. My smith (308nate) has built several guns on them and I've never heard him say a negitive thing about them

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    Unread 10-22-2008, 08:32 PM
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    Based on my hunting and accuracy needs that I described, how would you have the Phoenix Machine action configured?
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    Unread 10-22-2008, 08:44 PM
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    I will toss my hat to Stiller.. Have half a dozen of his Predators of various sizes plus use his Pythons for my BR Guns. Perfect is my description....
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    Unread 10-22-2008, 09:24 PM
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    If your requirement is 1/2" in a short action light gun... is there a reason you just don't use a rem action? I totally understand if it's a want but you certainly don't need a custom to get that accuracy. If you add a good barrel, stock/bedding with a good smith you will be looking at a 1/2" gun. It's also possible to get a factory trigger tuned down to a very very good hunting level pull without spending the $ on a jewell. I am not saying that the best components aren't good to have and will make a great gun but you can meet your requirements and save enough to buy a good range finder.

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    Unread 10-22-2008, 09:31 PM
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    Re: Which Custom Action?

    when I build one, it will be a stiller action. remmy may be less wt though for you.
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