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Unread 12-26-2009, 05:15 PM
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Ummm Ya, Actions

Well, I pretty much made myself confused. I'm trying to decide on a good action that will allow me to build a 338LM. A lot of posts on here say people build the LM off of Rem 700 or Savage long actions. I've also been reading sites that say LM need larger actions that are bigger than the Rem and Savage action.

My question is, what are the problems that could come across building a .338 Lapua off a long action by Remington or Savage? I've seen long actions on Gun Broker that are pretty cheap and in good shape. What should I be looking for so I make sure I get one that I am able to use?

I wasn't able to find anything with the search function. If someone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
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    Are you set on the Lapua?

    What about the Edge? It fits easier in the Savage and Remington actions due to the smaller bolt face than the Lapua.

    If you still prefer the Lapua, I'd skip the Remington and Savage and find a custom action that is built specifically to handle the Lapua.

    Check out the Stiller tac338/Predator Extreme, Lawton 7000/8500, Defiance Machine.
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    Are you set on the Lapua?

    What about the Edge? It fits easier in the Savage and Remington actions due to the smaller bolt face than the Lapua.

    If you still prefer the Lapua, I'd skip the Remington and Savage and find a custom action that is built specifically to handle the Lapua.

    Check out the Stiller tac338/Predator Extreme, Lawton 7000/8500, Defiance Machine.
    I've been looking at the Lawton 8500 and Tac338. Everything I have been able to read, as of current, stated Lawton has been having quality problems. So I was leaning towards Tac338. I just wasn't sure if I was able to find an action that didn't cost almost $1,000.
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    Repeater-BAT HRPIC. For a single shot-BAT M.
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    Look at the Phoenix also.

    I would forget the Lawtons right now, a "little" issue with QC going on.

    BH
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    Are you set on the Lapua?

    What about the Edge? It fits easier in the Savage and Remington actions due to the smaller bolt face than the Lapua.

    If you still prefer the Lapua, I'd skip the Remington and Savage and find a custom action that is built specifically to handle the Lapua.

    Check out the Stiller tac338/Predator Extreme, Lawton 7000/8500, Defiance Machine.
    +1

    The 338 RUM has a slight advantage over the Lapua in powder capacity and velocity at the
    same pressures and the Edge has the advantage over the 338 RUM for the same reason
    (More powder capacity).

    The Lapua "Needs a larger dia. bolt" to leave more room for the extractor and this normally
    requires the use of a mark 5 Weatherby or a custom action which is more expensive to build
    on.

    There is no doubt that the Lapua brass is some of the best brass available and will stand
    higher load pressures if you are into that.

    So with that said the choice is yours .

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    +1

    The 338 RUM has a slight advantage over the Lapua in powder capacity and velocity at the
    same pressures and the Edge has the advantage over the 338 RUM for the same reason
    (More powder capacity).

    The Lapua "Needs a larger dia. bolt" to leave more room for the extractor and this normally
    requires the use of a mark 5 Weatherby or a custom action which is more expensive to build
    on.

    There is no doubt that the Lapua brass is some of the best brass available and will stand
    higher load pressures if you are into that.

    So with that said the choice is yours .

    J E CUSTOM
    LTLR has also suggested that I just get the 338 RUM. But I'm not sure about the Remington XCR. I've heard horror stories about the stock and barrel. By the time/cost of replacing both, I might have well built a custom.

    I've heard the muzzle diameter of the Remington 338 XCR is pretty thin and makes it difficult to place a muzzle brake and that the stock is a cheap mold injected stock.
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