Re: 6.5-284 mutt whacka'
I'm a hooker when it comes to actions, I really don't care what action goes on what so long as it's made well, functions well, and is appropriate for the application.
If I were cornered and held at gunpoint I guess I'd have to choose the Nesika first. Only because I ran the shop for 3 years so there's an emotional attachment. I will admit that affection has eroded somewhat now that the old crew is long gone. I will say this though. I visit with the guys there now frequently and they are doing a nice job again. There were problems for awhile but they've gone back and researched the archive prints and revamped the programming. The 1st article receivers I saw a month or so ago were very, very, very nice. Something to keep in mind. . .
I really like the stuff Mr. Jim Borden is putting out. I have one in here now and it's THE HEAT. Very, very well made and the attention to detail is all top shelf. I can't wait to get this rifle wrapped up as it'll be a nice piece when its all done.
I like the Defiance actions as well. Glen and Lisa have done a remarkable job of getting back on their feet after the Nesika/Dakota Arms/Technology Funding fiasco. The Defiance stuff is a good piece. I've done a few rifles on them now and they have all shot very well, the finish work is good, and they deliver on time!-something of an oddity it seems in the custom action world.
Then there's the Barnards, Stillers, Stolle's, Anschutz, and Grunig and Elmiger, Bleikker, RPA quadlocks, etc.
There's a lot of good stuff out there and I've been fortunate to work on many of them. It boils down to individual taste.