Originally Posted by etisll40
I want to build an all weather especially cold, wet, dirty conditions, bolt gun. What action should I choose?
In 308, 30-06, 35 whelen.
Back woods, back of the truck tough, it will get abused but it has to be accurate, under 1 MOA and reliable feeding a must. Bears and hogs...
Opinions and or experience needed.
A precision rifle is not a very good "Truck Gun" because of the tolerances (Very close).
A rifle that will work in all conditions and dirty normally requires that the tolerances are
loose so dirt and debris will not stop it from functioning.
Most military rifles are designed for this purpose and have large chambers,bolts with plenty
of room in the action and with powerful extractors that will rip most stuck cases out. And
as a results are not very accurate.
Getting 1 MOA from these rifles is not easy as they are.
If you are looking for a 1/2 MOA rifle it may not be dependable under the conditions you
A good 03a3 Springfield in 3006 or a 98 Mauser in 8x57 might be just the thing for your use
and at a reasonable price. Both can be made to shoot well with some load development.
Also, optics dont hold up well when knocked around in the bed of a truck so I would recomend Iron Sites. Most bolt action rifles will function with reasonable care and even a soft case to keep the dirt
and mud out can make a huge difference.
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