OK, The re barreling of my 243 to 260 Rem hasn't been a painless experience, but I have learned from it so I've decided to move on and now build up a long range rifle with a custom action and barrel.
At this stage I'm thinking 6.5*284, 284 or 7mm SAUM. My aim is for an "accurate" light weight rifle capable out to 600-700yds on Deer.
I suppose my criteria for "accurate" is being able to consistently shoot 3 shot 1/2" groups at 100yds.
I'd like to keep the bare rifle weight to no heavier than 6 1/2 lbs if possible as I will fit a suppressor and thats another 1 lb hanging off the end of the barrel and severely affects balance.
I'm left handed so want a left bolt/left port configuration, which complicates matters a little. Looking on www.6mmBr.com
and reading their review of custom actions, it looks like its only the Barnard SM and Bordon Alpine actions are available in LB/LP configuration and Rem 700 size.
So my questions are:
1) Will the 6.5*284 cartridge fit in the Barnard SM or Bordon Alpine actions. The Barnard site indicates it will take a H-S Precision 5 and 10 shot mag assembly, and I have read that these mags are long enough for the 6.5*284, but the H-S site doesn't say if the mags a 2.8 OAL or longer. They also list a flush mag, but is this interchangeable with the 5-10 shot mags??. The Bordon site lists an Alpine Mag options with the Wyatt length repeater, so assume it is long enough, but I don't want a mag bolt face.
2) Neither of these actions comes with a safety, so I assume the after market Rem triggers come with safety's?
3) I'm considering a Christensen Arms carbon wrapped barrel to keep the weight down. Anyone had experience with these??? Are they as good as they claim for reducing weight and barrel heat??
4) My pick would probably be the Bordon on looks anyway, but I'm not too keen on a 26 week wait. Does anyone hold these actions in stock??
5) Any other actions I should look at???
Thanks in advance