Originally Posted by JOSE A. MARINE
I have the oportunity to buy a german made(sauer) Weatherby rifle in 300 weatherby magnum, and I would like to have your opinion on such matter, the barrel is heavily pitted and rusted but the action is intact; it has less than 100 rounds fired from it.
I would like to build a 338 edge on the action, but what are the pros and cons of this platform..
I know I can run into trouble with the trigger, but how bad are these?
I know it would be difficult to blueprint the action, but how bad do they need it?
Joe from Mexico
I may be predigest because I use a lot of these actions and find them to be fantastic donor
actions for custom builds.
First the bolt face is correct for your build. Next the triggers are very good and with few
exceptions can be tuned/adjusted to work very well and if you are not satisfied with the
factory trigger Timney makes a very good replacement that is fully adjustable.
As for blue printing the action it is very easy and most of the time not nessary because of the
way the locking lugs are made and the quality of the machining (Squaring the reciever face
and lapping the lugs is the only thing I normally do automatically the rest depends on how
precision the machining was done.
All of this work can be done by a component gunsmith with excellent results. So if you have
a chance to get a Mark 5 as a don er for a custom build 'DO IT'.
The only thing that should be done is to mill the bolt stop groove longer to get the most
travel out of the bolt.
When done correctly the Mark 5 based customs are extremely accurate and good looking.
J E CUSTOM