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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by etisll40, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    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.

    Last edited: Jan 28, 2012
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    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.


  3. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    I agree with Jim.

    A couple of other possibilities with various pros/cons...

    AR10, 308, Red Dot scope with flip up co-witness iron sights

    Marlin lever action Guide gun
  4. Goodshot

    Goodshot Member

    Oct 22, 2009
    I would take a look at a Ruger Hawkeye in the SS synthetic Hawkeye in 6.5 creedmoor shoots 3/4" all day long and is built like a cartridge to consider might be the .338 federal....perfect for what you are planning to do. Ruger can be picked up for around five bills.......just my two cents worth. Goodshot
  5. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    Good ideas...

    Thanks for sounding in.
  6. Willoughby

    Willoughby Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    check out Savage's Hog rifle
    a true truck gun - with Savage accuracy
  7. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    I have a Savage and really like it. I had a match grade barrel put on it in 6.5x55. It's a real shooter.

    Mine is a 2007 BGH 30-06 which I bought new a couple years ago and it doesn't have the accustock and right now I am having an SSS trigger installed.

    The hog gun would be good if it was in 30-06 and no Accustock. I may buy one and rebarrel it to 35 Whelen. But I want open sights on it too.

    Currently I am thinking about the Remington 7600 pump gun in 35 Whelen, do you know anything about them?