long or short action?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Ridge Runner, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Ridge Runner

    Ridge Runner Well-Known Member

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    starting to aquire parts to build my daughter a 700 260 AI, to make the most of this crtridge with 140's possibly vld's do I need a long or short action?
    thanks for the help
    RR
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Go with a short action .

    A long action is not nessary and sometimes awkward when loading because of the extra space.

    For your daughter I would recomend short action, mag length ammo and lighter bullets(around
    120grains) because of recoil and they will be good for distances of over 600 yards on deer.

    The slower velocities of the 140s will reduce the performance on deer. the 260 does very well
    at 3000 + ft/sec and bullet performance is enhanced.

    Use good bullets and she wont have any problems.

    Keep it simple and she will love the 260 and deer will hate it.

    Just my opinion.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    I use the long actions for the option of loading to longer COAL. After finding which bullet/length works best, I install a model 7 follower and machine aluminum spacer block to aid in loading mag.
     
  4. Ridge Runner

    Ridge Runner Well-Known Member

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    ok, thanks the rifle will weigh in around 11# and have a brake and decelerator on it, do they make a wyatts extended mag box for a short action?
    RR
     
  5. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    yes they do.