Need advice on Edge donor action

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  1. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    I have an oppurtunity to purchase a Remington BDL in 300 win mag. Will the boltface work as is, or will it require machining? Action lenght should be adequate? Anyone have any better ideas as far as actions for the 338 Edge?

    At 400 I think its a good deal. What say the masses?

    Thanks.

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  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    It should work just fine. Bolt face is just what you need. I wish I was building and edge right now
     

  3. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion a remington action may not be ideal for an edge. If you want to shoot a long 300 SMK or berger or any other long bullet you barely have room in an extended magazine box for the 338 rum and in my opinion its still really not enough to be able to seat your bullet out there and make use of your case. with the longer edge case you just have to seat your bullet deeper in the case and take up most of the extra powder capacity you have gained by going with the edge. So in my opinion go with the 338 rum and save money on the brass and dies. thats just my experience with the bigger 338's. Unless you want to go single shot then improve the edge and have a real beast haha
     
  4. bigbuck

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    This is true but all you have to do is buy a wyyat's extended box mag from midway for right around $29.00 and install it yourself as it comes with the instillatioin instructions included. Then yopu can seat your 300 grainers on out their.
    just anothwer opinion
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  5. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    If you read my post again you will see that even with the extended magazine box the 338 RUM barely fits with a longer bullet. the extended magazine box is only about 1/10 on an inch longer and then you have to get your bolt stop milled so that you can pull your bolt back long enough to catch the next round out of the magazine.
     
  6. bigbuck

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    OOoops... Okay now i've read it :) I installed my own extended box and i can tell you that it makes a big difference . Like you already mentioned the "bolt stop " has to be milled inorder for the bolt to come back far enough to catch the back of the shell that's what made me realize just how much further I can seat OUT my bullet ! I used a table grinder to "mill " my bolt stop :D it doesn't take a rocket engineer to do it .

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  7. learning

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    By the time you pay for the action, then pay to have it trued, a new extracter put inthe bolt, the wyatts extended box you might as well just get a borden or other quality reciever that comes with all of that. It'll cost the same or less. I have a 700 that kirby is building an edge on right now and if the rifle hadn't been given to me I would have surely went to a custom action. Also you don't have to wait to have your smith true a batch of 700 actions, thats the reason kirby stopped biulding on the 700.
     
  8. B23

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    X2 for learning. He is spot on!

    I recently had my 6-284 on a Rem 700 finish up and though it is and awesome looking varmint killing machine I have nearly the same amount invested in it as I would if I were to have gone with a custom receiver.

    In fact, if I would have sold that donor rifle and added that money to what I spent on my 6-284 I would have been within a few hundred dollars of my full on custom 338 Lap Imp built on a BAT HRPIC with a Lilja, MCM A5 w/thumbwheel adj cheek piece and Jewell trigger.

    You can certainly spend less than I did on my Remmy built 6-284 but if you plan on spending the money to make your Edge project all that it can be you will be close to the same money as it would if you bought a custom receiver and it will forever be a true "custom rifle" not just another Rem model 700 that was customized.
     
  9. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Bottom line is it will work!
     
  10. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    Just when you think you have it figured out, the "why the hell not" bug hits on the custom.

    Thanks for all your input guys. Looks like I have some thinking (and saving) to do.
     
  11. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    You should note that just because it says "CUSTOM" does not mean its true. I have one custom action an older McMillan and it was more out of spec than my rem 700.

    I have been milling this over a bit alot of guys seam to think that just because its custom it does not need to be trued. This is not the case at all it may be better than factory but it still needs to be cleaned up.

    Jon
     
  12. mike33

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    As you might of read my thread i just took delivery of a new edge. It was built on a 700 action with a wyatt box no trouble seating 300 smk and look at my targets i dont think it could be any better. Now the rest of the story: I already had a 700 bdl magnum longaction that was blue printed many years ago with a sako extractor installed. Would i go out and spend 500 for donor, 250 for action work plus 100 or so for extractor? I dont think so.. And dont even consider trusting a remington extractor. Its like putting a lot of money in a 15 year old car you still have a 15 year old car. But for my situation is was the right thing to do and i am happy with it.
    Mike
     
  13. Tikkamike

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    Mike how much of your bullet sticks you of your case from tip of the bullet to the mouth of the case? If you dont mind measuring .
     
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