Shilen action questions

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  1. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    Is anyone familiar with the older Shilen actions? I just bought a "new" used rifle, built on a Shilen action. The action says "Shilen" and "60" on it, not sure if this is model number or serial number. The action is attached to the stock with three screws. The action is completely cylindrical, and is a solid bottom (machined in bottom, no clip/floorplate etc.). The bolt is straight fluted, with two parallel lugs on either side of the bolt face.

    It looks like it would be one of the original Shilen actions. The mounts that were on it were like the ones I have on a vintage pre-'64 Winchester .220 Swift, for a Lyman Super Target Spot or something.

    What size, type of mounts should/could I use? Any other info would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    Post a pic please, I might be able to help you out.
     

  3. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    I'm on vacation right now, but I'll post some pics asap. Should be home Monday.

    Thanks.
     
  4. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    Edited original post.
     
  5. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    It's the first action Shilen ever made, serial number 60 to be exact.

    The mounts it takes are two of the Remington 700 front bases, I bought the Weaver Grand Slam weaver-style bases, works fine.
     
  6. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    I have a few Shilen actions, and they have serviced me well over the years.

    Here's some Shilen action trivia....

    On the side of the action, you will see the engraving that reads Shilen DGA or DGA-M.

    What does "DGA" stand for?
     
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    My Guess would be " Damn Good Action"

    Is That Right?

    J E CUSTOM
     
  8. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    Bingo! lightbulb

    And the "M" stands for magnum...
     
  9. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    Actually, my action is pre-DGA lol. No markings except for "Shilen" and "60". I'll post some pics in a few.
     
  10. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    Here's the pics. It's a 6mm International, on a Shilen action, with a 27" SS barrel (1:13" twist). The barrel is in like new condition, internally. Sorry the pics aren't the greatest...

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  11. Joel Russo

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    It sure is pre-DGA...

    They refined the "60" and called it the DGA...

    The Shilen actions were quite popular with the BR crowd.

    I'll try to find a picture of mine, and post it here so you can see the differences..
     
  12. Stonewall2

    Stonewall2 Well-Known Member

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    bowhunthard

    Please post a photo of the bolt out of the action showing the locking lugs .


    Thank you.
    Glenn
     
  13. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    This was an old benchrest rifle (or built to be), and actually (I talked to Shilen the other day) the "60" is the serial number, not the model. This action didn't have a model number lol.
     
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    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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