Which action/barrel do i buy? need help

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by dangaff, May 28, 2010.

  1. dangaff

    dangaff Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2010
    Alright, i've already ordered a Bell & Carlson stock to fit a:
    Remington 700 BDL, Heavy Barrel, Short Action

    If i cant find the right action and barrel to get, i will just get a Remington 700 SPS varmint and change the stock.

    So, what action and barrel do i buy to fit this stock - calibre of choice: 204 Ruger

    Open to any suggestions

    Thank you
  2. NesikaChad

    NesikaChad Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    It sounds like you have some money to spend and are not sure quite how to go about it.

    First, does Remington offer a factory chambering in 204 Ruger? I assume they do as it is a pretty common/popular varmint caliber now.

    Assuming they do, why not just buy an off the shelf rifle and be done with it?

    If that doesn't suite your needs, another option is to scour the local pawn shops, gun dealers, online services and locate a 223 Remington for as little money as possible. Buy it, send it to a smith, and have a new barrel chambered in what your after. Then your all set. If the budget allows for it, have the action tuned up at the same time.

    Then you find your stock, maybe have it pillar bedded, and your off to the races with a pretty good rig to build from. Triggers, bases, rings, optics will still need to be sorted out, but at least you got the fundamental portion out of the way.

    Good luck.


  3. dangaff

    dangaff Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2010
    Thanks mate

    Well if i cant find a decent barrel & action, i will just get a Remington 700 SPS Varmint - 204 Ruger

    I will be fitting her with a NXS 5.5-22x50

    I have a gunsmith about 30 minutes away, i sent them a email with how much would it cost etc.

    As i don't really know where to start.

  4. LongBomber

    LongBomber Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2008
    There are several custom actions with the Rem 700 inletting that you could start with. A barrel in a sendero or rem varmint contour is available from several makers. Bottom metal (trigger guard - floor plate/magazine) is also available from several manufacturers.

    It all depends on your budget, but a stiller action is roughly a grand, a barrel blank 350, trigger 200, bottom metal 500 - 700, rings/bases another 50 - 250. Chambering/barrel fitting and bedding would be another 500-1000 depending on the smith. Or you could go with a 700 sps varmint in 204 and have it bedded into your new stock. A 700 VSSFII in 204 would also fit, but is a more expensive option.
  5. Loner

    Loner Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    DEFIANCE MACHINE is a sponsor here and builds a vastly improved 700 style action.
    Barrels, there are a lot of great ones, Broughton, Hart, Bartlein, Kreiger and the list goes